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Topic: Hammered and Oxidized! (Well, some of them are oxidized.)  (Read 2603 times)
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« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2007 02:20:23 PM »

Freaking A those are so nice looking. thanks for this tips about ozidizing too! I am so going to by some silver wire and try this my self!
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« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2007 03:32:45 PM »

your earrings are fantastic! the whole egg-boiling method of oxidizing the metal is really interesting and pretty cool!

i know you said you used 20 gauge wire, but i'm wondering if it's just regular sterling silver wire....see, i have a problem that whenever i try to do "fun" things with wire--like using a jig or something (excluding wire wrapping, i guess) i end up bending the wire unintentionally--usually after i'm finished and trying to wear it.

i guess what i'm asking is, how strong is the wire? will the earrings get bent out of shape easily?
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« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2007 06:16:49 PM »

pretty cool! thanks for sharing  Grin
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« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2007 06:39:01 PM »

I love the earrings and thank you so much for sharing the egg oxidizing method.  That's a look I love, but the caustic chemicals always scared me off.

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« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2007 06:47:28 PM »

where do you get your materials and what tools do you use? i've been interested in learning this for a while, but have no clue where to start
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« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2007 06:50:37 PM »

nice! Looks like you're getting a handle on hammering:)  On the second pair I would hammer the areas with bends in them to work harden those points and make sure they don't misshapen with time (maybe you did this and I can't tell.)  Just a suggestion!:D
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« Reply #16 on: August 06, 2007 09:32:13 PM »

Thanks for the info on the boiled egg oxidizing method - that's too frickin' cool!  I like them very much.  I wonder, could you add a bead to wires you had already oxidized and bent?  Maybe that would be too hard, but I bet it would look awesome.
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« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2007 02:15:55 AM »

To be honest(I think its just me), it doesn't grab me. But kudos for them. Very smart to use eggs. And very messy.. heh heh..  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2007 09:19:39 AM »

oh man. Those are great. Thank you for sharing that method. I am going to try this as soon as I get home. I can't wait!
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2007 09:21:10 AM »

The wire IS surprisingly strong - it has been work hardened by the hammering. Even the bits that aren't flattened have been gently tapped more than a few times by the hammer to give the wire a bit more stability. The necklace piece I've made has a tendency to bend a bit - there is one long thin piece that is kind of vulnerable when I'm doing a lot of movement - but the earrings hold up really well to all sorts of handling.

You probably could add a bead after the fact to oxidized and hammered metal, but I'd add the bead beforehand. The egg won't hurt the bead and trying to slide a bead over the flattened bits is sometimes impossible. I've tried! *grin*

As to wear I get my materials - the silver wire came from a local jewelry supply place but you can also order it online. This stuff is half-hard (which makes me giggle every time - I am SO 12 years old) silver wire, and 19ft of it will cost about $20, depending on the price of silver. As for the rest, I just have regular jewelry pliers, a bit of scrap steel to use as an anvil, and a hammer from the tool box!

And thanks so much for the awesome comments!
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