Melissa Traynor

To expand my experimenting with copper, I've started forming sheet metal around glass vases. I buy a vase with an interesting shape from one of our wonderful local thrift shops. Based on the vase shape, I come up with a design that I think can be made out of sheet metal. In this case, I used metal reclaimed from a copper hood.  I cut the metal, fold it, anneal it, then shape it around the vase. My vase didn't work out as originally planned. I decided that the vase style wasn't going to work with the metal shape I was creating. I wanted a taller and narrower diameter vase. So I went back to the thrift stores and found the vase used in the final product. Please come see "Whale Tails" and my other whimsical pieces at my studio located at catalog #125.  

Glass vase and sheet metal prior before...
Metal being formed into shape
Final merge of metal and glass for "Whale Tails"
Glass vase and sheet metal prior before...
Glass vase and sheet metal prior before...
Metal being formed into shape
Metal being formed into shape
Final merge of metal and glass for "Whale Tails"
Final merge of metal and glass for "Whale Tails"