Musings of an Obsessed Jeweler and Former Mermaid
Friday, February 22, 2013
Bead Soup ~ What I sent
I made the toggle clasp out of a copper washer. I used my dremel to texture it then I domed it, tumbled it and made a most awesome patina on it with heat, then lastly I sealed in the color with spray and wax. The subtle colors did not come out in the photos. There are splashes of orange/gold, and green/blue with a little bit of pinkish. That was fun! I couldn't decide on which focal piece to give so I sent both. The one on the left in the last photo, I wrapped 24 gauge wire on a mandrel, then I heated the whole thing up and melted some silver around the whole thing, so it just peeks out. I then hung a beautiful quartz crystal that is faceted just on the sides. I had a ball making the one on the right. That one is a penny I hammered and hammered and polished. I took my scrap silver and placed it in a pattern on the penny and heated it and let the silver flow as it wanted. I love the way it looks. I had such fun doing it I made 2 more. I made the bail out of copper and put a silver ball in the middle like a nest. I soldered it on to keep it nice and tight. I made a bunch of these "nest" things thinking I would make earrings out of them, but I just keep using them for other things! Maybe one pair will make it to earrings someday if I don't use them all in other projects. I hope Elisabeth enjoys all the things she got. I will enjoy seeing what fun things she will create. I am so excited for the reveal! That will happen March 3rd.