Happy Accidents…

Metal Work_Die Formed Split Heart

Amazing what you can do with things that didn’t quite turn out as planned. I hadn’t used my hydraulic press in some time and I forgot how much force a 20-ton press expends. My copper Faux Bone_On the Mend_Broochheart was pressed in a ½” thick die just a bit too much resulting in a lengthwise split smack down the center! Well, when life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. With the addition of polymer clay, Faux Bone™, rivets, silver wire, and  bronze sheet metal, I salvaged this piece and created a brooch. A happy accident indeed! It turned out to be far more interesting than the original design I had in mind!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on June 21, 2015.

4 Responses to “Happy Accidents…”

  1. Love the outcome.


  2. Serendipity is a wonderful thing isn’t it? Now can you make a sort-of sister item? Repeat the process in another design? But the “broken and mended heart” is PERFECT.


  3. Most likely any dome-shaped piece will split in the center given enough force in a die. I could see the theme of a crack in a wall working well!


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