It's the first week of BAW (Brooch A Week)! BAW is a jewelry challenge on Flickr that is open to everyone and all mediums. It's an exercise in creativity. A motivational tool. A place to meet awesome artists. A place to see awesome artwork. It's whatever you want to make of it. Some really enthusiastic people are taking on BAD (Brooch A Day). While I'm tempted... I still haven't completely recovered from RAD (Ring A Day).
There are already a bunch of super fun brooches in the flickr group, so I hope you will check them out and follow along. I'll probably be blogging about my favorites as they pop up, and hope to blog about my weekly brooch with in-process shots every week, but don't hold me to that!
For my first BAW I wanted to incorporate a gorgeous stone that I believe I acquired through my hubby's family at some point. I'm not even sure what it is, but it's always on my bench within reach so I can take a moment and gather my thoughts while I ponder its magnificence.
The first step was to start sketching. I wanted to do something simple but interesting. And I didn't want to get too crazy, so I was all about the cold connections.
After I was happy with the sketch I cut out a couple of models. Whenever I use large tabs I like to make sure everything lines up nicely before I start cutting... took a couple of tries!
Now for the fun part! Saw Saw Saw! Here's what the brass looked like before I started bending the tabs. The hubby said it looks like a duck wearing a jet pack... hmmm... maybe...
What do you think? Pretty close to the sketch?
And look! It stands up nicely!
Thanks for reading and come back next week for BAW 2.