Air Chasing Copper - Trying Something New!

I love pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying a new technique and I have always wanted to have a go at air chasing copper.

Ok what is air chasing I hear you ask?  

Well the art of air chasing is hundreds of years old and maybe even goes back as far as 3000 B.C. and it refers to how metal is pushed and formed into patterns using punch tools and hammers, leaving beautiful patterns on the metal.

The results will be different every time so each piece of jewellery created will be totally unique.

To start I took a piece of sheet copper approx. 12 cm by 9 cm and heated the copper so it was soft and pliable. I then folded it over in half and placed it in my bench vice. Using various punches and hammers at different angles I formed lots of indentations in the metal and created lovely unique patterns.

Once I was happy with the texture I removed the copper from the vice and heated it with my torch to soften it to allow me to unfold the piece. Once unfolded the true beauty of the pattern created was revealed.

I was then able to use this lovely piece to create a lovely organic pendant and matching earrings (well not quite matching as they have slightly different patterns!) and I still have some copper left over to use for more smaller pieces!

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