A new leaf – Part three

Well, we had to turn in the third installment of our “line” this morning. I was up working on it until about 2:00 in the morning. UGH! This one turned out okay. There are some things I really like about it and some things that I don’t.  I am not super keen on the bail, but I tried three different times to solder one on and all I ever ended up with is 3 melted blobs that weren’t anywhere near attached. It was rather frustrating.

It didn’t turn out at all how I originally intended for it to look, but hey, I finished it about 6 hours before class and that was all that mattered. HAHAHA Besides, the instructor wants me to do one more. Yipeeee – *yawn* So watch for “A new leaf – Part four” on Wednesday.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

Melissa Muir Jewelry

Melissa Muir Jewelry

It looks like we might be adding a new class to the schedule at Grand River Beads on November 10. We would like to do the copper cuff bracelet. I will post here to let you know if it happens.


2 thoughts on “A new leaf – Part three

  1. stefanie

    On class entry #3, could you describe how you did the main piece. Is it sawed the shape of the back and then a bordering wire soldered onto the front (what gauge?). Your work is amazingly creative–I am sure you are “ranking your class!” thanks, stefanie

  2. Melissa

    Hey Stefanie,

    I will do my best to explain a little….

    First I die formed the piece making it puff out a bit. Then I cut out the main shape leaving a bit around the edges. I believe I cut out the main pieces at this time then I forged the sterling wires that would become the border and soldered them on. I believe this was 14 gauge round wire. Once the main frame was completed I began to wrap with 21 gauge square wire for the viney pattern you see on the piece.

    I would like to think that I am “ranking my class,” But I am not so sure. I am however, having quite a bit of fun and learning a lot.



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