fused pendant Here’s a better picture of that fused pendant. It is so hard to accurately capture the detail, but you get the idea. I’m getting faster with my fusing technique, and figuring out some tricks that get the pieces to turn out the way I want them to, rather than leaving it up to trial and error. That’s one of the great things about mastering a technique – when you first learn it, there’s so much experimentaion, which is really fun and creative. Then as you get better at it, you can control the results more, and that leads to a more purposeful design process. At least that’s how it works for me – once I have a technique “down” designing becomes easy, and I often get design ideas from my experiments while I’m working on mastering the technique. I’m at the point where I can control the type of fusing I’m doing on this style pendant, so now I can focus on trying some designs I’d been thinking about.

I also got up the courage to try a design that I’ve been thinking about for a while. It involves metal “knots” that are fused at the ends. I guess the basic idea was originally inspired by Loren Damewood’s intricate knotted metal rings, but I had a more freeform style in mind (of course). I have a couple that are ready to be tumble-polished, and then I’ll decide if I’m going to add any pearls or stones to them.

I also started the piece below, which is maybe going to be a pendant and maybe part of a bracelet. I haven’t decided how much I want to embelllish it yet, so it’s sitting on my soldering pad until I figure out how to finish it.

3D fused pendant in progress