Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
(Please leave a separate comment for each entry, that's A LOT of ways to win, and can you tell I like to be liked?)
Friday, December 10, 2010
And...who wants a giveaway? I'm thinking a pair of earrings!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Do you or someone you know need coal in their stocking?
Some coal earrings!
Saturday, December 4, 2010
So, here's the tiny little bracelet I made her...Sterling Silver and Blue Zircon Swarovski crystal beads, strung on Soft Flex beading wire (really flexible and sturdy)
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
My sister, Alissa, is an awesome knitter. She even spins her own yarn. Upon her request, I've been working on some stitch markers for her knitting projects.
About a year ago, I really started getting into metal working, wireworking, stamping, beadweaving, glass beadmaking, metal clay, you name it. I couldn't get enough information into my brain to satisfy me. I wanted to do EVERYTHING! I couldn't sleep because I had too many ideas floating around in my head. And when I did sleep, I drempt about my ideas. And since then, I've gotten to try a lot of these things. I still NEED to do some metal clay! But, one of the first things I did was buy myself a soldering iron. Took it home, and realized after several attempts at soldering some copper wire, that I needed flux. Can you tell I am a novice? Then I realized that I needed a torch, I got to check that off my list. So, then I (meaning my husband) did our first soldering project. And it was fun.
But I knew that I couldn't use electrical solder on sterling silver wire and metal, so after I moved home, I went to the local bead store and bought some silver solder.
Okay, now this is where my sister comes in. She asked me to make her some stitch markers. And my first question (knowing nothing about knitting) was what the heck are stitch markers. I ventured online and found a whole array of them, did some research, and came back with tons of questions. And since I try to make sure the are perfect, I had to know...snagless or not, open or closed, hanging bead or strung right on the ring, large or small, how many, what color, any in a different color, what size bead, what size wire. You get the picture. I was nervous to try because I had no idea what I was doing. But today, I got my stuff out and took a swing at it.
And guess what? I did just fine.
Okay, so the picture isn't actually the stitch marker. There is no bead hanging from it. But I soldered this ring...all by myself. You may think that isn't really an accomplishment, but I just had to revel because to me it was.
Of course, I always feel like I can do better. So, I'll let you know what I did, and what I'll do differently when I actually make the real stitch markers.
1. I made my ring with sterling silver and cut a very small piece of silver solder.
2. I brushed the ring with flux and placed the solder right on top at the connection.
3. I lit my torch and fired the ring...and fired...and FIRED!
4. Then realized that maybe they accidently put wire in the bag instead of solder. (They cut them at the store and put them in individual ziploc bags. They aren't pre-packaged). But I also realized that maybe it requires a higher flowing temperature than my micro torch will allow.
6. Tried some electrical solder to make sure I wasn't stupid.
7. And whalah! We have a soldered ring!
Okay, so afterwards I went online and ordered some paste solder in a syringe. So, the real stitch markers will have to wait until it comes in the mail. But I was so darn excited. And I think with the paste solder, I won't show as much. You actually can't see it that well up close, but my camera is awesome and really brought out the bad spot. So, to bring an incredibly long post to an end...I'll post the finished product soon!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I used some silver plated copper wire for this one. And if I made a mistake, that was it, it would break. So it was kinda hard to work with, but super shiny and pretty. It also felt a little more like working with half-hard sterling silver than the bronze wire did.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
Since I visit Etsy pretty much all the time, I decided to let you see what I look at. So every Friday, I will put something up that I saw that day and really liked. Then I will tell you a little bit about why I like it and what it is.
Apparently Pandora beads are all the rage right now. I found these Pandora lampwork glass beads on Etsy. And aren't they just stunning? Well guess what? These beauties are handmade. That's right. You can make them, not just buy them from big companies. When you look down at the bottom of the listing on Etsy, there are Tags. When you list an item that is not handmade, like beading supplies such as tools, you must put a tag that says commercial. This means you did not make it. But if it's not there, it was handmade. A lot of people like to have a tag that actually says 'handmade' so there is no confusion. This seller on Etsy actually does have that on some other beads.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
2. Then I used some Liver of Sulfur to antique the earrings, which was very exciting because it was the first time I've used it. Well except the part when my sister-in-law came in the house and was kinda freaked out because the she thought my son got into something when she smelled sulfur!
3. Then I used my pro polish pad again to clean off the high spots.
So, what did I do right, and what did I do wrong? Well, if I had done another pair from scratch, I would have textured the metal and then used the Liver of Sulfur to give it a better look. Now it just looks kinda tarnished and that's all. To be honest, I really miss the pretty colors. I am bound and determined to figure out a way to get those cute colors in there, but still have a high quality pair of earrings.
Oh well. Better luck next time. Now to get the sulfur smell out!
P.S. Remember the beads from yesterday? Come back soon to see what project I've got in store for those beauties!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Friday, August 6, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I also recently purchased this Wirework book by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong at JoAnn's. She's an amazing jewelry artist. You can buy her books, DVD's, and I believe you can sign up for her classes on the Wire Sculpture website.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
We are in the middle of moving...across the country. We weren't supposed to be moving for another week, so this past week was CRAZY! We should be to our final destination (Beautiful Pennsylvania) somewhat close to the beginning of next week. Right now, we are making a quick visit in Utah, and then we'll be off to PA! So hopefully I'll see you then!
Whew! That wasn't so bad. That post took me all of THREE minutes to write. Don't know what took so long to get it up here.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The things I changed from my last post:
1. For starters, there are no beads on this one. I like putting beads on, but I thought I'd try it without.
2. I hammered the big hoop flat.
3. I added more "lace" to go further up around the hoop.
4. Instead of completely wrapping the hoop, the did a couple wraps here and there. I like being able to see the actual hoop.
5. Because this is copper wire, not a metal very suitable for ears, I put a loop at the top of the earring to hold an earwire, rather than have the copper hoop go through your ear! I'd have to say that was good thinking on my part.
Anyway...I haven't done a pair in Sterling Silver yet, but when I do, you'll be the first to know!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Monday, May 10, 2010
Let me know what you think!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Beth Anne or B.A. as she is known by over at The Thrifty BA is giving away one of my pieces of jewelry just because it's her birthday week. How sweet is that? She is such a cool gal with an awesome blog telling you how to save money and decorate in style. So PLEASE take a minute and hop right on over to enter the giveway on her blog HERE!