Hollow Forms Experiment

by anna on January 11, 2012

in Anna's Blog

I wrote earlier that I was experimenting with the creation of hollow forms. Here you can see the result of these experiments –  Suspended pendant necklace.I finished it yesterday.

It was born out of my deep love for the sea, especially shells and pearls. It is, in fact, a pearl suspended inside a shell – with a modern twist to it.

I love shells and hoard them. I have a few thousand shells in my home. And recently it occurred to me why I love them so much. Because they’re houses! I love houses and shells are houses of the mollusks! That’s why.

  Now, hollow forms are considered to be the top notch in many types of jewelry-making. Construction of hollow forms is thought to be the most advanced level of the craft. To be frank with you – it didn’t feel so to me. But then, again, there’s this thing – I walk right over pits all others fall right into, and I fall where others don’t even see any road blocks :).

It didn’t bother me to make a hollow form. Then ask me to make a simple little critter – and I’ll sweat over it for hours :).

The key to the successful creation of a hollow form is the right core. You need to use something that you later will be able to remove from the inside of your form. Otherwise you’ll end up with a stuffed form, rather than a hollow one :).

In terms of working with polymer clay anything dissoluble will do. But then again, when your piece is covered with mica powders which are being removed by water, it becomes a bit of a challenge to dissolve the core, doesn’t it? 🙂

The idea of making hollow forms came to me after reading a wonderful book “Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers” by Elizabeth Bone. I was given the book as a holiday present after I started working with precious metals. Maybe I’ll write a review on this book, too. After I finish reading it :).

Let me know what you think. And if you’re on the creative side, go make some hollow forms, too.

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