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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A semester of jewelry (lots of pics) on: December 04, 2011 03:49:03 PM
I'm back to post more of my completed projects.  I am so hooked on metalworking.


Wonder web by Wlaranew, on Flickr
This cuff is very Wonder Woman looking, I want to do another one with a spider on it. 

Earrings

Twisted by Wlaranew, on Flickr

Rings

Stamped square rings by Wlaranew, on Flickr
They read WENDIE, TO THE PAIN, and AS YOU WISH. I still need to make one that says INCONCEIVABLE


double rings by Wlaranew, on Flickr


Labradorite bezel ring by Wlaranew, on Flickr

Pendents

Beetlejuice Pendent by Wlaranew, on Flickr

Back of Beetlejuice Pendent by Wlaranew, on Flickr

Metal Bead Pendent

pendent by Wlaranew, on Flickr


pendent and earrings by Wlaranew, on Flickr
These earrings aren't finished but I wanted to get them in the picture while I still had decent light.

Techniques used in making all these include soldering, stamping/hammering, bezel wrapping, dapping and punching.  So what do you think?


2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tree Age on: October 22, 2011 10:44:01 AM
 I haven't posted anything here in a long, long while, but I finally have something I'd like to share.  I'm taking a jewelry and metalworking class at college.  I originally signed up for the class to gain experience using torches and soldering but I'm really loving the class.  So much so that I am thinking about buying a set of torches and have started buying the smaller/cheaper tools.  This is gonna get expensive...

Anyway here is my first finished piece:


Front of first piece by Wlaranew, on Flickr


Back of first piece by Wlaranew, on Flickr

The main part is copper and the outer ring is brass.  The rings are etched and the tree side is stamped using a claw hammer, and Y, V and O stamps. So in all I cut, etched, stamped, soldered, filed, polished and patina-ed this.  I'm still considereing how the bail will end up, that's why the wire hasn't been soldered and finished like the rest of the piece.  I'm so proud of this thing, I learned so much from making it.  I screwed up a whole bunch of times. In fact I had to redo the rings at least three times and I about gave up on the soldering until a more advanced student came to my aid. 

So what do you all think? 



3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Bauble help on: December 08, 2009 12:20:26 PM
Normally I stay away from baubles cuz I think mostly they are kind of garish on cloths.  I told my sister that I would make her some fingerless gloves/sleeves for Christmas and had her pick out the ones she wanted.  She picked out the Belladonna sleeves from the Anticraft book.  At first I was going to leave the baubles off completely but they looked too plain so I frogged back and only added half as many baubles and it looked okay.  No matter what I do though the purl stitch before the bauble ends up being huge and leaves a hole which means I have to pull the yarn back through several stitches to even up the tension. 

So my question is has anyone else run into this problem and if so how did you fix it, or did you?  Its a pain having to even up the stitches after every bauble.   
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