Since I somehow lost this bracelet:
I decided I need to make another.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make one out of copper or brass, so I decided to do both. First you saw out the bracelet shape using a jewelry saw. Then, on the copper one, I decided to run it through the metal roller and create a pattern in the metal surface. Next, I took them both to the hydraulic press and made the shape. File and smooth the edges, clean it, then place them into a patina solution that looks like this:
Recipe: 1 part vinegar:3 parts household ammonia mixed into oak sawdust. In the photo above, I am changing the finish on a copper chain maille bracelet.
Here is what the copper (back) and brass (front) bracelets look like after the patination process:
Next step is to seal in the finish. I just use some turtle car wax. After that, I need to weave the beading part, and attach to the bracelet. That’s it… I’m getting close!
I also wanted to show you my first bezel sterling silver stone setting with my very first rivet:
Faith was kind enough to give me a 1:1 rivet lesson. I sure appreciate it!
I picked up a cool fiber tool to showcase in a upcoming post. If you own a yarn stash, you will LOVE it! Keep watching!
Here is a sneak peek of Lori’s dragon quilt:
The quilting is subtle, as you can see, so that the focal point of this quilt will shine through- which is the dragon, drawn by a talented artist friend named Teri Farrell-Gittins. Teri’s work is amazing, so you should pop on over for a look. trust me on this.
Back to Lori’s quilt. The other focal point is the bright use of colored fabric used in this quilt. I wouldn’t want to muddy any of the colors, so I am taking the time to change colors in each section.