|Crusty Copper Form Folded Cuff with *RIVETS*|
That's right, people. I tried my hand at rivets again. These were going pretty good
until I used a leather mallet on it - on the bracelet mandrel....and one rivet went flying off.
I found it by backing the 4Runner out of the garage & sweeping the floor.
Back to the drawing board...I then attempted to solder it back in place and burned allllll the patina off.
By the way...the verdigris patina is achieved with JAX Green Patina.
I love that stuff. Can you tell?
Then I punted. I started over.
In the end, I'm pretty happy with it. There's form folding in there. And there's some
etching (the swirly pattern.) Plus, can you see the punches? One thing I like
about the verdigris patina is that it looks pretty cool with turquoise rings.
|Just for the record: The second time on the mandrel, I used my hands to form the cuff.|
The cuff has a couple coats of sealer
and a final coat of Dorland's wax medium to seal and buff.
Earrings! I declared them not ugly. So they can stay.
|Domed & textured Vintaj brass disks, Mother of Pearl Beads &|
hand formed copper sticks.
A little background about all these earrings --- I picked up the
Mother of Pearl stick beads in a shop in
Corpus Christi, TX. When I took them out of the bag later, I noticed that
the young lady in the shop had labeled them "Coral." Close. ;)
The colors in them are a sort of taupe
and light coffee cream. They're really gorgeous.
|This pair has Vintaj paddles hung behind the Mother of Pearl beads.|
And the second pair has the same mother of pearl beads
and are hung from some copper disks that have been domed,
textured and have liver of sulfur patina added....AND been sealed with 2 coats of sealer.
|Yet another XO pendant|
In keeping with the XO theme from the last post, here's a teeny, tiny version.
This one is made from BronzClay. The pendant is smaller
than a penny and hung on a tiny antiqued bead chain.
These three tiny, silver beads may be silver plated instead of sterling. I'm not sure.
They were rescued from an old bracelet. I only know that they really
came to life when I threw them in the tumbler for an hour or so.
They're on a sterling chain which has some light patina added for depth.