Passage - Copper Hollow Form Brooch (May 2013)
This assignment was memory based, and I chose to reference the intertwined pipes in the passageway between the Homer and Nickerson dorms of the RISD freshman quad. I lived in Nickerson, and would walk through this passage nearly every day to meet my friends in the Homer 2 workrooms. Also, being a climber, the pipes throughout the quad were hard to resist for a few quick pull ups or just goofing off.
Soldering such a large piece proved to be problematic, and I resorted to soldering one seam at a time (34 total plus 3 for pinback). Basing my design on the arrangement of the pipes, with modified angles to fit the shoulder, I constructed the brooch in three pieces. I then cut and filed the compound miters and constructed a jig to support the legs while I soldered them together.
Materials: 18 gauge copper sheet, silver solder, stainless steel pinback
Photo Credit: Jonah Willcox-Healey (brooch pictures) and Mary Boyle (fisheye photograph)