Mixed Metals

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.

Patrick Davison, borrowed Box, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, borrowed Box, mixed metal

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.

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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! )

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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.

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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.

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Combining  techniques
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.

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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.

Patrick Davison, jar, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, jar, mixed metal

 

Patrick Davison, Jar, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, Jar, mixed metal

 

Patrick Davison, Jar lid, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, Jar with lid, mixed metal

 

Patrick davison, dish, mixed metal

Patrick Davison, dish, mixed metal

 

 

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