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March 25, 2015

fold bead 3 copy

When starting new work I like to have lots of different shape elements to combine and recombine when I am making the piece. Here is one I started to work out today. Right now I consider this a ‘bead’ to string. It was a rectangular piece of 24 gauge copper.The edges were ground smooth. I did not anneal it. I pounded dents and holes in it with a nail punch and then hammered it into a fold leaving enough room for my stringing chain to pass through easily. The size after hammering in the fold is 2 3/8 ” long x 3/8″ wide. The channel for the chain is a bit irregular so I am thinking the bead will lie on the chain at somewhat of an angle and am hoping this will look okay. Next I enameled the piece. For me, as always, I must see the ancient female circle of witches in my pieces and their constructs. And this piece seems to have burned through from there.

fold bead 1


fold bead 2 copy


path portal 2:'15

” the circle as path and portal” figural mixed media by jane cather

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Charlotte Kilgarriff permalink
    March 25, 2015 10:25 pm

    Do you make the wire skirt? If so, how do you do that? Your dolls are beautiful.

  2. March 25, 2015 11:20 pm

    Thank-you. Yes, I do make the wire skirt. I use brass wire which I solder to a waistband of copper. I flair out the wires to create my shape and then wire on the horizontal bands with thin copper wire where they intersect. I put a touch of solder at each tied wire intersect. As I am tying on the horizontal wires I thread on my ‘beads’. It is not planned I just work along and build it up.

  3. Patricia Reilly permalink
    March 26, 2015 3:21 am

    Dear Jane .. I have always looked to you for inspiration and have felt fortunate to have found this venue to continue my experiencing of your knowledge, creativity and heart.
    Thank you so much for sharing .

    • March 31, 2015 3:57 pm

      Thank-you Patti! I hope your flame is on and all is flowing well for you! Jane

  4. March 26, 2015 4:52 pm

    I’m excited to see how you use this in a necklace! Very cool!

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