Adding texture to metal gives it such interest and depth. Smooth metal polished to a high shine has its beauty too, but at least for now, I am drawn to textured metal. I’m enjoying the exploration of different methods to create texture. A lot can be done with hammers and chasing tools. If you’re lucky enough to own or have access to a rolling mill, many different things can be used to create texture. I’ve seen lace used beautifully to create texture with a rolling mill, for example.
The textured discs in these earrings were made by annealing a small sheet of sterling silver, taking it outside to the sidewalk outside my studio, laying it on the sidewalk and hitting it with a plastic mallet. I did a test on a piece of copper first and just loved the results. Now, I find myself looking around for other surfaces that might yield interesting results. Any ideas?