Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!
On my work desk today you will see I have been having a lot of fun playing with soldering. As I’ve mentioned before, Kate Richbourg is an excellent teacher of metalsmithing. In her book, Simple Soldering, she has you make 1-inch square tiles of copper sheet on which you try different techniques. This is your metal “sampler,” so to speak.
So I spent quite a bit of time learning soldering techniques as I worked through these tiles. You might recognize the flower as one from Tim Holtz’s Tattered Florals Die.
I wasn’t sure if it would work, but I softened the metal by heating it in the flame, cooled it and then ran it through my Big Shot die cutting machine. Surprisingly, the Big Shot was able to cut through the 24 gauge sheet. (I was really hoping it would not break my machine!)
It was also fun learning how easy it is to ball up fine silver wire and make my own head pins.
And now, in other news:
Just to let you know, this week is going to be the last time I participate in What’s on Your Work Desk Wednesday.
I’ve been working very hard the past few years to build my little crafting business and, praise the Lord, I’ve finally found a measure of success.
However, with this success also comes a need to rearrange my priorities, and I found I needed to eliminate some things. Things that, although I enjoyed them, weren’t really adding to building my business.
I mentioned a while back that I stopped doing the Tim Holtz tag challenge. And sadly, now I really do need to stop the weekly WOYWW posts.
I will continue to follow many of your blogs and I hope to find time to check in occasionally.
If you’d like to keep up with my crafting crafty doings you can on:
- my YouTube channel (which just passed 10,000 subscribers, woot!)
- and, of course, this blog (you can subscribe via email using the link under the header)
I wish you all the best in your crafty endeavors, it’s been fun. Thanks so much to Julia for her wonderful shepherding of this fascinating endeavor.
P.S. Several of you expressed interest in my review of the bead spinner. Well, I now have two to review, and that will likely end up on my YouTube channel. Just so you know. 🙂