Monday, April 8, 2013

Boot Camp!

I have really enjoyed following along with some the great ideas posted at Love My Art Jewelry in preparation for their 2nd 2013 Boot Camp -Blog Hop. And now finally, today is the big day for the official blog hop. This one is all about textured metals and I really have had some fun these past few weeks taking my hammer to various pieces of metal. Here is what I have completed so far:


Copper and Brass Rustic Earrings


The copper strips  in the earrings shown above were stamped with a washer.  I learned that masking tape works really well at holding the washers in place while hammering.


Brass and Copper Pendant

The brass pendant was stamped with washers, steel wire and a paperclip. A copper wire wrapped green glass drop was added for color. I also plan to add matching green glass beads to the chain to make the piece complete.

I have built up quite an inventory of copper and brass textures to use for later. Here is a sample of some of the other pieces I am working on...


Work in Process
My work in process includes a second pair of dangles for earrings, a brass notebook pendant, and copper and brass link for a bracelet. These are the pieces I have buffed and polished so far. There's also plenty more rough textured pieces to cut and buff later.

This was a fun project and I look forward to seeing what everyone has put together. Be sure to click on the Boot Camp logo over in the left margin and see...

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful work, Lisa. Love the works in progress, and thanks for the tip on using masking tape!

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  2. These are really beautiful designs Lisa. I used a paper clip too! Thanks for the tip about masking tape.

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  3. Your work has a great whimsical feel to it. I love how the shapes just "happen" on the metal. Very natural. Great work!

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  4. I really love your work too-this does look like fun

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  5. really beautiful work! and I love that you've done that with a washer and a paperclip! how cool!!

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  6. Great pieces! Thank you so much for participating in the Boot Camp and blog hop. I really that first pair of earrings. Your pattens have a nice softness to them.

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  7. Love the textures with the washers! I'll definitely have to try this out. I'm particularly in love with the pendant.
    What a great boot camp!
    Lynda

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  8. What great ideas! I love all of the variety!

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  9. I think masking tape is my favorite tool in my studio...great job..like the bend you are incorporating in your work too...makes it 3 dimensional..always fun!!

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  10. YUMMY! The richness of the metal is so apparent in your work!

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  11. These are so awesome!!! I love seeing where this is taking your work and exciting that you have more textured pieces for future projects!

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Thanks, I really enjoy hearing from you!