Friday, June 15, 2018

Grind and polish

©2018 Barry Smith - Silver-plated copper - small leaf - about 7-8cm long and 2 cm wide - picking up late afternoon colour on the polishing bench
I spent about 4-5 hours today finishing about 50 silver-plated inspirational leaves I started maybe up to a couple of weeks ago.  I had only reached the folding and cutting stage. Yesterday I managed to hammer all the leaves; and today was about grinding and polishing. The leaves are made from salvaged silver-plated brass and copper trays.

There is a bit of wear and tear in the grinding-polishing process

©2018 Barry Smith - The grinding flap wheels start out quite large but I really grind them down
©2018 Barry Smith - These soft leather gloves have seen a lot of grinding and polishing work
A few images of the completed leaves.

©2018 Barry Smith - A circle of inspirational leaves that will become part of the Daily Word Leaves sets.
©2018 Barry Smith - Lining up for peace - peace give-away leaves to promote peace
©2018 Barry Smith- All sorts of offcuts can become peace leaves - usually I'm looking for pieces in my offcuts box that are about 11cm long and 2.5cm wide
©2018 Barry Smith - I liked how the leaves were picking up and reflecting the light
 I also added in a Name Leaf for a new born - marking her naming and wishing her growth and strength for the future.

©2018 Barry Smith - A Name Leaf


  1. a beautiful flower mandala of peace

  2. Hi VA, MC and P - thank you generous folk for not only bothering to go beyond the FB click but also comment - much appreciated - crazy but we creative types in the main sit in isolation doing the things we enjoy and yet we want to connect with other creative folk as part of a creative community. VA - so often I can see the wonder of your cabin and studio - if only one day we could visit. MC - grand that you could see the mandala of love, hope and peace. P - strangely I don't get tired of making and giving away peace leaves - maybe they will do a little good. Peace. B


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