I love a fresh start...I can let go of past lapses and start fresh and feel the energy a fresh start brings....I am going to try to do a better job of blogging this year. I got really lazy after I lost my easy photographer who took care of the photos anytime I wanted. I now have to do my own photos and it is so much harder!
A real 'aha" moment for me came several years ago when I realized that the element of sheet metal allowed me to create pretty much anything. I am starting out with a simple earring and texture--something that has an unlimited uses and endless variety.
I love polka dots so I took severl different punches, two from the hardware store in the nail set tools. I always love the old hardware stores that have been there for years...the other is a Circle in Circle Punch we carry at Objects and Elements. I am sure that if you start looking around you can find all kinds of things that can be hammered into sheet to give it a pattern such as old tools or even steel wire.
When I am doing simple shapes I use Shears or for more precise cuts a Jeweler's Saw. As you can see by this cut, the shears tend to "tork" the piece a bit and you have to hammer it down to smooth the surface. I threw it in my shallow wood dappng block and used a dapping punch to round it a bit and give it a curve. Then I punched it with hole punch pliers and filed the edges to make sure it is smooth.
I heated 22 gauge bronze wire with a torch to darken it along with my bit of metal to make the texture show up more. A little 000 steel wool cleans it up nicely. I did a wrapped loop through the hole and then formed the wire around a sharpie--always a handie tool!
Don't forget to tap the shaped ear wire to work harden it. I try to count out 20 taps. Keep them light so you don't smash the wire out of shape....
Never one to leave something too plain, I dug into my stash for washers and a stone. I made a headpin from the bronze wire. String a few washers for movement and the stone and attach and you have a nice earring that would sell well or be great with a spring outfit. One of these maybe larger would make a simple pendant.
I just finished these bangles today so I thought I would photo them real quick. They are 16 gauge sterling wire twisted in the flex shaft and hammered. The hammering opens the twist into this pattern. I shaped them oval and soldered the ends together.
They are already on my wrist with my favorite wear every day bangles. Sounds like a good blog for later.
I had a photogapher's helper today...I have been in California (in 70 degrees!) and Fat Cat missed me so he would NOT get off my work bench all day....
Any ideas you would like to see on the blog this year? ....leave a comment and I will randomly draw a few names to send a piece of sheet metal to! Linda
If you have the chance come on over to BeadFest in Texas or Philadelphia and join me in one of these classes! I would love to meet you and share some fun metal moving time... click here to view all the fun classes...BeadFest Texas or BeadFest Philadelphia.
I am teaching my popular cold hinge class called Objects and Elements: Lockets. I have added some new spins to it! Here is a heart pendant and below the round one. We will be spending time learning to shape and dome the metal so it adds more interest. We will use chasing tools to really create a nice shape.
This is my favorite thing to do with metal, texture and shaping....
I noticed that many of the stones on my workbench had large center holes so I spent several days working on a series of attachments that used these holes to an advantage.
Creating Tube Rivets is a great class for found objects or glass. The photo below is of a piece of Roman Era Glass using the developed techniques.
You can even drill your own large hole as I did in this slice of petrified wood.
Everyone seems to love A Secret Message in jewlery and this piece was inspired by a painting I saw with a message to the maker's lover.
the message slides down only if you allow the viewer to see it...Andy Cooperman calls it "point of priviledge" when you allow someone to see the special parts of the peice not viewed by the passerby.
Creating a Void is one of my new favorite attachments. I love negative space and this easy project works great with almost any stone or object you want to use!
If you are in the area please join me! Leave a comment and I will draw several names and send you a Holiday treat from The Overflowing Stash...we are moving and have lots of odds and ends to move out. Also, we are planning some 50% off flash sales so if you aren't signed up for our newsletter now is the time! Happy Holidays......Linda