It's Copper! I have been really playing around with copper lately - wire, sheet, I don't care - it all works! I am inspired by the many artisans blogs and facebook pictures. So today's post is about what I have created lately with this marvelous metal.
My niece had a Home Party in July - she sold her Thirty-One line of bags (I bought a ton!), and I sold some jewelry. Rachel is a teacher, and many of the attendees were also teachers. Well, one of the teachers brought her sweet 11 year old daughter, who has a blood disorder called Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, or ITP. Commonly referred to as Low Platelets, ITP can lead to an increased risk of severe bleeding.
Her daughter is a what I like to call a "girly-girl". She had on a pretty dress and wore a pearl bracelet (the total opposite of how I dress)! Anyway, her mother asked me if I could come up with some sort of a design for a Medical ID bracelet for her daughter, who did not want to wear a medical ID bracelet. I could certainly understand not wanting to call undue attention to oneself by wearing a bracelet emblazoned with a caduceus. So, I told her I would look online and try to find something appropriate.
I am an avid online shopper - I would rather pay shipping than walk into a store. That makes me sound lazy, which I am not, I just don't enjoy shopping. I searched everywhere and could not find anything even remotely close to an design that did not scream "look at my medical ID bracelet". (I thought about posting photos and links on my blog of some of the bracelets I found, but the thought of copyright infringement stopped me). So I came up with my own.
In searching through my endless jewelry supplies, I found some 22 gauge copper sheet metal, bought a caduceus stamp, and stamped away.
I intentionally DID NOT line up the lettering - I wanted it to look "wonky". I textured the sides and ends of the blank, gave it a bath in liver of sulfur, buffed it, and tumbled it for 2 hours. A coat of Renaissance Wax and some final buffing really made it shine. Then I set off to make the bracelet portion. The bracelet has two lobster clasps on each end.
To entice her to wear it even more often, I made a few extra bracelets - one can never have too many bracelets, right? I was sure to include lots of different colors, as well as silver and copper - variety is the spice of life.
I have also been playing around with my disc cutter - I replaced my old one (which I gifted!) with a Swanstrom Disc Cutter - WOW! This thing is awesome! I spent an entire day at my bench just making bead caps and discs. Here is what I have actually put together....so far....
|I added some ceramic charms by Elaine Ray and Marsha Neal to these earrings|
|Beads by Diana P. at Suburban Girl Bead , small ceramic shard by Marsha Neal, and handmade bead caps and claps.|
|Gorgeous ivory/neutral lampwork by Glass Bead Art - handmade bead caps and clasp.|
|Porcelain beads and pendant by Yolanda's Clay - handmade bead caps and clasp.|
Wow - I just noticed that there is a definite woodsy, earth-toned theme to all of these pictures....my favorite season (next to winter) is almost here!
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