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...


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

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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!

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

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

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

  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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