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Copper Daggers & Gems

Quick look at my newest design, consisting of hand-forged copper dagger shapes, some fire-balled copper ends, various gemstones (labradorite, Russian chaorite, fossilized coral, malachite, and what I think is lapis lazuli) and lots and lots of finicky fiddling. No pre-conceived wire weaving here – it’s all freeform wire art.

My favourite part is the way the tumbler makes the copper GLOW. Way better than just sanding off the antiquing patina! I’m so happy with these.

 

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The labradorite I’ve claimed, probably forever, and the large fossilized coral is adorning the neck of a co-worker and it looks FANTASTIC on her. I can’t wait for the weekend to make more!

Gemstone Focus Pendants

I’m really going to miss Little Mysteries in Halifax. They were one of my favourite stores, and I was really lucky to have them place wholesale orders for my Focus pendants in the last couple of years. Here’s a flashback to the couple of orders:

Pulling and laying out beads for a wholesale order of my special Focus line. Love, strength, and balance seem to be the most popular sentiments.
Pulling and laying out beads for a wholesale order of my special Focus line. Love, strength, and balance seem to be the most popular sentiments.

Two of my favourites from this batch:

Progress being made!
Strength & Protection
The more I do the better I get, I think.
The more I do the better I get, I think.
Little Mysteries Focus Pendants
Focus Pendants – Creativity

 

Little Mysteries Focus Pendants
Focus Pendants – Love

 

Little Mysteries Focus Pendants
Focus Pendants – Peaceful Sleep

 

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

 

Tribal/Steampunk Filigree Pendants

One night while browsing Etsy I discovered that you can get filigree blanks that are much larger than what I normally work with. I simply HAD to have them. I got a nice shipment of various shapes and then went to town with my Gilder’s Paste. This is a waxy kind of goo that you dab on to metals and burnish off, and it helps drab pieces turn into dynamic, colored WOW:

WHEE!! Original on left.

It's so fun! Original on the right, patinaed on the left.

I had SO much fun with these. As you know, colour is what floats my boat so figuring out what works was super delightful.

I'm having THE BEST TIME colorizing these giant filigrees with gilder's paste.

So when I was done I had these amazing pieces of metal:AHHH THEY'RE SO PRETTY I can barely stand it :D :D :D

And then… I was stuck. I wanted them to be part of my steampunk-y assemblage pieces but when I started pairing them up with my regular bits, nothing was working!! I tried keys and gears and hammered wire and rusty things and patina’ed metal and so many other things I can’t even remember them all. NOTHING was working. They sat on my bench for two weeks!

Seriously, it was awful. Look at this mess:

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Somehow, one day I found the answer, and it was this: Bling!

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Suddenly it all started coming together…

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and that meant it was time to add wire! And much like everything I do… they instantly became my new favourite :D

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I'm having trouble picking but I think this one is my favourite!

 

Are these not totally fabulous??

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I’m also really pleased to have found a new type of chain for my non-silver pendants:

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My bellydancer friends tell me these will work well in the Tribal Fusion community. Now I’m looking for a way to get them to see!