Saturday, 24 December 2011
Friday, 23 December 2011
I've got some dapping tools dome block and new metal stamps lots of ideas, its sometimes knowing where to start as there is so much i wish to do.
I feel like a need a gap year to get it all done. So, i am planning some cuff rings in sterling silver and copper with stamped designs on next and one of my next projects will be to make some big hammered sterling silver hoop earrings or copper depending on what i have to hand at home.
I LOVE NEW IDEAS
Friday, 9 December 2011
Whipped up these urban copper rectangle earrings yesterday.
Bit different and i am beginning to use my stamping tools more and more in my jewellery designs. I love it.
These are cut, shaped, filed,sanded and spiral stamped and oxidised with liver of sulphur.
I have gone a bit mad and ordered doming and dapping tools and various other items which i shall be using next year.
Sunday, 4 December 2011
I have been experimenting with copper more and my metal stamps this week. I had some left over abalone and pearl beads and made this bracelet up and handcut 6 copper tags 3 hammered and 3 stamped with bee,dragonfly and butterfly to give a rustic look i also oxidised the copper so its not as orangey but have left the rounded copper beads unoxidised for contract.
I have created some customized copper hearts metal stamped and hammered with family names for a christmas tree.
I think they will look great on trees with rustic look. Ribbon colour can be changed on request.
This particular set is for my neice and i have stamped baby feet on Isaac heart as this is her baby's first christmas.
Available in our Folksy shop
Thursday, 1 December 2011
Christmas metal stamped gift, a set on Flickr.
I have been busy this morning creating these whimsical and unusual copper stamped christmas baubles.
I used some blank tags i had, drew up some christmas designs and stamped, hammered and oxidised them and used white ribbon for christmas peace.
If these do not sell i will be adding them to my own tree. I love them myself.
I am tempted to order a batch of 50 copper circles now and make up loads for my own tree all with different things on.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Customized metal stamped jewellery, a set on Flickr.
I have made this little book pendant for a lady who recently came to my first jewellery teaching workshop. I know her mum and decided to make something as a surprise.
This is the final result. A little two page book in aluminium. I cut shaped filed and sanded the pages, punched holes, hammered the front page and stamped baby name and two hearts and hung an unusual sterling silver heart jump ring from the top.
I then on the second page stamped baby feet and date of birth and stamped a four leaved clover leaf for good luck for the future.
I am quite liking the pendant myself. It took me a while to design and work out what i wanted to do - practice makes perfect.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Stamped metal personalised bookmarks, a set on Flickr.
I have been busy for the last two weeks creating about 15 different metal stamped bookmarks with lots of different themes. I have really enjoyed making them and being creative in my thinking and hope you enjoy looking at them.
Let me know your thoughts or any other ideas or themes you may have.
Friday, 11 November 2011
All i had to do was work out how to change pixel size of photos to upload.
You see since setting up shop on Folksy i am becoming a techie.
I had never blogged, never twittered, never facebooked,never chatted on forums, now i do all of it.
What a funny old world.
Let me know what you think of my first few here.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
I love gardening but its been on the back burner for a while now as i've been so busy with jewellery making and family life.
However, i've purchased some metal design stamps and have made this set of whimsical style copper plant herb markers. I used copper metal sheet handcut and shaped and stamped and oxidised herb names onto the plant markers.
I think they would look nice in the garden and make a great gift. Let me know your thoughts?
Saturday, 15 October 2011
Today, Little Red Robin held their first Jewellery teaching workship in Warmley Community Centre, Bristol. There were 7 students most who were new to jewellery making.
The students made some earrings using spiral headpins, eyepin connected earrings, hammered headpin beaded earrings using ball pein hammer and steel bench block (they enjoyed hammering the metal) and designed their own custom earrings too.
We then went onto making and designing a wired necklace with beadalon 7 strand wire some chose focal pendant and others symmetrical beaded necklaces to design. We used crimps, crimp covers, wire guardian and findings to finish them off.
