Monday, February 07, 2011

The Beauty of Copper and Brass

There's no doubt about the fact that I love silver - Sterling, Argentium, Fine. It's my favorite metal! There are times, though, when you just want to do something different and that's what I've been up to these past couple of weeks. Playing! Ok, I know...it's all playing...but this time I had some fun with different metals. Let me introduce you to three new pair of earrings: Copper Wraps, Riveting Copper and Gimme Some Brass (antiqued, that is). Each pair of these earrings are handmade, lightweight and totally unique.

Riveting Copper
Copper Wraps are lightly hammered and wrapped with 3 feet of Argentium Sterling silver wire. They are patinaed, polished and finished so they won't further tarnish. The earwires on each of these earrings are handmade from Argentium Sterling silver wire. These beauties are 3" long, including the earwire.

Copper Wraps
Riveting Copper earrings are also lightly hammered and wrapped with an even thinner piece of copper that has been fold formed to create the creases. Holes were then drilled and 14 gauge Fine Silver wire was balled and then riveted in place. Again, patinaed, polished and finished to avoid further tarnish. Also 3" long, including the earwire.
Gimme Some Brass

Gimme Some Brass earrings were just a lot of fun to make! They are made from antiqued brass that is riveted together with 14KY Gold Filled tube rivets. The Argentium Sterling silver loop at the bottom holds a stunning turquoise nugget that can't fall off because freshwater half-drilled pearls are fixed to the ends of the wire. These earrings are 3" long, including the earwire.

See them featured in the "New" section of our website and on Facebook!

Thursday, February 03, 2011

March Classes at Beadoholique

Cut Loose & Get Hammered
Keep an eye on the Beadoholique calendar for March (coming out in a couple of weeks) because I will be teaching three new classes that month! All three classes will be taught at the Beadoholique Bead Shop in Cypress, TX. Visit the Beadoholique site to find a map and the class calendar.

The earrings to the left are called Cut Loose & Get Hammered. In this class you will learn how to use a disc cutter, tap & die, texturing, do some wire wrapping and coiling, using basic jewelry making tools. They're a fun pair of earrings to wear and make!

Another class I'm teaching will focus on cold connections, especially rivets. There are many ways to make cold connections but rivets are one of the coolest, in my book! We will play with nail rivets, wire rivets and tube rivets. Wire wrapping and spirals will also make an entrance into this class! The sample earrings are just ideas on what you can create if you just look around to see what components are available to use.
Cold Connections Featuring Rivets

Memories Bracelet
The third class I will be teaching is a cute memory wire bangle bracelet. The main technique used in this class is coiling wire using the Coiling Gizmo (available at Beadoholique).

So keep an eye on the calendar and then sign up (by phone, via website or in person) and let's have some fun creating!