Fall! Actually, my favorite season is winter. But, Fall will do! Although in my neck of the woods, Northern Virginia, the maples have not turned quite as red as I like, it is still full of color...and inspiration!
I purchased a tutorial on Etsy a few weeks ago from Linda Aspenson Bergstrom on how to make leaves from copper. I sat down at the bench on Saturday and played with some copper sheet - 22 gauge to be specific.
These are pendant size- oh my, I had so much fun! After fabricating, I tossed these in a bath of liver of sulfur, buffed, and tumbled. The copper was gloriously shiny! But then I added just a touch of golden gilder's paste - I wanted them to resemble the falling leaves in my backyard.
After showing these to my mother, she said those would be pretty smaller, as earrings. So, back to the bench...
But this time, I skipped the Liver of sulfur. I colored with the flame from my torch and added the tiniest amount of gilder's paste. Most of these have the color on just the edges. I am still experimenting.
The picture above shows the size comparison. I added a few coats of Permalac to seal in the color. I have actually made two pairs of earrings already, but the ear wires have to take a tumble before final assembly.
In the meantime, I wanted to use one of the leaves. So, I whipped up this necklace using ....you guessed it...another link from Cindy Wimmer's new book, The Missing Link! I was going for whimsical here...not sure if I achieved that exactly, but I still like this chain!
This is a very cool link - looks just like a light bulb! Cindy had a tutorial a while back in one of the wire magazines - it was either Step by Step Wire or Easy Wire - for the light bulb clasp. I have actually used made these clasps before, but it has been awhile. I couldn't find the tutorial (my magazine collection grows like my bead collection...ugh...I cannot find anything when I want it!). So, I just followed the link design, but made the clasp in a heavier gauge - 14 gauge.
I wanted to use a copper leaf as a charm, so I made one of the light bulb links in 14 gauge, and strung a sweet little ceramic leaf charm by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio, and the CUTEST bronze squirrel charm! This charm is very special, as it was made by LeAnn Weih of Summers Studio. LeAnn has been learning the art of Lost Wax Casting - and this is one of her first charms! I cannot explain this artform and give it justice - suffice it to say it is arduous! I was - and am - extremely honored to have received this little beauty, which I think completes pendant...don't you? Thank you again, LeAnn!!
Isn't he adorable! I strung some tiny little jasper rounds on top of my copper leaf....I believe that little squirrel thinks those are food related!
Yes - again, I stood on a chair with a photography lamp in my left hand, camera in my right, and I am so proud that I did fall off that chair! (There has GOT to be a better way to take pics of Lolita wearing necklaces...I just do not know what that is yet)!
That was my weekend. I hope yours was just as wonderful!
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