Copper & Beach Glass

It’s just occurring to me that I’ve been lazy all year and putting my work on Facebook instead of my blog. So I’m backtracking a little in the next few days to get my site up to date.

Beautiful cat's eye marble suspended on a slightly larger frame than the others.
Beautiful cat’s eye marble suspended on a slightly larger frame than the others.

 

With that in mind, here are some of my favourite things from last year: beach glass suspended in soldered, hammered, copper circles!

After I made the circles (WITH FIRE!) I suspended each piece of beach glass in the centre, then dunked them into liver of sulfur (stinky) to instantly darken the surface of the copper.

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Blackened copper

 

 

My friend Amy and I then painstakingly ground the patina back off the top of the wire, leaving it only in the crevices. I’m so glad she was here to help, this is hard on the hands!

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Extremely helpful friend.

 

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Dirty and is that a broken thumbnail!?

 

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Left: finished & oiled; Right: blackened only

 

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After the liver of sulfur and sanding down, the beach glass needs oiling again.

A bit of creative staging and voila! I love these:

 

Cobalt bottle rim
Cobalt bottle rim

 

Soft aqua beach glass... beautiful colour.
Soft aqua beach glass… beautiful colour.

 

Kelly Green glass; this almost looks like a bouquet!
Kelly Green glass; this almost looks like a bouquet!

 

Dark lime green. Really gorgeous colour in person.
Dark lime green. Really gorgeous colour in person.

 

Soft green
Soft green

 

Amber brown
Amber brown

 

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