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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Autumn Jewelry and Recent Sales

 These are some pieces that have found new homes in recent weeks Late September has been a good time to sell.This first piece is a ceramic piece I made. A bit Boho with a fabric necklace.
 This a copper wire with a Raku bead
 Shoulder duster earrings
 A fall necklace
 A bit more romantic
 This combines my sense of whimsy with an antique doll.
 More whimsy skull dancer is one of my faves.
 This to me is dream like 3d hand made backing hammered to fit
 Finally some simple little earrings.  Each piece comes with a little bit of my heart, born from my imagination and built with my hands. And now going to enhance some ones life. That is what it is all for. Creating to create a smile.
 Today I made a set of Old Rose Copper leaf jewelry. The components mostly come from https://www.bsueboutiques.com my favorite supplier. The leaves are connected by jump rings so there is movement in the pendant

 The necklace is pure copper 24 inches with a magnetic closure
 Earrings are hung on Niobium hooks, lightweight strong and non allergenic.
 I made this ring riveted with a 3/32 rivet and covered that with a small green cab of Czech glass
 That is the only spot of color in the set.
 The shank is a cigar band style adjustable size.
The bracelet is simply chain and leaf with a magnetic catch. The chain is non soldered links so it attaches just by opening the link and closing it after inserting the links through the opening in the leaf.
This is the whole set and all the tools required were a punch and pliers. Plus a riveter. Some times the easy projects are good ones.    This link will take you to my shop.                 https://www.etsy.com/listing/469102050/handmade-old-rose-ox-antique-copper

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Creating a backing for a framed doll necklace Basic hammer work.

 This doll fragment is about 100 years old from Germany. When I saw her I knew that a frame would create a great necklace.
 After placing her into the opening and gluing her down with E-6000. The back protrudes about 1/2 of an inch.
Her arm is also proud of the surface about 1/4 inch.
 I cut out a piece of 28 gauge copper sheet for the backing. I could have made a box form but having too much depth behind the figure seemed clumsy.
 So I decided to hammer form a depression into the metal. This is 28 gauge which is about 1/2 mm and must be stretched slowly with a lot of annealing. First step is to locate the point that will be deepest and mark it with a single hammer blow.
 The metal is placed over a depression in the dapping block and light blows begin to form the cup.
 8-10 light blows or taps will result in a rough depression. Anneal the metal and repeat.
 The cup will form and the surrounding will wrinkle a bit. After more annealing and work on both top and bottom the metal will become close to what is needed.
 Next I outlined the area to accommodate the dolls arm with a pencil.
 More annealing and hammer work gives a good depth.
 Many light blows later and the form is complete.
 I placed the frame on the background and loosely traced the shape.
 More trimming and it is almost ready.
 I added a name stamp to the corner.
 The backing was trimmed more and pickled. Then heat was applied to make the color dull a bit. I spread E-6000 around the edges and clamped it together.
 The glue was left to set overnight.
 I added a rivet center top and a chain.
 The result is a pleasing and unique art necklace.
 The back is smooth and trademarked with the Oscarcrow label.  I used a tiny magnetic catch.
 Total time is about an hour of actual work. She will be listed in my Etsy shop for sale   https://www.etsy.com/listing/275461112/handmade-doll-emerging-from-a-frame
I hope you liked this simple tutorial .  It is easy to use sheet metal in you own pieces. Sometimes I find beating metal is just fun. Give it a try.

Friday, September 25, 2015

 For this blog hop I decided to use the necktie form. While my version is a bit tongue in cheek it is never the less a serious attempt at pulling together vintage pieces and style with a creative spirit.  It is titled   "Looking for Love in Cupid's Garden".
The vintage cupid is riveted to the tie form as is the crown mount at the top.
 The neckline is patterned after a squash blossom necklace but made with Czech glass and caged pearls
From top to bottom it is filled with elements similar to the 1960-70 era. Rhinestones both vintage and new provide the sparkle and a doll eye from 1865 tops off this eclectic piece.
List for Blog Hop September 25, 2015
Brenda Sue Lansdowne
Jewelry Making Outside the Box
Mary Deis
The Rose Sword
Jann Tague
Clever Designs
Lori Beekman
Renee Hong
Fine and Dandy Jewelry
Cynthia Wainscott
Exotic Peru Jewelry
Dana Hickey
Magpie Approved
Mary Beth Quigley-Spiker
Q Settings
Karen Eaton
KJewelry Creations
Shari Gardner
SLG Jewelry Designs
Alison Huie
Ally's Baubles
Pamela Anger
Novegatti Designs
Carole Carlson
Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry
Marcia Tuzzolino
Aurora Designs
Charlotte Smothers
Sea Horse Ranch Life
Catherine Shattuck
Victorian Rose Boutique
Clare Wells Nemeth
Papercrafting Magic
Erin Whitacre
Shattered Time
Lynda O'Mara
Lomara Creative
Ginger Hammond
Lynn Leigh Designs
Ingrid Anderson
Lilis Gems Artisan Jewelry
Deb Beechy
Harry Wood
Oscar Crow
Delyssa Maxwell
Past Time Fancies
Paula Gaskill
Lovely Layla Bugs
Irene Hoffman
Heart's Dezire by Irene
Alexandra Sefton
Imaginary Jewelry and Altered Art
Leslie Carver
Adorn Divine Designs

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Earrings mounting made simple.

 Last time I showed you these earring mountings. I hope by showing you a new to you old tool of mine, the ring clamp, I can give you confidence to set stones yourself. This ring clamp is 40 years old and is still available through RioGrande and other tool suppliers. It has leather jaws that won't mar the finish on the mountings. A wedge is pushed into the bottom of the tool to secure the mounting.

 This lever back is ready with stone dropped in and sitting flat. You can use almost any thing to push the prongs down over the stone. I use the rubber handles of a pair of pliers. Start in one spot then cross to the opposite side. Then repeat. Push the prong down smoothly to sit against the stone.
 You can see the prongs tight against the crystal. No glues are involved, just the prongs.
 To set a post back, I moved to a side position in the clamp.
 Here is the cup toll from my last post set to fold down the prongs all at once. It is fast and even.
 After one push and a bit of rocking these are set for good.
 This is Swarovski's newest snowflake design with matching mount.  There are 3 prongs to hold the star shaped snowflake.
 Holes around the base allow for wiring or stitching this setting to your project. I chose a head pin with a heart and started a loop on top.
 Finishing the loop and wrap with looping pliers.
 The finished unit ready for stone and hooks.
Here I held the mounting in my hand and pressed with a wooden stick against the 3 prongs Which fold into grooves on the snowflake. 
 You will notice I clipped off the first pin and added a 4mm crystal round to add a bit of extension.
20 minutes, 12 39ss 8.5mm Swarovski custom aftermarket round chatons, 2 snowflakes and mountings are all set.  Simple, profitable and attractive pieces ready to list. Give them a try. The clamp is available here http://www.jewelrysupply.com/Ring-Clamp-Nylon_p_11432.html