Nov 082016
 

sedona bracelet cover pt 2

This week brings the second part in how to make this bracelet. I really had a lot of fun using my scrapbooking dies and embossing folders to shape and decorate these copper pieces.

In today’s video I show you how to make a “tornado toggle” to finish up your bracelet closure. It’s really simple to do, a lot of fun and has great impact.

tornado toggle

This closure with its embossed copper flower and tornado toggle would look fantastic as the focal point of a necklace. Simply have the chain go around the neck, and then perhaps punch another hole in the flower to add a dangle to keep it everything weighted and hanging nicely.

Yes, the list of supplies is long, but if you’ve been crafting for a while you may already have many of them. And if you plan to continue making jewelry you will find uses for them for a long time to come.

Tools and Materials:

If you need more detail on some of the techniques mentioned, these videos will be helpful:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Sedona Bracelet Part 2- Jewelry Tutorial at YouTube.

Nov 012016
 

sedona bracelet cover pt 1

This week’s jewelry project is one that I have had in mind for quite a long time, but I wasn’t sure if it would work the way I thought it would.

I have cut the occasional piece of metal with my die cutting machine, but just wasn’t sure if the Big Kick would be up to the pressure (pun intended!) or if it plain wouldn’t work.

The embossing folders worked out far better than expected. I had pictured the plastic pieces losing to the metal and me ending up with ruined embossing folders, but the embossed metal actually came out quite nice.

The class that I mention in the video is Micro Torch Basics by Kate Richbourg. It’s free and definitely worth watching!

The materials list is rather long this week, but they are all basic jewelry making supplies and you will be able to use them on many other things for years to come.

Tools and Materials:

If you need more detail on some of the techniques mentioned, these videos will be helpful:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

Watch the Sedona Bracelet Jewelry Video Tutorial – Part 1 at YouTube.

Dec 112015
 

ff rose gold

Rose gold his been around at least since the 1800’s and first became popular in Russia where it was known as Russian gold.

It then was very much in demand during the Victorian era because of its pink color. And in the 1920s Cartier designed his trinity ring using yellow gold, rose gold and white gold. This brought the metal even more to the public eye.

Because it’s made with an alloy of copper it is a little bit less expensive than pure gold and also the copper makes the gold more durable. Rose gold is often favored by those whose skin tones are not complemented by the color of yellow gold.

Did you also know that there’s green gold, gray gold, blue gold, purple gold and black gold? The story of gold alloys is quite fascinating, you can learn more about it here.

In the video I tell you just what red, rose and pink gold are made up of and show you some examples of how they are used in jewelry making.

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Rose Gold video over at YouTube.

Mar 272015
 

Friday Findings-Reclaiming Copper Wire.JPG

Many of you have expressed interest in my use of copper wire that was reclaimed from discarded electronics.

green serpentine & figure 8 chain

The fine gauge wire in this pendant came from an old television set.

hammered bangles redone (2)

The heavy gauge wire in these bangle bracelets is from old romex electrical cable.

bead wrapped hammered wire earrings still

And these earrings (click here to watch the Bead Wrapped & Hammered Wire Earrings video) use both the heavy and the fine gauge wire.

In the Reclaiming Copper Wire video I’ll give you some tips on where to find copper wire, how to make it usable and help you decide if it’s an avenue the you personally would find worth pursuing.

How you use it is up to you! 🙂

Enjoy the video and happy creating.

You can watch the Friday Findings-Reclaiming Copper Wire video over at YouTube.

Mar 032015
 

Happy first What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday  of March!

2015 03 05 woyww wire wrapped earrings

Today I’m still working through Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass.

2015 03 05 woyww wire wrapped earrings close

Here is one of her Mermaid’s Purse earrings done and the frame for the second one started.

I love that the fine gauge wire was reclaimed from discarded electronics by my son. All I have to do is run it through a candle flame to burn off the coating, then remove the firescale with a bit of sandpaper.

Wondering why I’m posting photos of my desk? Well it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all go visiting the creative spaces of creative people all over the world. The blog link party starts at Julia’s.

Feb 272015
 

Friday Findings-S Clasp

With the right tools it really is very simple to make your own jewelry findings. This “S” clasp has an elegant look, but you can make one in just a few minutes.

The tools I used to make this clasp:

Enjoy the video and happy creating!

You can watch the Friday Findings-Quick “S” Clasp video tutorial over at YouTube.

Feb 242015
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!

2015 02 25 woyww  copper S clasp (1)

Today I’m finishing a necklace using techniques from Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass. Last week I showed you the figure eight chain in progress, plus the pendant.

2015 02 25 woyww  copper S clasp (2)

This week I’m putting it all together by making hook clasps. The two in the upper left didn’t come out quite right, but the bottom ones will do.

2015 02 25 woyww  copper S clasp (3)

Now the necklace is all done except for a  Liver of Sulfur patina. If you’re interested in knowing what that is, I made a video explaining the process: Liver of Sulfur Patinas

If you’re wondering why I’m sharing photos of my desk, well, it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all get together at Julia’s and take a peek at each other’s creative goings on. It’s always fun and often inspiring. Join us if you have a the time.

Feb 172015
 

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday everyone!

Yes, we are still quite snowed in here, but life goes on. Hopefully though, people will drive a little slower on the slippery stuff!

 

2015 02 18 woyw making copper chain (1)

Meanwhile on my desk I’ve continued to work through Abby Hook’s Wire Jewelry Masterclass. It’s a really wonderful book. If you have the slightest interest in wire work I highly recommend it as she walks you through each step with great attention to detail.

Today I’m making a necklace chain out of 18 gauge copper wire to go with the bead pendant I just finished.

2015 02 18 woyw making copper chain (2)

It’s tedious work, indeed. First you cut bunches of 3/4-inch pieces of wire. Then one end gets looped, then the other end to make the figure “8” links. Each  little end gets trimmed the tiniest amount so everything is flush and then these are all joined together to make a chain.

green serpentine & figure 8 chain

It came out nice, but took so much time I don’t think I’ll be making any more in the near future.

Wondering why I’m sharing photos of my desk? Well, it’s What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday, the day we all hang out at Julia’s and see each other’s creative goings on. Always fun and often inspiring, join us if you have time!