Plain paper, graph paper, lined paper, card stock, index cards, rice paper, parchment, sketch pads. I feel
that in this computer age there is still a need for paper. I always make sure I have paper and a pencil with me where I go. These are important tools when an idea either crashes or crawls into my head. I even keep a pad of paper and sharp pencil on my bedside table; hey, you never know. One of your best design ideas may invade a sleep deprived night.
I find index cards to be my best friend when drawing new shapes. They are stiff enough to hold a good shape for tracing your design on to a piece of sheet metal. After you are done tracing and cutting, the index card pattern is excellent AND reproducible. I especially use the paper pattern to find center on a shape. Some shapes are abstract and using a ruler you may not easily find a center point to assure a punched or drilled hole will allow the shape to hang correctly.
Sometimes the center point may need to be determined by eye and you'll need to experiment to find
the right placement for a hanging hole. You certainly don't want to start punching holes in metal! That is where the paper pattern comes into play. Using a 1.25mm Euro hole punch and a piece of wire are essential tools when you are pursuing the right balance.
Decide what pattern or shape desired and draw out on an index card.
Cut out the pattern or shape.
Make a dot where you think a hole should be punched on the paper pattern, punch using a 1.50mm Euro Punch.
Slide the pattern onto a piece of wire and determine if they shape hangs to your liking.
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Judy Freyer Thompson has been creating since 2006 and is mostly self-taught. She is an artist with a diverse background ranging from farming to mechanical manufacturing to aerospace. Her jewelry and small sculpture reflect both her experience and fascination with materials that are earthy. More often than not she loves to 'think outside the box'. She loves to incorporate found objects and objects such as bones, teeth, fur in her work. These desires feeds her desire to design and create one of a kind pieces of art to wear. Her work has been in various galleries as well as being featured in magazines and books. Along with Kalmbach Publishing , she released Simple Metalwork Jewelry in October 2016. She is a freelance designer and writes projects for Wire Jewelry and other on line publications.
By day, she is the Assistant Director of a School Readiness Program. She lives in CT with her husband Mel, daughter Madison, and kitties Truman, Binky and Layla
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