Monday, July 27, 2009

New Tools = New Techniques

I LOVE tools.  I love researching new ones, getting new ones, and of course, practicing new techniques with them.  I just got a few extra toys, so, I finally am set up to do some basic soldering.  I fuse with fine silver all the time, which takes less steps and less heat, but there is so much more you can do with soldering.  I'm really excited!  

I also have my pickling solution all set up - which I have actually used.  For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about - a quick explanation...a picking solution is something you put your metal in after you've soldered or just applied a ton of heat to.  The metal gets awfully dirty and the pickling solution - which is acid based - cleans the metal off beautifully.  

Here are a pair of earrings made of fine silver and gold-filled wire.  The gold filled piece was actually a large oval jump ring that I just reshaped and hammered.  Then, I fused (still not confident enough to try soldering :)) a larger fine silver ring and hammered it.  At that point the gold was filthy from the heat of fusing the silver - like an uneven, dirty rusty color.  So, I dropped it in the pickle solution for just a minute (you have to be really careful with gold-filled material not to leave it in too long) and VOILA!  You can find them in my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July Jewelry of the Month

Here is a simply fantastic bracelet that I am featuring this month.  Oh, I love it.   The oxidized sterling silver and gold filled chains are just a gorgeous mix.  It's both sweet and tough at the same time.  Not too big, not too small...just perfect.

You can find it in my etsy shop and if you type in "blog" into the note to seller during your purchase throughout the month of July, I will refund the shipping!