Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Sunday, November 8, 2015
You most likely know I love a good challenge. I picked up this copper and brass engraved bowl at my favorite junk store Jill's Adiction in Marshal, Michigan. If your in the area stop in and say hello to Jill she's amazing. The bowl sat for several months before I realized that the alternating engraved brass and copper pie pieces would make amazing bracelet sides. These bracelets will be a limited edition since the etched bowl is only going to produce several bracelets.
This bracelet was made out of the brass sections of the bowl with hand blown bubbles created by my tall noted friend Cara Washington. $95.00
This bracelet was made from m the copper sections of the engraved bowl and decorated with beads by my amazingly creative friend Marion Walters. $95.00
Another bracelet made with the copper sections of the bowl with hand blown bubbles by Cara Washington. $95.00
Here you can see how well this bracelet sits on the wrist. Cara tried this bracelet on last night ( she has a large wrist) and it sat just as comfortably on her.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
My dad really hit the motherload finding these tins this winter. I'm not sure what I would do without my friends and family always being on the outlook for fun funky things for me to try making jewelry out of.
These are all out of 100% recycled materials $75.00.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
My dad found a bunch of antique tins this winter on his travels and I just got them made into some new necklaces since the last bunch were so well loved.
Stow it Necklaces $65.00 each, all the tins still open to store your tiny trinkets.
You will notice the two laxative boxes in this photo the Ex-Lax has a dice and pin because when you take a laxative your on pins and needles until your roll of the dice. The Natures Remedy has an included key and watch face since time is the key to all things.
Update. After taking these photos I realized the box for the one time use phonograph needles needed some special treatment. I decided to place it on this rustic handmade recycled copper chain. $125.00
Friday, October 2, 2015
I'm getting ready to head to Berrien Springs Youth Fair Ground tomorrow morning and after packing I decided to get back to these bike chains. I've been working on them for a few weeks but getting the chain to tighten up enough so they didn't have much movement was a bit tough.
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
For sometime I have wanted to include a care card with purchases. I think this is especially important if the item is a gift, with so many folks recommending cleaning copper with catsup and other items that would totally remove the beautiful patina your piece has when it's purchased.
Here's what my friend Cara and I came up with, if your thinking this would be a great idea to add to your purchase package please make it your own and reword it to fit your jewelry. The big Tracy over the tops of these is simply to protect my design.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Today I was on Pintress looking at some beautiful beads and came across a photo of my very first torch setup. It was a great inexpensive setup. The hood is the same one I'm still using, Dave found it in his work scrap pile, it's an antique gas lamp from downtown Battle Creek. I used some cheap Target cube style shelving with cut fence post for the glass cubbies then placed a piece of shelving board across the top to secure the hood pipe in place and to give me a location to clamp the lights. I had a piece of white Formica I put up as wall protection not that I needed it but it did help reflect the light and that was helpful. The hose vented out a window to my left with a really big cast iron fan that my brother gave me. This fan is so strong that I have accidentally not kept dots on a bead hot enough and they popped up and were taken up into my exhaust where they plunked along until they hit a low spot in the pipe.