Christmas Present Copper Ring and My Thoughs

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.  img_20161214_091324

Merry Christmas.


Star of David

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.

Making Jewelry From Brass- A New Brass Ring

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.

Thanks for reading.