How to Mount Objects in Metal Frames
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For the illusion of "floating objects" Helen I. Driggs shares her technique, a step by step guide, on how to mount objects in matel frames.
Bi-directional tabs are a decorative way to secure delicate objects that have very pronounced curves or are thick, round, or otherwise a challenge to mount securely on sheet metal. I like to create extra long decorative tabs with my saw that will encircle the object much like a strap. Once the tabs have been burnished and work hardened, any thick or barrel shaped object, such as a branch, tube, shell, pebble, or stone, can be securely mounted and appears to float within the frame. This is a good skill to have as more consumers are seeking customized jewelry that incorporates materials that hold significance to them.
For this project, you will need 20 gauge metal (I used jeweler's bronze), a permanent marker, a millimeter gauge, steel block, metal stamps, round forming pliers, a jeweler's saw, a curved burnisher, and abrasive papers.
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