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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mad Scientist In Her Lab

Lots of pictures and few words today.

Both of these bracelets are now listed in my on line shop.

The other day I posted some of the steps to make a jade colored Swarovski pearl and hammered link copper wire bracelet.  I began to think...what if I used twisted wire and that lead me to change my bead to a petrol colored Swarovski pearl.  Then of course, I needed to take pictures of some of the steps.

First, I needed to make some twisted wire.  Since my power drill is packed away, ready for the move, I used my handy dandy hand drill.
Hold on tight to the end to keep the wire tight until it snaps off at the drill end.
 Here's a comparison of the new twisted wire link to the original bracelet hammered wire link.
The next step is to connect the links with wrapped beads.

The entire bracelet is oxidized to a dark black color.
Then the tedious task of removing the excess oxidation.
Dirty hands and work area results in a polished bracelet. 
 Into the tumbler to work harden the wire and buff any sharp ends.
 Here's the jewelery merry go around, aka the tumbler.
 After 45 minutes in the tumbler the contents are drained into a stainer and rinsed.
Finally the experiment is completed and I am satisfied and it's listed for sale in my on line shop www.lindasinish.etsy.com
 I think I might like this bracelet more than the original hammered link bracelet.

My next blog or two might be far apart, since I'll be busy moving.  But I'll catch up soon and post some pictures of my new studio.  It could be two or even three weeks.
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Have a joy filled and creative day,

Friday, April 12, 2013

Creating in the Myst of Chaos

This is the actual color of the bracelet, jade green.  Some of the pictures below show it as blue, but that is because I took some of them during my work process and not in natural light.

I was going through jewelry creating withdrawal symptoms.  There's still so much to do to get ready for my move.  There are boxes taped and stacked, pictures and mirrors wrapped, yet, there is more to do.  The stress of an incomplete task was making me cranky and restless.  So I decided to take today as a vacation day.  Yes, I dug out my tools and materials and escaped the chaos of my home transition.  Here are lots and lots of pictures of my days escape and an overview of my process.

I decided I wanted to create a new link for the beads on a bracelet.  This picture shows how a slight variation in the length of wire, yet the same mandrel, can create different results.  The link to the left is very round, the center is closer to the teardrop shape I was aiming for, and finally with a smaller connection link I achieved what I was wanting. 
Then I experimented with the original round wire and then a hammered wire.  I decided the hammered wire link had a nicer appearance.
The next experiment was to hammer the top smaller loop.  I like this result. 
The easiest way to achieve the top loop being hammered is to hammer it in the straight stage (top of picture) 
After I completed the shape I hammered the bottom portion of each link.
After all of the connector links were made I began wire wrapping the Swarovski pearls.
 Wrap, wrap, wrap.
I made a clasp, spiral charm and small pear drop.  This is the bracelet in the raw copper stage.
I then oxidized the bracelet and the other pieces I made today.  Here is a picture of the bracelet in the oxidation stage, but it hasn't been polished.
Here's the bracelet with after all of the rubbing to remove the excess patina and polished in it's final stage.
These are earrings to compliment the bracelet, still incomplete.  They need to be polished, tumbled and ear wire added to them.
Today, I started with these earrings as a project.  I think they will be great once I polished, tumble and add ear wires. 
I experimented with a Herringbone Weave for some adjustable rings.  I can't wait to see them polished and tumbled.
This style ring is a staple on my display.  The ladies love these simple rings.  Of course they look much better once polished and tumbled. 
 I don't plan on getting rich with my little business, but I do plan to have continued fun.  It takes so long to get a piece of jewelry completed and ready to be sold.  I think I make minimum wage, or at least I hope I do.
A group picture. At the end of day one I made quite a bit of jewelry. I'll put the finishing touches on them tomorrow. They still need to be buffed, polished, tumbled, photographed, with descriptions written, and posted in my on line shop.
After the bracelet has been oxidized (and turned black) the excess must be removed with fine steel wool.
Half way there...rub, rub, rub...
Rub, Rub, Rub 
Finally, the excess has been removed.  Now it goes into the tumbler for about 45 minutes to work harden the wire and give it a final polishing.  Then more pictures of the final bracelet, so it can be listed for sale in my on line shop at www.lindasinish.etsy.com.
And, finally it's listed for sale here.
Now, I've got to get back to packing and sorting.  I'm hoping that the settlement date for the sale of my current home will be scheduled soon. 
Thank you for visiting my blog.
Have a joy filled and creative day,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Getting Ready To Move

I just returned from a trip to Warrenton, VA where I will be moving.  The time was well spent emptying out the loft space where I will be living.  So many trips up and down stairs.  Then we washed the baseboards and windows in preparation for the painter to transform the walls.  My good friend Brenda will be taking care of getting the carpeting cleaned.  I am so excited about my move.  I just know it's the right decision. I parked my vehicle here in West Virginia and turned off the ignition about 5 pm.  After an intensely busy four days I'm unbelievably tired and glad to be able to crash.  The suitcase will remain unpacked until tomorrow.

Here's a few 'before' pictures to give you a peak into my visit.  I'll post more pictures once I've moved in and have everything organized.

Meet the neighbors!  These gals just love to chat.  The kitchen scraps are given to these gals in exchange for fresh eggs.

While in Warrenton I decided to fill the gas tank and was pleased to find gas prices 60 cents less than in West Virginia.

Sadie was given a leash free walk.  Since she's a senior citizen and walks slower than in her youth, it was easy for me to follow behind her.

The loft is huge and has 3 main sections.  Those book cases and window seat will be painted white.  A covered cushion will be made for the window seat.  The walls will be a very pale yellow, almost white.  This is the larger of the areas and it is where I'll put my bedroom furniture, swivel rocker recliner chair and the TV.  I love all of the natural light with the skylight and the large windows.  I have a feeling that window seat will be a favorite spot to sit with a warm cup of coffee and some great reading material.

Here's where the creations will take place.  This is a enormous dormer.  About 8 foot square.  My work table will be up against the window and my racks and cabinets will be along the walls.  This area will be a pale yellow, almost white.

The area beyond the ladder will be my office.  Can you see the tall ceiling?  I believe they are 10 to 12 feet in the center.  I'll place my desk along the wall to your left.  The wall on your right will have my antiqued Singer sewing machine.  Again, the walls will be a very pale yellow, almost white.  The doors to the walk in closet and bathroom will be white.  There is some shelving to the distant wall and that will be white.  And yes, the carpeting is scheduled for a cleaning.  That's Mark in the picture.  He's the wonderful painter who is helping to transform the walls.

I hope that I have made some sense during this post.  Perhaps I should have waiting until tomorrow and typed with a fresh outlook.  But I wanted to get this written so I can get the balance of my packing ready.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Have a joy filled and creative day.