Rolling mill

My best investment ever: the rolling mill.

Firstly, it’s a beauty in itself (if you’re into plain steel, that is).

A few photos below as an attempt to prove that. If it doesn’t move you, that’s fine, too.

Secondly, as simple as it is, it can make so many things. A few photos below to show some examples. Imprints of lace and other fabrics, crochet pieces rolled flat (some to be shaped as tubes) and copper rolled so fine that it folds almost like a piece of paper.

For many years, I protected my rolling mill with an old plastic bag from Delhaize, the Belgian supermarket where I used to do all my shopping when I lived in Brussels. For sentimental reasons, I kept the bag until it literally fell apart. I like the multi-lingual message. It’s gone now, and only exists in my memory and in this blog post.

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

14 thoughts on “Rolling mill

  1. It is an attractive machine! Weekends in Maine is correct, it brings to mind the penny rollers. I collect those things, and relatives send them to me too, which is cheating I guess!

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  2. In summer 2019 I took an intro jewelry course at a local art center. The studio was well-equipped and of course included a rolling mill. I loved using it and tried impressing all kinds of patterns into metal. I think the teacher was amused. I did come up with a few nice things among others that were just chaotic but everything was fun to make.

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      • I sort of went off track during the class (they made earrings, I made these weird faces or kind of collagey pin like things (with no pin on the back, I did not get that far). I was afraid of the torch but I eventually managed that. Sawing, well, I barely got started on that skill. I did really enjoy it and if I could go back I would be more interested in the things I was doing, or small sculptures, almost, than wearable jewelry. Oh dear.

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