After reading about the book, Calder Jewelry, here on The Orchid, I
started researching it. I found a number of photographs from the book
(and exhibit) on Google images. I’m fascinated by his earrings,
necklaces and hair ornaments.
He used copper wire which was formed into curves and wheels and
other fanciful shapes. He flattened the wire by some method which
I’ve been pondering for the last month or so. I can’t figure out the
answers to these questions and hope someone here can enlighten me:
Did he work the wire into his shapes and then flatten it? It
seems that he must have, since whatever method he used to flatten
the wire would have work-hardened it to the point where it would
have been very difficult to shape, but I’m not sure.
Just how did he flatten the wire? I’ve looked at the photos to
see if I can discern any hammer marks but I don’t see them. Of
course, looking at a photo on a computer monitor is nothing like
having the item in front of me, but I just don’t see the evidence of
hammer work. Did he put the wire through some kind of rolling
device? I don’t know enough about metalsmithing to know what machine
would do that, but in my mind it would look somewhat like a
pasta-maker, with incrementally finer and finer pressure. How far
off am I?
If anyone understands how he accomplished his simple and beautiful
works in jewelry, I’d be much obliged to know. Thanks in advance.