Monthly Archives: April 2007

A slow week at my place

We had friends come in from Virginia that week. I had been working hard to get things done around the house and Kate has been more clingy than ever. So I got about 5 or 6 new angels made up and one pendant.

Here are three of the angels I did this week. I was playing around with them trying to come up with a little different style. They almost look like butterflies. I would like to add some butterflies to my work, but haven’t quite figured out how to make the bail yet. I will have to keep working on that.

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Here is a new pendant that took me about 3 days to finish and get right. Even then I had to do some re-working with it as I melted some of the spirals trying to get the copper backing attached. In the end, I am pretty pleased with how this piece turned out. It has some nice weight to it and is very feminine.

Front:

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Back:

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Adventures in LOS

I didn’t get much done this week in regards to making jewelry. A teething 8 month old is never a fun thing to deal with. So the one thing I did make was a bracelet for my YOJ piece.

I took 24 ga Sterling sheet, cut it up into 3/4″ x 1/2″ pieces, reticulated it, drilled holes, placed jump rings and soldered them closed. I stretched the jump rings a little so they were ovals and attached a very simple crook neck hook. Once I had the pieces all together and pickled, the entire bracelet took the plunge in the stinky Liver of Sulfur mixture. I buffed it a bit with steel wool and tumbled the piece for about 45 minutes.

It makes the coolest tingly sound and is VERY light weight. I can barely tell that I am wearing it.

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I also dunked my piece from last week in the LOS solution.
Before LOS:

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After LOS:

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I think I will try to remove a little more of the LOS in the copper center. I just have to figure out how to do it first. HAHAHA Overall, I do like the effect of the LOS on this particular piece.

One more leap

I’ve never tried the Liver Of Sulfur (LOS) treatment on my work. I have had my little can of LOS for quite some time now. I was working on this piece and it didn’t go quite as planned and I figure I had nothing more to loose and the silver took the dunk in the stinky solution. Here is the result. I really like how this one turned out.

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A few more new things for this past week.

I am still getting used to trying out new techniques. I have so much to learn.

This first piece is a necklace that I was asked to make for a family member. I think it turned out rather pretty. The stones show up more green than they really are. They are a tad more pastel than what the picture shows. I didn’t come up with the design, it is based off of a picture.

It is made with Fresh Water Pearls and faceted glass.

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This next piece is an angel for my friend Candace. The picture isn’t very good, but the angel is just down right pretty. She is made with a Fluorite bead and sterling silver.

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This next one is my very first attempt at Reticulation, a process used to texture silver. It was a lot of fun and I will try this again. I got a little carried away and you can see that I began to melt the silver. It still has a pretty cool effect.

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This last one didn’t turn out how I wanted it to at all. The silver has a disc shaped cut out of it. The copper dome actually sits through the disc shape, it is pretty cool. The silver dome can also be seen from behind in a hole in the copper. The bail has been attached with silver wire rivets.

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As always, Comments and suggestions are welcome.

New Tools are so much fun.

Well, I had a little bit of time at my bench again. I am still very slow and not very good at some of this stuff. I know that I will only get better with practice. I just wish I knew all the little trick and tips. I am sure I will learn them eventually. I’ve already learned quite a bit just working on the next two pieces.

The first one is a sterling silver back plate with a domed copper disc. Set inside of that is a bezel set Onyx. I really like the look and feel of this one. I am afraid I didn’t do good of a job with this one. The solder doesn’t look so good under the dome. Also the angle of the picture is a little off. It is slightly more balanced on the bottom than how it looks here. However, it really is slightly off. When I was firing and the flux got all bubbly, it moved the disc a bit. DANG IT!

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This next one was a REAL PAIN to make. But I like the end result. I believe this is a Unakite, but I am not sure. The colors are more muted than my other Unakite stones.

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This is another small wire wrapped pendant I did a short while ago. I just kept forgetting to photograph it. I called it “Wind on Fire”

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As always, comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Let’s bring on the spring!

I received most of my new tools in the past two weeks. I have been having a fun time playing around and seeing what I can do. Here are my latest creations. Most of them were created last night between the hours of 6:00 pm and 4:00 am – YIKES! I am pretty happy with how most of them turned out. I think I am getting worse and worse with my wire wrapping skills though. I need to work more on that area I guess.

Well, here are my creations. Any comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

My week 14 YOJ piece titled April Showers

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My first attempt at a bezel setting (while alone and without anyone helping me)

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My first attempt at tube riveting

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A fun piece of Copper and Sterling Silver

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A little larger

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And finally, a Fluorite Angel

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