Beginning a New Journey

Just another day in paradise…at my jewelry bench.

Today begins my aspirations to use sterling silver and gold-filled metals in my jewelry making.  I have been inspired by other metal artisans who have created some very pretty and interesting jewelry.

For the past year or so I have been using the base metals of copper and brass.  These metals are fairly inexpensive to work with, as well as interesting in their own rights.  I love working with copper!   The metal properties of copper are fascinating to learn about and the color is so rich and warm.  I have cut out discs, sawed, filed, sanded, textured, soldered, oxidized, tumbled and polished copper pendants and bracelets.  I have used brass to a lesser degree.  It is more difficult to oxidize, which is a good thing if you don’t like an oxidized look.  I don’t have the same affection for brass, but like most things it has it’s place.

So, there you have it.  Stay tuned…the learning curve is just beginning…

Sterling Silver Discs and other possibities…

I have spent a few hours making a necklace with four little, initial stamped, sterling silver discs.

These little, stamped discs were each stamped with an initial, oxidized and then brushed to give them a lush look. Then they were each attached, by jump rings, to one of the soldered and hammered sterling silver rings I made a couple of days ago. I layered a smaller soldered copper ring within the sterling silver ring.

I’m very, very pleased with the way the necklace turned out. I should have taken a picture of it before I gave it as a gift to my friend battling cancer. Oh well…it was really nice to see the look on her face when I gave it to her. She has an appointment for a strong dose of chemo tomorrow. I hope her spirits will be lifted a little knowing she has friends who care about her.