It was hard, but I did it!
I sawed off 8 pieces of 10 gauge copper, ground the ends and hammered them with a texture hammer. Then I bent them up and dug a channel in my soldering block so the branch would sit securely during the next step.
I took a 20 gauge sterling silver wire and melted it in little spots along the branch, pulling the wire up at the same time pulling the flame away so the sterling created rough little nubs along its length. This was way harder then I thought it would be. The flame had to be just right, too hot and the sterling melted over the branch, too low and the sterling wouldn't melt onto the branch, it would just ball up on the end of the wire.
After the branches had all their little nubs, I tumbled them, oxidized them and brushed them with steel wool. I then hammered the tops to flare out the metal and drilled hanging holes. Ground the flared ends to a smooth edge and finished!
I have wanted to create a branch finding to pair with a special strand of Narcozari turquoise briolettes I have had for-ev-er. My plan was to patina the branches with a new burgundy/brown color but I don't know?
Which do you like better? Branch version 1 with the patina?
Or branch version 2 without the patina?
The bare branch has a shibuichi appearance with the copper showing through the melted sterling.
I am a huge fan of shibuichi, having discovered it through Zoa Arts then found more through Green Girl Studios and Andrew Thorntons bead store.
What do you think?