Friday, November 11, 2016

Mermaid Tears

I've spent several days making beads and here are the results. 

Mermaid Tears necklace $175.00
Mermaid Tears and handmade chain $55.00
Dicro Mermaid Tears on purchased chain $50.00

If your interested in any of these contact my by email at beadbug at USA . Com


 


 


 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Fused Links

I had some fun at the torch today melting some recycled wire. 
Fused Tears, 36" long, $75.00
Head Pin Bracelet $50.00


 


 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Powder Coating Fun

Yesterday and today I got to play with powder coating and there's going to be a whole lot more color on my future jewelry. I've got 12 colors comming and can't wait to play, here's some of what I worked on today.




Thursday, October 27, 2016

Make Your Own Enamel Sifters for Powder Coating.

This weekend I'm taking a class on how to powder coat and I ordered a dozen colors of powder coat paint. My experience in enameling has proven its very easy to contaminate the powders with left over powder from the last color I've used even when very careful so I decided I wanted each color to have its own dedicated sifter but that wasn't coat effective since they run between $6-$10 dollars each. After looking around I didn't find any information on making your own so I decided to figure out how to build my own. I have tons of pipe that's been ripped out of the old bathroom so I started with that and recycled wire. The finished sisters ended up costing me 20 cents each for the screen. Even if you had to purchase everything it would still be mor cost effective if you want a bunch of them.

Here’s what my finished product looked like.



Supplies
5/8” length of 5/8” copper pipe for each sifter
Pipe screens
1 foot of 16 gauge wire for each sifter
Quick set epoxy
Wire cutters
Metal shears
Pipe cutter
Ring mandrel
Drill
Pliers


Directions

Cut your pipe how ever tall you would like your sifter mine are 5/8” tall.
Cut your wire 12 inches long and fold it in half.
Place the two cut ends into your drill chuck and tighten. Place a long piece of your piper something slightly smaller into the wire loop as shown then carefully use the drill to twist the wire. You can over twist so go slow.



Once twisted, release the wire from the chuck and with the ring mandrel round up the section that goes around the pipe, make the loop measures a ring size of 5.25. Hammer larger if necessary or tighten up the loop by twisting the handle with a pair of pliers to make it smaller.


I soldered my handles on but I would just epoxy them on next time since they aren't gong to take any heat. So epoxy your handle on to the pipe.

Once the handle epoxy has cured epoxy the screen to the bottom of the sifter. When this has dried cut away any overhanging screen from the edges of the sifter.

Using your pliers curl the end of the sifter handle, I think this makes them easier to hang on to.

My sifter is much smaller than the large version I already owned but just as effective. You could make larger sifters if you can find larger pipe screens.








Saturday, July 30, 2016

Viking Knit Double Wrap Bracelet

Today I was playing with a couple ideas when I came across a way to make this Viking knit bracelet, it will fit any size wrist and even an ankle if that's where you want to wear it. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Moroccan Pendants

My friend Melissa saw a photo where I had some blanks laid out in this pattern and decided I needed to make it into a pendant so here it is. The pendant measures 3.5" and is on a hinged neck wire with a small handmade blown bubble by Cara Washington. $75.00


More Moroccan exchangeable pendants. These measure 2.5" tall and are hanging from an 18" chain. $75.00 


Monday, July 11, 2016

Moroccan Exchangeable Bead Pendant

Working handmade beads into my designs is always a fun part off the process and I use them in as often as possible. This time it was so easy and I've done it in a way that will allow you to pick beads that are your favorites to wear with this pendant.
Any bead 7/8 of an inch wide or narrower should work with the pendant.  
As you can see if the bead is smaller you can use some spacing beads to fill the area. This necklace will come with a set of extra spacing beads of varied widths so you can change beads as the mood strikes.  I will be selling these for $70.00. 
I love to show the process, this is a hand cut pancake die I made and here is the beginning idea I had. The big holes didn't give the gipsy feel I was going for so I scrapped that idea.
Here is the puffed piece showing how I used tiny copper beads to seperate the layers
I decided to use brass rivets to put two layers together. 
Here it is before polishing and patina, I'm not a fan of bright copper but if you are I can leave the patina off. 





