In my last post, I showed pics of a new handmade chain I made in copper. I must stress that this is only new to me! I have since made the chain in silver, too. It starts with "links" that look just like cotter pins....
|You can see my measurement markings on these cotter pins....|
|I really love this look!|
This chain technique was taxing! I used 16 gauge wire again and trying to wrap the two loops together in one fell swoop to create a "perfect loop" was not as easy as I thought it would be! But it is fun!
The chain above was used in a completed project for an upcoming blog hop (the Black and White Hop hosted by Sally Russick...I love her!) Anyway, I can't show you the entire project just yet.
But, I have also mentioned that I felt I was in a rut, so I have been playing around with sheet metal and different wiring techniques (only different to me of course!) I came up with these earrings.
First off are the gorgeous lampwork beads by LazyCatBeads - so pretty! It is not just the colors she used - but the hand faceting into a nugget shapes creates so much dimension! What I like about these earrings is that there are no unfinished "ends" to the wire. I really like these and must make more!
I made the copper toggle clasp above from copper sheet and played around with my tools, too! I finally used my dapping punch to create this really cool texture on the clasp!
I had some really pretty square lampwork disc beads - which I lucky enough to win from Alice a while back (thank you Alice!). I was stumped on how to use them - other than my usual just "simply wire them and dangle from an ear wire". So, I did this instead...
I have so much stock in my Etsy store - I was prepping for Spring shows and went way overboard. So, I listed, and listed, and listed - and there is still more to list! So, I am having a 20% off sale for a week or two to hopefully move some items out to make room for more.
This weekend I am attending the baby shower for my niece (I still cannot believe she is having TWINS!) These are the first "Grand Nieces" to enter the Vanderbloemen family - we are excited to say the least!
Hope you all enjoy your weekend - thanks so much for stopping by!