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Hollow Forged Cetic Bracelet by ou8nrtist2 Hollow Forged Cetic Bracelet by ou8nrtist2
This bracelet is a good example of an Early La Tene(PLASTIC) Style ornament of 5th-3rd cent B.C. albeit fabricated in stainless steel. I get great inspiration in the study of ancient metal artifacts from all over the world, but especially Celtic (my heritage). In the Early La Tene Period one can see inspiration for many organic styles as well as the progenitors of Art Nouveau. The Celtic metal artisans who,incidently were accorded a status equal to the Druids and the warrior class, were the first in the architectural record to twist square stock by forging. I only know this because I became very attracted to this artifice from the first time I saw it and researched its genesis. I utilize this technique in many of my pieces,from my flatware, chopsticks, this bracelet, to table legs and knife handles.
I have amassed a fairly extensive library of resource materials on this subject and their ancient metalwork continues to astound me...
I started with 1/2 inch stainless steel square tubing with a .065 wall (a common thickness for stainless tubing wall).I've used only the oxy-acetylene torch to forge this piece. I cut it to length and placed one end in the vice. On the other end I clamped a pair of vice grips with "soft jaws"(little wrap around pieces of copper so that the teeth of the vice grips do not leave marks on the surface of the stainless tubing which might have to be ground off later). I then began to strategically heat the stainless tubing to begin to twist it. One must be very careful with stainless steel not to heat it too much as it tends to get ruined from over heating much easier than steel. In this process I am heating ONLY where I want it to twist,(for this bracelet about a 1/2 inch at a time).
After accomplishing the series of twists in the straight piece,which incidentally are made back and forth. I usually do a whole turn to the left ,then a whole turn to the right and so on,but I can see that I have not done that here, that it must have been a quarter turn or possibly a half. One must be constantly open to spontaneity when creating a piece like this that depends on so many variables the amount of heat in play being the primary designate of where and how far the metal wants to be twisted...After accomplishing the pattern in the straight piece, I then go about forging around a pre-made form which simulates the EXACT shape and diameter of my wrist where I wish to wear the bracelet. The form itself is an interesting fabrication made from two short sections of stainless pipe welded side by side simulating the two long bones of my arm (radius and ulna).
The heating of the piece to wrap around the form is much broader than when making the twists. After the wrap around is accomplished I fill in the open ends using the MIG welder running stainless wire. Then the finished shape is ground and polished. the interstices remain darkened from the forging process but the high points revealed take a lovely shine and the contrast embellishes the piece...
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September 20, 2006
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