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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Blazer and Eurotool Torches

Last Sunday, the 14th, Jeanette and Andria joined me in the studio. They brought their torches and did a demo and comparison.

First we put a piece of sheet metal down to protect the workbench. I have read that ceramic tiles work well for this purpose and some added to the back board improve safety. We then got out not one, not two, but three fire extinguishers and read how to work them. No need to have Fire Marshall Bill show up.

Jeanette owns the Eurotool Max Flame $38.50 on the left and Andria owns the Blazer $85.00 on the right. Both torches use high grade butane that is purchased in a tobacco / cigar shop. They preformed equally well and balled the metal to make head pins. Right now I'm not ready to buy a torch, since I am focusing on cold connections. However, there will come a day that I will shell out some dollars, because I'm a tool junky. At that time I will go for the Eurotool and save myself a few dollars.

There are lots of articles on the web about the many types of torches. Some say you can even use a kitchen torch that is used for creme brulee and costs only a few dollars. For those who want to melt glass there are some big dollar high performance torches. So shop around and do a lot of research before diving in to make sure the torch you get serves your purpose.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Copper Bracelet and Pendant

Today I completed a copper bracelet and pendant. It is the first time that I have actually used liver of sulphur to antique my wire and then used 000 steel wool to bring out the high lights. Using the steel wool has the same artistic challenge as paint on a canvas. It's knowing when to stop. It was a very interesting experiment.

For those of you who haven't use liver of sulphur be warned! This stuff stinks. It stinks a lot! So I was outside in the cold, so the smell wouldn't overtake me. I'm sure my neighbors must have thought I was a bit weird. But I think the few minutes in the cold was worth it. Al tho, it would have been smart of me to have put on a coat. Dah!

I am thrilled with the final projects. It is amazing how much the antique effects improve the appearance of the wire.
From looking at this picture of the pendant I need to go tweak the bottom coils where they connect to the drop. They are hanging a bit to the side. It's interesting how I don't see some of these areas until they have been photographed and published. Geeish! I am always learning.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

New Earrings

I just love these new earrings. They can be worn anytime of the year, but they are similar to the shape of a Christmas tree with pretty ruby ornaments so they are just perfect for the holidays.

These Swarvoski crystals are named ruby. I have always associated ruby with a deep red, but apparently those wonderful folks at Swarvoski headquarters think ruby is a bit more violet.

These crystals are surrounded with a silver filigree cone that was originally created as caps on multiple sting necklaces.

I am using a different photo editing software and still need to master the effects of silver, the details of the filigree are so much prettier in person.