Posting a picture and link the latest creation I added to my Etsy Shop. This is a piece is 6 gauge copper wire fuse welded together and hammered flat with the pein end of my cross pein hammer. I added the leather necklace and hand made clasp to enhance the rustic handmade look and feel.
know I need to do this more often, but ….. then I don’t. It is so easy to post to Instagram and you get instant feedback. Posting to a blog almost seems outdated. In any case, I need to post more to this blog.
Whenever I sell something I am deeply touched and thankful to both God and my customer.
Every time I start the creation process I am reminded of how God has blessed me with the talent and the desire to make stuff. And when I receive an order I am touched that someone has picked my creation over all the other talented makers out there.
The Ring pictured below is a Christmas present. A son and mother were online shopping for a ring he wanted for Christmas and they picked one of mine. I am so blessed to be able to make such a positive impact on people’s lives.
This ring becomes a bond between a mother and her son that will last a life time. I am so blessed to be part of that.
Working on a Star of David. This has been a challenge to intertwine the two triangles. The sides of the triangles are within .010″ of each other…so far. I hope to have it a little tighter when finished. I still need to solder and hammer a texture on the piece.
I just started making jewelry from brass. The brass I use is 230 alloy brass. It is sometimes referred to as jewelers brass. The type of brass has a close appearance to gold, …. for a few weeks, then is starts to tarnish. Gold does not tarnish.
I still like the finished product. The color is excellent. I think, both copper and brass lend themselves to rustic looking jewelry. This piece has a hand hammered wood grain texture. The inside is polished for a smooth fit and feel. It has a nice rustic look and a sophisticated feel.
So why not use gold? Well there are several factors involved in using gold. The first is cost. At roughly $1,250 an ounce for gold, and jewelers brass at $.90 an ounce, one can see there is a BIG difference in price. Scrap is the other big factor. One needs to be set up to handle precious metals. I am not…yet.
So for now copper and brass will be my metals of choice. They are easy to work with and both finish well. Besides, I think both metals work better for rustic looking jewelry. For some reason gold and rustic just do not seem to fit together.
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