It has been a busy two months around here! My niece and her family have settled into our house and will be moved into their home at the end of June. I am not a Mom (well, dog mom counts, right?), but it has been such a pleasure to have this little guy hanging around the house.
Yesterday Gavin and his folks were out and about and I headed to the studio. I was attempting to make a Spinner Bangle. I say attempt, because the first two copper bangles split at the solder seam ON THE VERY LAST BANG OF THE HAMMER. Frustration! Well, when I was forming the bangle the third and last time, I remembered why it split! I had used copper solder on the first two bangles. Now, copper solder is great - it's a good color match to the copper and holds just as well as silver solder...unless I have to further shape the bangle and apply pressure with a hammer! I learned this the hard way a few months ago, but I had not made a bangle in a few months and simply forgot. Well, once I switch to tried-and-true hard silver solder, it worked!
Of course, other metalsmith's may not encounter this problem...but I do each and every time. Same for spinner rings - I always use hard silver solder.
While the first spinner bangle was in the tumbler, I wanted to see if I could make anticlastic cuff. This is 18 gauge copper - it's thick. The edges looked fine "folded", but I wanted a cleaner look. So, I melted a bunch of scrap sterling silver into balls, and soldered them onto the ends of the cuff.
The hardest part was creating a perfect flat spot on the ends, where the balls are soldered.
I really like this cuff, as it is adjustable and can fit just about any wrist size. It goes on similar to a bangle - over the hand - and then lightly squeeze it to conform to the wrist.
I recently acquired a beautiful strand of turquoise. I love this gemstone, and the blues and greens in these barrels are exquisite. I paired the turquoise with some tiny hand cut copper tabs. I textured the copper with my rolling mill, and added tube rivets.
It was a good day!
It is gorgeous outside today - I am going to attempt to get out there to enjoy a bit of the sunshine! My allergies, which I apparently now have at the ripe young age of 54 (go Allegra!), may say otherwise and force me back inside!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!!