Monday, 27 August 2007

hinged bracelet

As you can see I am going through a learning phase at the moment. I thought the best way to master hinges was do a whole lot of them.

Monday, 20 August 2007

playing with rivits

As I have said before I really battle with tube rivits. So when my husband brought some copper tubing home from the aircon guy. I thought it would be perfect to practice these skills.

I drew the tubing down - from about 6mm outer diameter to 2.5mm.
It does help that the tube is seamless and the walls of the tubing is quite thick.
I stuck it in my vinegar atmosphere for 2 days - I really like that green - and sealed it with a clear spray on varnish.

vinegar patina

A while ago we were discussing patinas in a forum conversation. I decided to try the vinegar recipe on this piece of copper that I had textured previously. I then forgot about my experiment. So it must have been a couple of months before I rediscovered it. - stunning.
I was a bit irritated with myself because the whole piece was the light green / turquoisy colour before I started messing with it. I have sprayed a light coat of clear vearnish on it to preserve whats left.
I am trying to get the same colour on some copper "cabs" that I have made. My problem is that I am too impatient to wait a couple of months to get the colour I want.

Sunday, 05 August 2007

hollow heart earrings

These were inspired by my hollow heart pendant

Friday, 03 August 2007

beach glass pendant

I have spent the last couple of days making this pendant.
It started off as a pair of earrings using the round adventurine stone.
But the one bezzle was too small and after a lot of filing stretching pulling and tugging I gave up and decided to make a pendant with the other bezzle, which fitted perfectly.
The beach glass was on my inspiration wall and the colours went well.So I started to make a bezzle for the beachglass. The bezzle was too high so I sawed of a bit. The sawed off bit seemed to frame the glass quite nicely so I did another 90 degree turn and made the claws and added some balls.