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Saturday, December 31, 2011

New High Tech Tool for the Studio

Ever wonder why it takes years of doing the same process before you realize there's a better way?  This has made me scratch my head in wonder.  Where has this simple idea been?  I have found a new tool for my studio and it was right there in my utensil drawer for years.  A small strainer.

I do a lot of dipping of copper wire into Liver of Sulphur.  I typically use a plastic fork that the good folks at McDonald's include with my salads.  I use the folk to fish out the small components and links from my solution.  Sometimes those tiny components, that haven't been connected to a piece, can be annoying as they run away from my fork.  This keeps them in the Liver of Sulphur for longer than intended and that makes more work for me to remove the excess.  Today I woke up with my little strainer on my mind.  Whoa!  What a great idea!  So I put it into action immediately!

I have found it easier for me to oxidize the components before assembly.  This allows me to clean some of the nooks and crannies quicker and easier.  Sometimes I even run them in the tumbler before assembly, especially if I've made a chain or necklace.  It helps to keep it was knotting up and putting me in a bad mood. grrrrr.

I like using the gel form of Live of Sulphur.  I stir the goop from the bottom of the container and mix it up before adding it to the warm/hot water.  I don't know why it settles and the directions don't say to stir, but it makes sense to me and seems to work.

After most of the excess has dripped back into the original container I dip the fork with the balance into the warm/hot water and swish it around.

Now I dip the little strainer with all those loose pieces into the solution.  I use my fork to move things around to make sure everything has good exposure until the copper wire becomes the color I want.

Then my little strainer takes all of my little parts for a trip over to the clear water to stop the oxidizing.  Some folks put some baking soda into the water to stop the oxidizing, but I never have.  The plain water seems to do the trick.

One more trip in the strainer up to drain off the water and then the components go onto a paper plate or paper towels to dry.  Then the real work starts.  After they are completely dry I'll take some 0000 steel wool and maybe the Dremel with a silicon disk and remove some of the oxidization, assemble, take pictures, list in inventory, add a price tag and store until it's time to take a road trip to be sold.  As soon as this necklace is completed I'll post some pictures.

Thank you for visiting my little blog.  I hope that I have written something of value and maybe entertaining.  Have a Happy New Year full of positive blessings, excellent health, abundant prosperity, fun and laughter and the love of family and friends.



Saturday, December 10, 2011

Earth to Linda

I am such a creature of habit.  Sometimes I forget to take a second look at things to see if there is a wiser way to achieve the same result.  Thank goodness someone put me in front of a PC or I'd still be using a typewriter.  This same approach just came to light with jump rings.  Why keep taking all those finger steps to achieve a goal when there is an easier and quicker way?  Not to mention customers won't care.

I was taught 'why buy jump rings when you can make your own'?  Well, certainly that makes sense - sometimes.  Perhaps this makes sense when I need one or a hand full or if I run out of inventory.  But today the light bulb finally went on.  I think I had a brown out.  I was in production making 5 necklaces.  Each takes about 30 jump rings for a massive 150 jump rings.  I found myself coiling, coiling, coiling and thinking, wow I need to cut and align each of these.  Light bulb time!  I can buy them!  And buy them cheap!  Input a picture of me banging my head against the wall.  Where or where did my common sense go?

I can buy 100 jump rings, already antiqued, 18ga at 6mm for a whopping $1.37  I bet if I do some research I can find them in bulk for even less money.

So I can spend less than 2 cents a jump ring or I can spend a lot of time making them.  I figure it is now costing me about 10 cents a jump ring based on my rate and materials.  Did I mention that I used to be a cost accountant?  Good thing I changed career directions!

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Now I am signing off to order some jump rings! 


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Earring Frenzie

I'll keep this blog post short on words, but long on pictures of earrings.  I need to get ready for Santa Claus.

Copper and Riverstone
Copper and Tiger Eye
Copper and Seed Beads
Silver Filled and Crystal
Silver Filled and Crystal
Copper and Riverstone
Copper and Crystal
Copper, Resin and Crystal
  Copper and Seed Beads
Copper and Crystal
Silver Filled and Crazy Lace Agate

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I hope you enjoyed the earrings.  They will be at Mountain Made Gallery in Thomas, WV and WV Highlands Gallery in Davis, WV.