Tag Archives: Crafting

First Snow of the Season

This is the most snow accumulation I’ve seen in the four years I’ve lived here.   And it continues to snow off and on and will do so through the day.  They’re expecting another three inches which will cap us … Continue reading

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Christmas Jewelry Pendant Project

Copper can be either rough and tumble, bright and flashy, or both at once.  That’s what I went for in this piece…both. I chose as many metals as I had could find laying around. Most of the beads are recycled from old … Continue reading

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Annealing Copper

The copper I use is 24 gauge, and it is not-quite-dead-yet soft.  Hobby Lobby sells metal in their model kit department.  With a coupon it is reasonable, and you can get nice rods, planks, and sheets in both copper and … Continue reading

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Why Copper Jewelry?

I’ve gotten a few emails from old friends who are interested in my jewelry journey so I thought I would answer some of their questions in my posts.  What got me started making jewelry?  The short answer is:  I don’t … Continue reading

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Bee on Copper

There’s so much more to learn about this art form, and I am determined to explore as much of it as I can through the winter.  I’m sure I’ll be back in the garden come summer, but for now, staying indoors … Continue reading

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Owl Eye Jewelry

Try saying that five times real fast.  Anyhow…. I wanted to try something different.  Mary wore a stunning piece to class one day that mesmerized me.  I’m sure it’s in one of her books.  She used a disc cutter to … Continue reading

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First Sale! …sort of.

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 … Continue reading

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Two Easy Pieces: Copper Art Jewelry

  Putting a square on a square is one of the basics in making art jewelry.  And while it would sound incredibly simple, it’s not as easy as you think. There are logistics involved, and I have found that making … Continue reading

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Chicks Painting Chickadees

When I left Virginia in 2004, I left many former decorative painting students behind.  While I knew I would miss them, and the fun we had in class, I was ready to cross  over to watercolor. But the immutable fact is that I’m … Continue reading

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A Week of Bliss: Lian Quan Zhen

I schedule these classes a year in advance; you have to because they fill within days of being offered.  This past week could be considered the best art instruction I’ve ever had.  Lian Quan Zhen was at Cheap Joes, and I … Continue reading

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