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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bald is beautiful...

I love this piece.  I stamped a piece of 22 gauge brass with a skull stamp and etched it.  I then carefully cut around it with metal shears to mimic the skull shape, and finished it with antiquing patina, steel wool, and Renaissance wax.

I then punched a couple of holes in the top, and made some beaded links with turquoise beads and black skull beads on copper pins, and alternated those with twisted copper jump rings to make a beaded necklace.

I quite like how it turned out - it is just about 18.5" long in total.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rock Star...

This is a simple cuff that I made recently.  It is a brass piece that I stamped with a Rock Star stamp, and etched with ferric chloride acid, then finished with antiquing, sanding with steel wool and Renaissance wax and good old fashioned elbow grease - it does add a nice sheen then.

I quite like how it turned out.  I riveted it with copper rivets and hand made washers onto the brown leather, then curved it, before adding the eyelets, and then thick copper chain and the lobster clasp.  I like to mix copper and brass.

I quite like how it turned out, and it is made for a smaller wrist.  More copper links can be added to expand it later.  Also, I think next time, I may add a bit of glue to see if that adds some sturdiness to the attachment of the metal plaque to the leather, as well as the riveting.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Etched butterflies - update!

OK, so I kept looking at them and decided that my butterflies did need a prettier home - so I angled the leather sides a bit more and it gives a more pretty, delicate look to the pendant.  Much nicer, IMO.