So over the past month or so, I haven't really made much to sell. I've made some pieces for Znet Shows, but that's about it for jewelry. I've made a few lampwork beads, but haven't managed to even eke out a full set!
Here's what I have been up to. I bought a huge spool of copper wire so I could make my own headpins. And I tried to enamel them:
And, a bunch of enamel flaked off...that wasn't supposed to happen!
Then I find out that headpins are a pain to enamel, because they tend to flake. So I feel better, and have done my research to fix that problem.
Next, a wonderful friend of mine took time out of his busy schedule to teach me how to use a jewelry saw. I had already heard from others that I could expect to break blades, curse a lot, and basically, swear off cutting my own metal forever.
Well, he is a great teacher, because he was able to advise me of the pitfalls and correct my technique so that I was able to practice without breaking my blade once. Yes, I am impressed with myself. I still need to practice my straight lines, because I want them perfect, but I think I've got the curves down nicely.
|Aluminum triangle and copper shapes|
|Big, beautiful beads!|
Next on the agenda? Etching! My plan is to etch some copper, and then use my new sawing skills to make some funky earrings. Someday, maybe I'll settle on one thing...but not today!