After a couple of weeks of not making any jewelry, I had a fairly productive weekend and made some new pieces and tried out some new techniques. They didn’t work out perfectly, but I’m quite pleased with these items.
A few weeks ago, I found an image I had saved of a pendant that was framed with sterling silver. I thought that would make really cute earrings. So I gave it a try, only to discover the technique is trickier than I was expecting. I was making some earrings with black labradorite, but to fix a mistake I made with the first earring, I cut the silver too short. Not wanting to waste sterling, I made this pair with some pink shell.
And finally, a bracelet. I was inspired by some earrings I saw in a book on cold connections. I thought it would be cute as a bracelet and decided to try with copper.
Copper is a great practice material as it is much less expensive to buy than sterling silver and so if I make mistakes, that’s fine. It’s an opportunity to try out new techniques without the stress of wasting material. Plus I really like the look of copper and I wear copper pieces, not just silver ones. It was a good thing I tried it out in copper first, because I made five links, three for the bracelet and I was going to use two for a pair of earrings. I was unhappy with how two of the copper links turned out, so I didn’t make the earrings. But I had three that I was able to use for the bracelet. And I think that I learned a lot about punching holes in the right place and making sure to saw lines at a right angle.
The beads are green aventurine and a fabulous colour in person. But unfortunately the bracelet is too large for my wrist (it’s a 7″ bracelet), so this item won’t be for me. I’ll put it for sale on my web-store. But I already have plans to make one with oval hammered links of copper with some nice amazonite beads I have. I will make sure this one is small enough to fit me (I’ll make smaller links).
Working with metal is so much fun. I’ve been working with wire for about a year and a half now and I love how wire can be transformed into so many cool things. I started working with sheet metal in May, and now I feel as though the world of jewelry-making has expanded so much… Learning to saw sheet was one of the most valuable things I have done. So many shapes can be made, and used in so many different ways. And I can solder too, which seems to make the possibilities endless… It’s so exciting!