Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Necklace

In an ongoing effort to decrease the number of PMC parts, pendants, beads, and charms I have sitting around I made a new necklace tonight. I love the look of stringing with bullion wire, so I made some extra to cover the softflex where it met the chain and clasp. The crimp covers rock too, making the transition to the clasp seamless. 

Two words.....

Copper Clay......

It's cheap, and fires faster than bronze clay.... such a pretty color!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Images from the street painting festival

An annual event in San Rafael, look at these wonderful colors...... 

remake, recycle, refresh

Remaking a piece of jewelry. 

 This was the original necklace, 30inches long.

Several options, pendants hanging around.....

I cut the wrapped loops above two beads, the dangle and the bead above. I turned them into earrings. I added a clasp, and about 1 1/2 inches of chain so that if I take off the pendant the necklace can be wrapped around my wrist for a 4 strand bracelet..... 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Making stuff

I make so many PMC pieces.....I have a huge pile of parts. My plan is to make a piece of jewelry each day or two, use up the pieces I have already. More later on perfect finishing touches, crimps, crimp covers and french wire. 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

what's on my bench today

Ever since my trip to Artfest I have been playing with hammering and cutting metal. I know Joe will be horrified but these birds are cut with shears, not the dreaded saw. I like the freedom of  the shears, and the deckled edge from hammering. I have been hammering on a shot bag, and a bench block with my newest hammers from Fretz. They are sensual in the hand and they texture perfectly. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Welcome to my newest challenge.....

I guess I don't have enough to do, I need a blog.....I'll post pictures, ideas and whats on my bench....since I'm always working on something. You can comment if you like. Follow my links to good stuff, friends, and new things.