The first time I bought some copper I met one of the owners who seemed moderately interested in what I was using it for. Or maybe I simply started a conversation, which I frequently do just to make for a more pleasant day. So today, when I revisited his shop to replenish my copper stash, I brought some of my finished pieces with me.
I was very surprised by his response. He thought his wife would go crazy over this type of jewelry and offered to barter copper for jewelry. I gave him his choice of what I’d brought along and he chose one of my earlier pieces (like two weeks earlier) to swap. I came home with enough copper to last me through the winter. I was thrilled, and I think he was pretty happy too.
It’s been awhile since I sold a piece of art. While most people like watercolors, few are interested in buying them, even when they’re framed. My painting classes generate some interest, but not enough to keep me motivated. Today was significant because this was the first person, besides Beth, to see my metalwork close up.
Tonight I decided to do something different. I’ve completed about 20 pieces from copper and felt the need to start chipping away at my massive collection of reclaimed jewelry pieces, stones, beads, bones, antlers, and the like. This is my first try: wood, stone, bone and copper. That’s a hand-carved bone turtle I found in the bead shop in Asheville. The rod is just copper wire I pounded until it became rock hard. This piece looks great over a black sweater.