A short lunch break then back to our jewellery with the students finishing off with a copper or silver charm bracelet using techniques already learnt throughout the day.
This was a very enjoyable day with all the students choosing lovely colour combinations and designing lovely items of jewellery.
Next time i will take more photos with jewellery made by students and show as a gallery here on the blog.
The bonus part of the day was that the community centre had an open day so tea,coffee and cakes were all available at any time! and if you look closely you can see at the front of the picture my packet of cheese and onion crisps!
I hope the students enjoyed the day and that they may be inspired to be creative through jewellery or other hobbies (as some already do other crafts such as cardmaking and cross stitch) and return to future workshops i will run next year using other techniques.
I thoroughly enjoyed my day, it was quite relaxing, laid back and i was very impressed with their designing and colour combinations and their concentration to take it all in too, so well done to them all.
Monday, 3 October 2011
I seem to have lost a bit of momentum with the Folksy clarification on "handmade" and "hand assembled". Although our shop all bar one item was acceptable in our jewellery lines it has made myself and my twin sister think long and hard about what exactly we are going to make and design with our jewellery.
My jewellery started with 6 week jewellery course with different projects and so i have leaned towards beaded jewellery and some woven jewellery which i quite like too. My sister has attended silversmith courses and enamel and her leaning is towards silversmith techniques which she will still be doing along with some other ideas she has.
I am now thinking along the lines of more metalwork in some of my jewellery cold connections but making my own from sheet metal to begin with and expanding my skills gradually. All this requires new tools! I do have a vision of what i hope to be able to achieve in say 6 months to 1 years time which is totally different to what i am doing now which i find challenging and quite exciting although i will keep my hand in with other techniques too.
I would also like to blog more frequently with tutorials and blog on my experiments too it just all takes time.
Hope to be back soon with more news
Saturday, 3 September 2011
Vintaj natural brass is not antique plated or chemically treated. It is nickel free and lead free compliant.
I riveted a nouveau vintaj brass fairy to a blank altered disc with butterfly and added little charms on top.
I am quite pleased with the result, vintage style,unusual and lovely for autumn. I am tempted to make something for myself and have lots findings and brass and antique brass and antique silver items on order.
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Materials i used: 1 Purple swarovski cosmic 20mm square "volcano"
Tan and cream buttons
Purple crackled glass 8mm beads
1mm diameter brown waxed cord
You could use any open toggle heart, swarovski cosmic circle, sterling silver hammered circle etc. TIP make sure beads or buttons you are using will fit through the toggle. On this one i made my buttons smaller towards bottom of lariat so they would fit through.
Step 1 - Double over your 1mm waxed cord. I had about 60 inches in total of cord doubled was 30. Then thread two ends together through crystal and and back up through the loop of other end of cord (larkshead knot).
STEP 2 - Make knot on one thread then add bead then tie another knot to secure in place. I used stacked 3 buttons on other thread and knotted either side too.
TIP if you have trouble fitting cord through bead cut end on a diagonal to make a point rather than straight across i used embroidery sharp scissors for this. If you use pearls you might need silk thread so look at your materials before starting.
STEP 3 - Alternate on the threads with beads and stacked buttons. I realised the buttons i was using were bigger than diameter of toggle so kept adjusted and made buttons small on second half of lariat so they would go through.
TIP Make sure beads or buttons or crystals whatever you are using on end of lariat has enough weight on it and length to stay threaded through lariat toggle. If you make short lariat and put little lightweight buttons they may come out!
Lariats can vary in length anything from 30 " to 50". If you make longer one they can wrap around neck as choker and you could have the ends hanging down your back if you wear a nice backless dress for instance which looks unusual.
I would probably make a lariat with sterling silver chain for that just buy flat cable chain 26" possibly and hang off crystal or pendant off centre with jump ring then on two ends add jump rings and 2 other crystals or beads or whatever you are using. You can use chain,suede,organza and make other styles of LARIAT once you have made one. Just use your imagination. I finished off the end beds by just knotting twice under the bead this time and leaving small 1/2" cord.
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