Friday, July 1, 2016

Camping Projects

I've working on some bracelets while out camping. The weather has been beautiful. 


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Skull n Leather Bracelet

I'm so in love with this new bracelet but it's already sold, there will be more because I need one to wear.
Skull n leather bracelet, $60.00

Sawing Class

I was very lucky to schedule a class with Robyn Cornelius at Bead and button. I took her mini piercing class and it was amazing. I'm not sure if she cast a special sawing spell over the whole room or what but I only used two blades on my project. You know in the past I have really struggled with sawing so this was a huge improvement. I have friends who have taken other classes with Robyn and loved them so if she comes to your area and you get a chance to take a class with her do it!

Mini Percing With Robyn!  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Notebook Cover

I've been working on a few projects that have needed notes not stuck on a post-it and forgotten someplace so I started a bullet journal then I decided I wanted separate notebooks for each piece of the pie so I made an A5 notebook holder like one I saw from Germany for $135+ shipping. 

It's all leather, recycled copper and hair elastics. 

Inside the cover. 

It's actually navy and red. 

Top view. 

With the notebooks placed into the clips. 

Copper hooks to hold the notebooks. 

Copper hooks before I put them into the notebook. 







Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cuttlefish Casting

Today I took a Cuttlefish Casting class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. My first pour went well but the second one was a bust. Here are some photos of the first cast. 
Heating the bronze for the pour. 

Opened cast. 

Unearthing. 

It looked pretty rough so I wasn't so sure at this point things were going to be any good. 

After sawing off the excess and polishing it up I think my first shot was a success. 

More to come. 




Thursday, April 21, 2016

Colored Pencil on Copper

I've been working on cutting more pancake or blanking die to use with my Hydraulic press and I'm having a ball using the colored pencil on them. Here are a few new pieces and another on the way.

This is about 2.5 inches long. 

I love how the back of this turned out. 

I'm calling this the chalkboard heart. 

Next up will be some sugar skulls.
I would like to introduce you to my helpful sidekick Roxi she's an Australian Shephard who thinks nothing can be made without her stamp of approval and a touch of dog fur. She looks a bit crazy here but she was trying to squish her head into a space it normally doesn't fit into. 




Friday, April 15, 2016

Hydraulics, Texture & Techniques

Emily  Wohlscheid and I are teaching a class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for the spring semester on the hydraulic press and color techniques. One of the things we are showing is colored pencil on copper and I thought my readers might like to see some of the samples. 



Sunday, April 10, 2016

A great class wth Jayne Redman

For the past five days I've been taking a class from Jayne Redman, if you ever get a chance to take one of her workshops just do it. The 5 days were spent breaking a million saw blades, my issue not Jaynes fault, cutting out steel blanking die and cutting various forms from copper. 

This was my first little die cut from tool steel and then used to press out the copper shape. 
Here's the piece of cut copper folded to looked like a rosebud. 

For my second die I decided to go all out and try the hardest thing I could think of cutting out. I know you may not recognize this but it's a paisley outline. This took me the better part of four or five hours and many broken saw blades but I learned a lot and that's what class is about. Before this class I didn't have a great deal of sawing experience,  let me tell ya, steel is a very unforgiving material. 

This would be the saw blade grave yard and I'm sure the number would have been doubled if it weren't for my favorite Green Lyon Saw frame. 

The next piece I cut was a box die I designed to see if the same shape could be flipped and used for the bottom so two halves out of the same die. 

This is the progression of folding and rolling the hinges, it needs some refining but I'm very pleased with my first try at a hinged box. 

We also cut out silhouette dies from some thick plexiglass, no blades broken because this is a huge blade. 

When you put the die with copper and urethane into the press it into the cut plexiglass it puffs up the copper, this can also be cut with the die we cut out of steel as shown on the top right. 

We then took the plexiglass silhouette die and put some wire shapes into it to create a pattern in our copper. This will be cut with the blanking die I just didn't get to it yet. I have some perfecting to do before this is done but it still shows the idea well and the possibilities are endless. 

We also learned how to carve a design into plexiglass and push copper into it so the pattern is transferred into the copper.  I forgot to get a photo of it so here's me wearing my scarf because I forgot my mask carving the plexiglass.

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by.