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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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Stargazing Rabbit, Copper Art Jewelry

This piece posed one of my biggest challenges.  But my friend Beth had the solution which, simply put, was to punch two holes instead of one.  Wire wrapping dominated the project, and I wound up making two sets of these … 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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Murray’s Mill Harvest Folk Festival

This weekend, including today, Murray’s Mill is celebrating their 30th anniversary of The Harvest Folk Festival.  Clearly all that practice has paid off. The stellar weather was a plus , and there were plenty of Boyscouts directing traffic and parking, which … Continue reading

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A Country Christmas Tree

I am surrounded by antique shops.  They are everywhere in Western North Carolina, and one need only look at the tags on the cars in the parking lots to know that people come from far away to shop here.  It’s … Continue reading

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Red, White and Maryland Blue Crab Punch Needle Rug

I DID IT!  Even with all that’s going on, I managed to finish my latest rug.  This one is larger than the last, at 30 X 40 inches, but the big difference is the wool.  This was fashioned from cut … Continue reading

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Bliss Strip Cutter, Ebay, and the Waiting Game

My new project is not turning out as well as I expected.  Actually I expected difficulties, but I also expected to resolve the problems and make this the best rug I could.  I hope my enthusiasm prevails. My strips, cut … Continue reading

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Tea Dyeing and Eternity

Maybe I’m just impatient.  Well, maybe there is no maybe to it:  I am impatient. And consequently tea dyeing is not for me.  I can’t keep my hands out of it.  I keep checking the progress, and by doing so … Continue reading

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Mosaic Mirror Frame: Finishing An Old Project

A friend of mine who is all things great, (I’ll call her Cubbyholes) put up a post about a beautiful mosaic tray she made, and I fairly jumped out of my seat to find my own unfinished mosaic mirror frame. … Continue reading

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