with Patrick Davison
A workshop introducing mixed metal work, focusing on the use of wire with introductions to sheet and tubing.
November 2014 for the third year BFA.
Wire – Wire making is at the core of any jewellers practice, and its use in mixed metal work is endless.
We will use two types of soldering and I will use the terms
outside and inside soldering.
Outside soldering is applying the solder after the wire has been formed, and inside soldering is working the solder with the wire,
during the forming process. Both are valuable depending on the work required.
Most of the work we did was using wire, twisting different metals and different alloys together or weaving them like a fabric into sheets.
We then used Solder to bind these together, this is where I used the term inside and outside soldering.
Outside where the solder is applied after the wires were twisted, and inside is where the solder has been drawn into wire and woven into the fabric like the other wires.
We looked at both techniques an the pro and con of each method. (I made these terms up, they are not technical terminology! )
Solder – Making solder is very useful for the metal worker, it can save time and money but can also be an interesting journey into understanding alloys. Further experimentation can lead to finding solders suitable for certain tasks and a richer understanding of the soldering process.
Sheet and tubing
Sheet and tubing can be used in mixed metal work in many ways. It is useful to be able to make tube accurately as this can be used with the sheet both made with wire, and perhaps mixed metal sheet work to further develop the working process. Where this is concerned there is no substitute for experimentation.
This demonstrates the endless variations and opportunities that working with mixed metals can provide. By making a material using one method, then combining it with another, or repeating a process over and over, can open up new avenues to explore. It can also refine the final result of the piece, but perhaps can also complicate it unnecessarily, diluting the final result. This is down to the individual to judge and explore.
Experimentation not only finds new outcomes for the process but also refines the understanding of the making procedure leading to predicted and controlled results.
In conclusion some examples of the extraordinary work of Patrick Davison.