Wednesday, November 16, 2011

This pendant started out as my very first piece of copper fold forming and I just hated it.  I did not have a vision for it at all, and put it aside and promptly made another one.  However, I resurrected it and love how it turned out.  I is so leaf-like now, instead of just crumpled up copper.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Brass Cuffs

I have a Bill Fretz DVD which showed how to fabricate these simple, but lovely, brass cuffs.  They started out life as a 2" diameter brass tube and were cut to about a little more than 1" wide.  After hammering them, I cut the ring apart with a jeweler's saw and then polished them.  I am enthralled with my creations!  The plain cuff was made a few weeks ago, and became very tarnished after polishing, so I tried Renaissance Wax and that seems to be doing the trick so far.  Time will tell.  I have two more rings so I will be playing some more!

Friday, November 04, 2011

Fold Formed Copper Necklace

This is my latest creation from playing at Tada's Artisan Boutique.  We were fold forming copper sheeting and I just loved how this one came out.  The copper reminds me of a petticoat.  I had no idea how I was going to finish it off, but it sort of just came to be once I started putting things together.  The straight pieces of copper in the necklace part were about 3 inch pieces of 12 gauge wire which I balled up on each end and then hammered flat and pierced.  Too bad I broke my two-holed screw punch though.  Sigh.

But I am loving this piece and the addition of the turquoise bead is excellent.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Monika was wondering about the button mold process for polymer clay, from my previous post, so I thought I'd take a moment t explain. I bought the putty from Michael's for around $20 I think. It made all these molds with lots left over. It's as easy as could be and the molds come out very flexible, like rubber. Place the polymer button material into the mold, pop out, and bake. I buffed the finished button with my denim jeans. I have made several batches of polymer clay buttons over the years because I couldn't find the right color for my projects.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

This cute baby kimono was made with Trekking XXL sock yarn and should be machine washable. The buttons are handmade polymer clay buttons I just made this morning. I made about three skinny snakes of three different colors and twisted them together over and over and then broke off button size pieces and pressed them into a button mold I had made a while ago and then baked them. I buffed the finished buttons on my jeans to make them a little shiny and reamed out the holes, since they were too small. All in all, it's an adorable little sweater! The pattern is Cheryl Oberle's Little Hanten and is published in the wonderful book called Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders.