Monday, December 31, 2012

Copper Ring Love

Check out what I did with some of
the copper parts I whacked out with my new
Swanstrom Disc Cutter. 

Okay. Okay. I know you've probably
seen similar designs before. 
Never-the-less.....I love it!  :)

The steps involved:

1.   Cut a disc. Sand edges smooth.
2.   Cut a washer. Sand edges smooth.
3.   Follow directions on RioGrande web site to make ring from washer.
4.   Clean disc with Comet. Solder silver casting grain of various sizes into center of disc.
4.5 Toss into pickle pot to clean firescale.
5.   Flatten silver casting grain with planshing hammer.
6.   Dome disk with casting grain in cheap wooden dapping block.
7.   Sand & file a flat place on the ring.
8.   Sand and file a spot on the back of the dome.
9.   Clean ring and disk with Comet. Solder domed top to ring.
9.5 Toss into pickle pot to clean firescale.
10. Clean and sand yet again.
11. Clean with toothbrush and soap to remove loose particles.
12. Dunk ring into Liver of Sulfur until black - stop LOS bath with Baking Soda Water.
13. Clean and sand...especially around the edge of the top piece (to reveal a copper glowing edge.)
14. Toss into tumbler (1-2 hrs.) with stainless steel shot to strengthen the copper.
15.  Enjoy! :)

It's not listed yet. 
Listed now.
It's a size 6.75 (approximately.)
I think it worked really well to leave it mostly black and
just highlight those warm, copper edges. 

And if I haven't mentioned it lately, I need to remind you about this site
See the filters on some of those photos? Okay, now that I looked again, all of them
may have a filter. is so easy and best of all, it's FREE.
You don't even have to register. Seriously, go try it. 
I'm hooked.

And again I say: Happy New Year!

And Carpe Diem!

ps: If I haven't told you already, I highly suggest a vinegar/salt solution for your pickle pot.
Completely non-toxic....and works GREAT. I just heat plain white vinegar in a big glass measuring pitcher in the micro. Keep adding salt (stirring) until the mixture won't take any more salt.
Put it in the pickle pot. Trust me on this one. That is all. Carry on.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Seamless Rings

I figured I better post today so I wouldn't
completely miss posting in December.
How did that happen, you say?
Well, I'll tell you.
I blame Etsy.



Well, Etsy *and* the holidays.
Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cooking and Cleaning
All that good stuff.
I love it.

It's great finally having an Etsy shop open, but I do
find that I'm a little too obsessed with checking on it.
I didn't want that to happen. I have sold a few things,
which pleases me to no end. But I don't want to be
obsessed with the selling. I'd much rather be obsessed with
the making. And Santa brought me some new toys so
I'm really anxious to put them to good use.

Swanstrom Round Disc Cutter Set
 I've been wanting a disc cutter and have read lots of reviews....
and seriously, how can you go wrong when this thing has
five stars on Rio Grande from 37 reviewers.
It's amazing!

Santa even sprung for the Center-Positioning Die Set

Seriously. Who thought of this?! Well, I know who did...I think I read about her
the  other day, but it's seriously amazing. Someone on a jewelry blog said she
couldn't imagine what you'd want a 1/8" hole for...but I sure can.
Look at those little gems! If I had a better dapping set, I could really turn those into
bead caps. My little set will just barely dome them. 

Yes! You can turn the washers into seamless rings. How cool is that?!?  

I'm blown away by this. And here's a great 
video on Rio to show how it's done.
I can't wait to try it with silver!

Blogger is acting so weird tonight.

Maybe I'll look back over the last year
of blogging for the next post. 
I sort of know how the year has gone, jewelry wise,
but it's always good to take inventory.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

And Carpe Diem! :)