Sunday, May 20, 2018

Funnel forms from the forest floor

©2018 Barry Smith
Quite a bit of time over the weekend was given over to: rearranging studio space; and cleaning and displaying gallery-shop items.

However I did a metal hammering session on Friday and Saturday morning. I wanted to make seven funnel forms from goblet bases and other small silver-plated stands.

Fungi was my inspiration for the shapes hence the title for the post. A few photos of the process follow.

©2018 Barry Smith - Metal fatigue - too much nickel in this metal
Forms on rust before going to the grinding-polishing bench.

©2018 Barry Smith
A photo of the forms after polishing them with a worn out steel wire wheel.

©2018 Barry Smith
There is a bit more hand cleaning and polishing to do - but then they will be ready to send to Blackall.


  1. love the polished hammer marks, did you keep going with the cracked funnel form?

  2. MC - thanks for your double visit and comments - the shimmer and hammer marks are two things that encourage me in this work. No I didn't continue with the cracked form as the metal had so much nickel in it that it was nearly impossible to move with the hammer and stake. I still have not found a way to anneal nickel. Go well. B


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