Thursday, June 23, 2011

Folded Metal Pendant with Viking Knit Chain

Sharon, here is the picture of the finished piece, since you asked so nicely:-)
The viking knit chain was made using a 7/16 dowel and 5 e-loops with 24 g copper wire. I worked about 12 inches and when it was done being drawn through the draw plate, it was about twice as long in length. I annealed the chain afterwards but it made it so soft that it actually got too thin in places. Next time, it would be better to anneal the wire immediately after it was removed from the dowel, and before the draw plate.  I used 18 g wire for the bail and end caps.  The bail wire was hammered flat and then wrapped loosely around a knitting needle to size it and then placed onto the chain.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Treasure Woven Bracelet

I used some lovely pink and white lampwork beads for this finger woven bracelet, but poor planning on the spacing of them left me short. Tammy, from Tada's Artisan Boutique found me the perfect addition: a white and pink angel fish! What fun.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Folded Metal Pendant with Cabachon

Another class with Barb at Tada's Artisan Boutique. We learned to fold and anneal copper metal to create a wonderful textured pendant. The cabachon was sandwiched between the folded piece and a flat backing piece in a dapped and filed 'bump'. The two pieces were then riveted together. I am still figuring out how I want to attach it to a chain.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Oriental Scroll Finished

I finished the chain with simple double wrapped loop links and a classic swan clasp hook. It is shown here resting on my latest knitted lace shawl of cotton.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Oriental Scroll Pendant

I took a FABULOUS class at Tada's Artisan Boutique at York River Yacht Haven, near Yorktown this past weekend. We learned to etch copper and how to apply various finishes, as well as dap and shape a round top to a cylinder. It was fabulous! I only need to construct a copper chain and this lovely will be finished.