My Wirework Magazine Feature Spring 2014

We went upstate this weekend for a partial move to our new home in Smyrna, NY.  We’re moving in stages and having mail delivered to the post office there.  It was a nice surprise to find my copy of the Spring 2014 issue of Wirework Magazine along with the return of my necklace.

My Lapiz and etched pendant necklace

My Lapiz and etched pendant necklace

My necklace and tutorial are on pages 73 – 76.

Page 73 of Spring 2014 issue of Wirework Magazine

Page 73 of Spring 2014 issue of Wirework Magazine

Sorry for the poor quality of this photo.  It’s much better in the actual magazine, I assure you.

The Spring 2014 issue.

The Spring 2014 issue.

I will be listing some of my etched pendants in my shop on Artfire.

This is my favorite jewelry making magazine.  Thank you Wirework Magazine!

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What is it about Celestial Themes ?

A brass "Sun" on a hammered, textured copper circle

A brass “Sun” on a hammered, textured copper circle

What is it about celestial themes that make them so appealing?  They always seem to captivate me.  Perhaps they are reminiscent of many nights spent looking up at the sky and feeling awed by the universe.   Perhaps some ancient memory remembers worshiping the sun.

Spirals, stars and moons on brass and copper

Spirals, stars and moons on brass and copper

Whatever the reason, I don’t think celestial themes will ever fall out of favor (at least for me).  Just like flowers, trees and birds, and all things natural, these will always inspire and form the foundation of my artistic meanderings.

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I have tried a few colder, less organic feeling designs but have not found them satisfying except for themes which are symbolic in nature, like hearts, crosses, swords and shields.  But these things are a real part of the human experience – love, religion, struggles and war, so that is probably why I like them.

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IMG_9086I don’t know why I was thinking of these things today but that is enough contemplating for this Sunday morning.

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My First Cold Connection with Tabs

Rose quartz cab captured by tabs

Rose quartz cab captured by tabs

This is my first attempt at capturing a cab using tabs instead of wire.  It’s all new to me so of course, it’s not perfect.  Unfortunately, I am impatient with tutorials and classes so I tend to learn new things through trial, error and experimentation.  I probably waste more time and materials this way and it’s a good thing I don’t use expensive metals.  It works for me anyway.

Although I have soldering equipment, I’ve yet to touch it.  I even like to cut metal sheet with shears and avoid using a saw!  Perhaps I have a fear of machinery?

Oh well,  I don’t really have any studio space anyway so I’ve put that aside until I do.  In the meantime, I’ll keep trying to refine my cold connections technique since I’m enjoying the ride anyway.

Here are some new things I’ve recently made using rivets to secure the metal elements together.  Obviously, leaves and flowers  are my favorite motifs.

Etched copper and hammered brass cuff

Etched copper and hammered brass cuff

Etched brass and hammered copper cuff

Etched brass and hammered copper cuff

Special order 4-leaf Clover pedants

Special order 4-leaf Clover pedants

I’m sure at some point I’ll feel restricted by using only cold connections, but not yet.  Perhaps when I’ve exhausted all the possibilities I can come up with I’ll move on to the next level 🙂

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More Cold Connections and Mixed Metals

IMG_9544I haven’t been able to stop this obsession with cold connections and mixed metals.  I don’t know what it is but I’m hooked – at least until my next obsession!  Perhaps it’s because I can create artistic pieces with so few materials, just some metal sheets, rivets, hammers and stamps that I find it easy.

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Sometimes I combine etching so that requires a little more but still, there are no expensive materials like gems or precious metals.  I may add a chain and that involves some wire work.

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IMG_9504Basically I love hammering and forging that hard metal material to suit my will and turn it into shapes that suggest the softest of things, like flowers or leaves.  What a sense of power!IMG_9525 (2)

I’ve yet to use that jewelers saw or torch either.  My metal cutting shears have sufficed so far.  I’ll tackle those tools someday but not today.  Today I just want to beat that metal into submission 🙂

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More Metal Work, Etched and Wire Jewelry

I’m still on that metalwork kick with jewelry making.  Maybe it’s here to stay, I’m loving it so much.  Still I don’t want to loose whatever wire work skills I possess (and I have a lot more to learn) so I did a little of that on this necklace.  I used copper wire and faceted smokey quartz beads.

Hand cut heart pendant and wire work

Hand cut heart pendant and wire work

I have to admit, the heart is my favorite part of this piece.

Hand cut and textured heart shape

Hand cut and textured heart shape

This cuff sort of developed on its’ own.  It was different in my head. I cut two layers of copper from sheet, etched one, hammered the other and riveted them together.  I scalloped the ends and added a commercial toggle clasp.

Etched with Ferric Chloride and riveted to the hammered layer of copper

Etched with Ferric Chloride and riveted to the hammered layer of copper

Scalloped the edges and added a toggle clasp

Scalloped the edges and added a toggle clasp

This pendant was made by hand cutting three hearts from brass sheet and nesting them together.  I made a copper bail and riveted all the metal pieces together (that’s five metal pieces!).  I later put the pendant on a silver chain for even more of a mixed metal look.

Three brass, hammered hearts riveted onto a copper bail

Three brass, hammered hearts riveted onto a copper bail

I already have a collection of etched pieces I’ve made and put aside till I know what to do with them. These earrings were made of disks I had made previously and tiny red jade beads.IMG_9279

My head is filled with more ideas – more metal components for earrings, more pendants and cuffs, oh my!

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