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Friday, July 8, 2011

Don't Try This At Home

Or, don't waste your time doing this. I've excelled at failing at this 'technique'.

I found some 12 gauge copper wire in my stash.  I felt like a kid on Christmas morning.  When did I buy 12 gauge?  I don't remember, but finding it has made me a happy camper.  I decided to try to use this heavier wire to make some gigantuous links for a bracelet.  It's always a happy day when I cut exactly the length of wire needed.  In this case 6".  It's even happier when the link just creates itself, especially after having a design challenging day, yesterday.  Then the second link was made.  No big deal since it's a clone of the first link.  Then these two links needed something different that they could snuggle up to.  I started to think.  There's a problem when the left brain is activated to do a right brain function.  But within a few minutes and some fumbling with the tools the middle link started to take form.  The spiral needed to be open so the jump rings could connect, so I started to stretch the wire outward.  Then I noticed an egg shape starting to form.  Exciting!  Looky, looky.  Magic!  Ya' just gotta' love how that creative right brain can make special things happen. 

Once the 3 focal links were attached with a few pair of jump rings I needed to figure out what the rest of the bracelet would look like.  That's when pairs of jump rings ran the show.  A charm was added near the connection, just because I wanted it.

There's a bunch of hammering and texturing that went into this project and I thought I'd be intelligent (duh!) and use the jell form of liver of sulphur directly from the jar and paint it onto the textured area, leaving the balance of the bracelet raw.  Well, dang if it just wouldn't adhere and came right off.  My guess is that the heat used with the rock form of liver of sulphur must do some sort of chemical magic.  So I reverted to plan b and immersed the entire bracelet into hot liver of sulphur.

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