Friday, 8 August 2014

New Etched Copper Findings


I decided to put my shops on holiday last Saturday for two weeks which obviously means I'm on holiday too! It's nice to have a break from made to order findings and bangles and just have time to potter and to relax and think about all the stuff I need to do without having anything that must to be done by a certain date for posting.

I do have lots of things I want to do jewellery and shops/website wise and I am slowly getting round to them. I'm also spending some time doing another thing I enjoy - buying things online! I saw some Ball mason jars on Etsy and just had to have one of them. They were looking so nice as vases, candle containers and painted in pastel colours then sanded for a vintage look that I completely bought into the "I need one but I don't really know why, they're just glass jars...but they're so pretty!" reasoning..... After lots of searching {all part of the fun} I found a UK site called Uberstar.com where you can buy the mason jars in singles for £4.99. And so I bought three of the blue version...........


Photo: Uberstar.com

I haven't filled them with an artistic arrangement of wild flowers/stuck a tealight in them or painted them with eggshell paint yet. They are just sitting in my shed, but looking very sweet as they do it, waiting for me to have a "I know what I can do with them!" moment.....


Apart from internet shopping I did also get some copper etching done. I was out of etched copper findings in my Etsy shop so I spent a pretty sweaty afternoon in the shed getting annoyed because my black Stazon ink had dried up and the brown one I had was too wet. I left it uncovered in the sun for a while and it's fine now. The results of my labour in a shed that felt like a sauna it was so hot are in the photo at the top. I used a swirly detailed Indian style stamp on most of the shapes and a leaf design on some copper oval shapes I had which I love the look of :D


Medium and small size etched copper discs


Small leaf shapes with the same Indian pattern stamp design


Handmade copper washers with slightly off centre holes {still good for dangling though!} with the same Indian style design




And my favourites - the leaf stamp design on copper ovals. 
It was nice to get that job done. I have some new earrings designs in the making including some gold {yes gold!} stud earrings and I'm going to do some experimenting with enamelling too.
'Til next time.....

11 comments:

  1. Your new copper findings are gorgeous! I'm glad you are having a relaxing holiday. Mason jars are great for so many things. I'm always seeing them used in the most unique ways on Pinterest.

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    1. Thanks Val. I will find something interesting to do with the mason jars one day!

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  2. Great minds think alike!! (I tried posting a comment already on this post, but it didn't look like it worked, so sorry if you end up with 2) I have been searching for a supplier of those mason jars here in australia also and found someone!! YAY!! now I have to decide if I want clear or tinted lol. Love all those findings especially the leaves :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment Em. They do the jars in green too :D

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  3. Very nice Cinnamon! I just gave a salt water etching workshop last Friday. Have a great time experimenting. I'm getting ready for my 2 week break. Looking forward to leaving this hot NOLA weather.

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  4. Oh and btw...I'm surprised that mason jars are hard to come by. They are all over the south! :)

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  5. Thanks Kalaya. I think the mason jars are easier to get in the US {and cheaper!} but over here they aren't as widely available and a lot more expensive usually.

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    1. Tracy, I just looked up where you are at (don't think me creepy...hahaha) and what a beautiful place to be. I LOVE being by water but love the mountains more. In fact I dreampt of mountains last night. You may not be able to get mason jars easy but you sure live in a nice area! I'll be passing you by in a couple of weeks. Fly into London but then jet right on out. Will be my first time passing through the UK. I'll wave to you! Have a great Tuesday!

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    2. Thanks Kalaya! Have a great holiday wherever you are off to :D

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  6. The mason jar is just perfect as it is. Please post a picture of it after you have done some artistic touch :-)
    and oh, the leaf stamp design for your earring is great! Love it!

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