The Heart Cutter from Wisconsin

A very exciting parcel arrived at the workshop last Friday:

Last year I invested in a Swanstrom disc cutter from Rio Grande and, without doubt, it’s one of the best tools that I own. This year those clever folks at Swanstrom have designed shaped cutters and my latest acquisition is this little heart shaped beauty:

Naturally I had it out on my bench and cutting things in under 3 minutes – and the little hearts come out just perfectly:

So I grabbed some spare silver and made a heart shaped version of my larger Flotsam pendants:

I’m really pleased with how well it came out, it’s neat, lovely and slightly more floral my usual. I think it’ll be just perfect for valentines.

I polished it up and the final piece is here:

To celebrate the new cutter (I know, I’m a little crazy about tools …) I’m going to run a Valentines Giveaway so, if you’d like to win the first product of the new cutter, then check out the details here.

(… and here’s a quick final shot of my disc cutter, Albie, and Winnie (of Wisconsin) nestled safely together on the bench. Aw!)

Crescent Pendant Commission

Occasionally I make things to order. Usually it’s for people I know but sometimes I meet someone at a show or they contact me through my website, we draw something up and, well, I make it.

I find that most people like the overall style of my work but want something with a specific twist that makes it more them – and it’s always interesting to see where they take the work. Sometimes a little unexpected inspiration pushes you in a new direction.

So, last week Mr W informed me that a friends birthday was coming up, he’d had a think about it, and he’d like me to make this:

Crescent Sketch

Now, obviously sketches for clients aren’t usually this informal -but that’s what he gave me.

It’s based on the form of a crescent moon and (happily) makes use of the lovely new disc cutter. The basic body of it was a fairly simple set of silver domes, cut to a crescent shape, but the slice that fits between them was slightly more complicated. It took at lot of fitting and careful tapping on mandrels to get it to the correct size/profile but it was so worh it.

Have a look at the finished piece:

Crescent Pendant - Side View

and some in process images too: