I’ll be heading to Dallas on Wednesday to teach at Bead Fest Texas!
We had a fun time at the Bouncing Bead last Saturday making a copper cuff bracelet. Even though copper is a little harder to work with than silver, you can still get stunning results. This cuff is a copper overlay band sweat soldered, with a lace agate cabochon set on a roller print base plate. All this is then soldered on a ¼” x ¼” tube and soldered onto the cuff to lift the stone off the cuff and give the impression of floating over the cuff.
After final soldering and brass brushing to clean the copper, I plated the cuff in pickle with an iron rod in it, then brushed it again, and added patina with Liver of Sulfur gel. I then sanded the cuff overlay with 300 grit sandpaper to highlight the texture. All in all, a very satisfying project.
“I want to learn how to solder but I’m SO afraid of the torch!” I hear this all the time. Many artists that create beautiful, beaded creations want to go to the next level and learn to solder so that they can add pendants to their pieces. What’s holding them back? Fear of fire! So, how do you take the leap from stringing beads together, to actually constructing metal jewelry? Take a class! I’ll be teaching classes this month both on learning how to join metal using cold connections and riveting, as well as teaching how to solder silver and copper. It will open up a whole new world of jewelry making just in time for the holidays and holiday gift making. I’ll walk you through the fire – every step of the way. Go to the classes page to sign up for an upcoming class. After all, you don’t have to fear the flame!
I love to make bangles. There are a lot of reasons for that. Each one is an individual piece of art yet they all work so well together. Bangles seem to be timeless. How many to wear or the thickness of each one changes with the whims of the fashion community. However, they never really go out of style. We’ve posted a host of new bangles on the AJD site for you to choose from. Continue to add copper, silver, and/or be-jeweled bangles or whatever else meets your fancy and you will have an arsenal of accessories to choose from – the combinations are endless. My video “One Hour Bracelets” was recently released through Lapidary Journals/ Jewelry Artist Magazine. If you are a jewelry artist or aspire to be, check it out. I start with the easiest possible bangle and add techniques to give you many options to get started on your way to making your own bangles. So, pile ‘em on and create your own look. And most of all have fun!