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A Groovy Shape Copper Bangle And How I Made it

A couple of weeks ago I made these earrings... 

I love this retro-style groovy shape so decided I'd make a bangle using the same sort of shapes. Here's how I did it together with the moments of enlightenment I had along the way :D


I started with a 20cm long piece of copper which would be stretched when it was put through the rolling mill so would end up plenty long enough for a medium bangle.{Or so I thought....}
I continued with the strange fetish I have for spending a fair amount of time with a scalpel and masking tape in order to get the thin strips I needed for the stripe texture. I rolled the metal through the rolling mill and removed the tape to reveal the stripes.


The next stage was to mark the points where I was going to cut into the sides of the copper and then use the saw to do just that. I also had to decide where I was going to put the solder join - in the middle of a section or at the point where it narrows. That was my #1 moment of enlightenment. All moments wil…
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My Jewellery Shed - Then And Now

My blog was recently featured on two shed retail website blogs.

The first was Waltons who held a Blog Awards 2017. My blog was entered in the Best Creative/ Shed Worker Blog category and I came second! I got to vote in that category too and did think about voting for myself {!} then decided not to and voted for another great blog about making beautiful stained glass creations. I got a badge to display in my sidebar and three pairs of gardening gloves as a prize which was very nice.

I was also contacted by What Shed? who included my blog in their Creative sheds that are very un-shed like blog feature. The feature covers sheds that are used for a variety of things including various creative pursuits, a recording studio and a home for a huge wargaming collection. An interesting read as it's amazing what goes on inside those wooden things at the bottom of people's gardens.

All this shed stuff made me want to see how much my shed has changed since I first moved into it three years…

Amazing Enamel Effects

Buying a kiln recently has given me the chance to experiment with enamelling on larger pieces of copper and to produce some really cool effects. These effects happen when you combine different types of enamel.

I usually use smaller flat pieces of copper for making enamelled earrings and have had some of these effects happen when firing with a torch but they are much more obvious when you use larger pieces. I made a few practice pieces which you can see in the photos below.



This was flux {a transparent enamel not to be confused with soldering flux!} applied straight onto copper and fired until the copper was a bright golden colour. Then I added a layer of liquid enamel in green and red over the flux and fired again. 
The lines and spots form when the enamel becomes hot enough to start moving and in this case the transparent pushes through the liquid enamel layer forming these cool lines and spots. The effect is better in the green liquid enamel than the red. 


Next is an effect that reminds…

I Have A Kiln!

I've been enamelling with a torch for a few years now and always thought getting a kiln was out of the question. There were several reasons for this... my work shed is very small and I didn't have a place where the kiln could sit....I was worried about the heat from it...and of course the cost.

Then I started thinking that the end of the financial year is getting nearer and that I'd like to spend some of my profit on equipment for my jewellery business rather than giving it to the taxman :D
That combined with the dawning that I didn't need a permanent home for a kiln, just somewhere safe to put it while I was using it, started to change my mind.

I researched kilns and decided the Prometheus Pro 1 would be perfect. It's small - less than 12" in width, height and depth and light enough to move easily. It's also small enough to sit under my jewellery bench when I'm not using it and not get in the way of my feet. The firing chamber is small though - just …

New Jewellery For 2017

Ok, so it is slightly late as it's already February but...... after the mad Christmas rush I closed my shops for a few weeks for a break and to give me time to make some new stock. I spend most of my time making bangles as the majority of my bangle designs are made to order so when I have the chance I make earrings, as many earrings as I can!

I do have a fairly quick turn around with my made to order bangles {3 - 4 days} as I work better under pressure when it's busy but it was lovely to have the time to just play without having to think about getting anything else finished to post for a certain day. I managed to get a few pairs of earrings in silver, copper, bronze and enamel made. I get bored pretty quickly and sticking to just one metal or design type doesn't work for me which is why I produce stuff that is quite varied.


The green speckle enamel earrings are copper sheet I cut into these cool Moroccan/Moorish style tile shapes which is my favourite shape at the mo. I a…

Meet Pixie

This is my new kitten Pixie. She's almost 5 months old now and adorable. After losing two of my three cats over the past couple of years I've been meaning to get another cat for a while but left it over a year before actually getting round to it!
I was hoping to get a kitten from the local Cat's Protection place but they deemed where I live to be too near a busy road to be able to have anything other than an adult female indoor cat. They had to Google my address as they admitted they didn't know the area but did seem to know the road in question was "too busy" {it's not}.
So knowing an adult female cat probably wouldn't be able to handle my adult male cat Eddie who loves a fight and has bullying tendencies if he senses any weakness in other cats I found a kitten in the local ads.

The first photo I took of Pixie in a rare moment of stillness - she looks very serious here - it didn't last long.

Pixie came from a stables and she smelt very strongly …

What's New - Earrings and Bangles

In the last couple of weeks I've been busy making new pieces which was a nice change from made to order bangles which take up most of my time these days!
I've had chance to make 12 new sterling silver bangles that needed sending off to London for hallmarking. These are now back, photographed and starting to be listed and appear in my Etsy shop.
I've also been using some more of the texture cards from Rolling Mill Resource on Etsy. I'm so pleased with how well the new designs work on copper and silver. I sometimes had a problem with getting a good imprint on silver but this latest order are working really well. I also used some twisted copper wire I'd had hanging around for a while to make some open hoop earrings.
Sterling silver studs always sell well so I used some small pieces of embossed sheet to create some simple disc studs.
 I also made a couple of pairs of silver open hoops too. All my new stuff is already up on my website and I'm in the middle of tweaki…

Using A Bead Reamer

A while ago I bought a set of diamond coated bead reamers and thought it was about time I tried them out.
I got them from Cooksongold for just under £9 and they arrived in a plastic pouch. There are four bead reamers in the set: two thin round reamers - like a smaller version of a round needle file - and two conical shapes - one with a barrel shaped body. 
So, what do you do with a bead reamer? They are designed to be used to enlarge a hole in a bead and can also be used to smooth the area around the hole. Back when I used to make a lot of bead and wire jewellery, every now and then I would come across a couple of stone beads from a string with "wonky" holes. By that I mean when the hole was drilled in the bead it didn't meet properly in the middle causing a narrow area that stopped the wire going through to the other side. 
I thought I'd try out the bead reamer on a stone bead with this problem.

The 20g copper wire will only go about halfway through the bead becaus…