Hammered Brass

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With the new season approaching, I've been looking over and reassessing some of my samples for the next collection. One of my favourite pieces includes a hammered brass and rolo chain necklace featuring discs and chain from old factory stock. Due to their age, the discs were more of a dullish orange shade, but with a quick wash and polish they've acquired a beautiful golden shine.

Hammered brassHammered Brass Necklace by The Vamoose

Initially, I wanted the necklace to fall at a longer length, but after a few wears I couldn't stand the jangling sound with every movement. So as to avoid sounding like a walking wind chime, I removed a few inches and the jangling sound has thankfully been reduced.

As much as I like the design, I feel as though it didn't do my original research justice. Inspired by 16th Century armour, richly detailed textiles and Baroque interiors, perhaps I could have been a little more adventurous with those discs and created something that explored the design further. So as a personal project, I've gone back to my research and set about creating a number of experimental pieces, just for the fun of it.

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So far, I've begun work on a neckpiece combining brass and leather, and also the beginning of a cropped vest-style item (pictured below). It feels good to be working on something different to the usual shop pieces, a little fun on the side and perhaps an incentive to continue this more often.

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Image credit: my own photographs

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24 replies to this post

By K, 16th June 2012
Where can i find hammered brass pieces? any shape!
By K, 16th June 2012
Where can i find hammered brass pieces?
By JewelryWebsite, 26th April 2012
Very awesome piece of collection. I like this.
By Marie, 2nd December 2011
Your brass necklace is a treasure. She goes with most any article of clothing.
By Abegail Barrios Designs, 30th August 2011
I love your photography! I also love that your tools look so perfect! I sooooo need new ones!! :)

Love Abby
By puppyloveprincess, 9th August 2011
these are so lovely!
By Abegail Barrios Designs, 4th August 2011
Wow! You're so talented!
By ira, 26th July 2011
Wow.. the piece looks so astonishing!... Really wonderful!... I love the simplicity of the hammered brass. I featured your flower fabric at my blog http://live-love-and-be-creative.blogspot.com/2011/07/flower-handmade-inspiration-board.html
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 28th July 2011
Thank you ira, both for the compliment and the blog mention!
By Natasha, 17th July 2011
Those hammered brass plates are fabulous, they look like rose petals. I am so gonna steal this idea from you :) ****yoinks**** :)
By Jo, 16th July 2011
Wow! The piece in the last photo looks stunning! Can't wait to see more. (by the way you were the inspiration for a post on my blog earlier this week and it features one of your necklaces - just wanted to let you know in case you wanted me to take it down - if so, please let me know and I'll do so immediately). thanks
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 18th July 2011
Thank you Jo and I'm incredibly grateful to anyone who features my jewellery on their blog/website :)
By Kourtney, 15th July 2011
This looks and sounds simply fabulous! My husband used to make chainmail as a hobby. I began experimenting with it just for fun, and it can be so very relaxing - I hope you find the same!
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 15th July 2011
Thanks Kourtney, I'm really enjoying working with it so far. Interesting to see how flexible the surface becomes depending on how the discs are pieced together. Good luck with your own experiments!
By AngieMontreal, 15th July 2011
My husband and I are obsessed with Game of Thrones too! About to watch it right now actually, I find the costumes so inspiring too :)
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 14th July 2011
Thank you Marthe and Ana!

Anabela: Wow, no idea you had a degree in medieval studies! I only started thinking critically about how I'd used the discs after becoming obsessed with Game of Thrones. Think I've found the perfect excuse to watch it all again!
By Anabela, 14th July 2011
Oh my goodness, I just love these! And how I love that you were influenced by 16th century armour. I have a degree in medieval studies so any time anyone makes medieval things sound cool, I get so excited.
By Ana, 14th July 2011
Oh my god! You are so talented! I adore this, I don't love it, I adore it!
By Marthe, 14th July 2011
I love what you're doing here!

I'm saving up some money in the fall to upgrade my wardrobe and one of your necklaces are definitely on my buying list! :)
By dianne, 14th July 2011
These are, as ever, very beautiful pieces. Its also wonderful to see how much research you have going on. I like the idea of these been drawn from history rather than just nice pieces of jewellery. Also I would totally buy one of these if you made it into a harness of some variety, so lovely.

xx Di
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 15th July 2011
Thanks for the compliment! The third style I've been working on is more of a body piece than the others. The discs are clustered together in the centre of the chest and begin to drape downwards and outwards, fastening at the back. Will share the result when it's finished :)
By Nishe, 14th July 2011
I love these!
By Kathryn / The Vamoose, 14th July 2011
Thank you :) Your painting of Cassie is incredible by the way!
By Nishe, 21st July 2011
Thank you! <3

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