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wontonzero
« on: September 18, 2007 01:21:20 PM »

Wow, it took me forever to take pics of my favorite earrings. I admit, these have been done for a few months...but I still love them best!



 

I made them using flat sheet 20g sterling silver and after cutting, sanding, filing, and shaping, I soldered on a sterling post. YAY!

Anyone else get into metal working?

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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2007 01:26:11 PM »

These look great! I am not a metal worker, but I wish I was.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2007 01:42:36 PM »

Those are really beautiful! I used to take a great metal working class, it was so much fun! Where do you buy your silver from? I've been wanting to work with metal at home, but I never could find where to buy supplies  Huh
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2007 01:48:05 PM »

Those are really beautiful! I used to take a great metal working class, it was so much fun! Where do you buy your silver from? I've been wanting to work with metal at home, but I never could find where to buy supplies  Huh

Thanks! I got that silver from http://www.riogrande.com. Their shipping gets a bit costy if you're making a small purchase. I am lucky enough to have a shop in my area that caters to metal workers so I can get sterling from them for a bit more if I'm in a bind.

I was too slow and missed my opportunity for the class this time around. I do have some tools at my disposal so I can make a lot of things at my home studio-I just get held up on soldering. I have no torch. Yet. Sad
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2007 03:23:03 PM »

Aw, the pictures are gone. Sad
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« Reply #5 on: September 18, 2007 07:16:47 PM »

Those are truly beautiful!
I just started a metalsmithing/jewelry class and i LOVE it! I think I've really found my 'thing'.
I definitely hope to make things this lovely someday soon.
Did it take much for you to develop your own studio/workspace?
I'm really hoping to go somewhere with it all and maybe even make a bit of a living so if you have any tips for getting started or getting to the point of making things this excellent, let me know!
Again, the earrings are beautiful. Definitely something I would wear.
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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2007 01:20:13 AM »

I am in my first semester of metalsmith/jewelry making even though I am a economics major - but I love it. I am still on my first piece and it is turning out wonky - but at least I am getting better and sawing and filing. I lucked out as my other half already has all the more serious and expensive tools in his garage and is getting me comfortable with the blowtorch already. yay Smiley

I really like your earing's! so nice and professional looking Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2007 06:36:51 AM »

Thank you for fixing the pictures. I love, love these earrings.

Someday, I hope to get into metal work too. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2007 04:00:54 PM »

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Did it take much for you to develop your own studio/workspace?
I'm really hoping to go somewhere with it all and maybe even make a bit of a living so if you have any tips for getting started or getting to the point of making things this excellent, let me know!

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Did it take much for you to develop your own studio/workspace?
I'm really hoping to go somewhere with it all and maybe even make a bit of a living so if you have any tips for getting started or getting to the point of making things this excellent, let me know!

Thanks for the compliments!

Well, it did take me awhile. I took my first metals class in H.S. (10 years ago!)  so I got tons of practice in the basics then. I learned that I was really good with detail work and loved sawing/filing/soldering. A few years ago I just started taking classes because I remembered it was something I loved doing. I found myself  getting so involved my projects that it wase hard to wait until the next class to work them so I bought myself a saw, some needle files,  and a bench pin. Obviously, to make earrings like I made you'd need access to a torch, which I don't have. But, I made the necklace in my avatar at home...all I used was a saw, bench pin, files, hammer, and my dremmel for sanding. I'm far from having my own full studio but I can definitely get by on what I have, for now! Just buy the basics first (saw, bench pin, and maybe a set of needle files, and one larger file for fast metal removal) then build up from there. 

The main tip I have for good results is FILE, FILE, FILE. Then sand and file more. IT is what makes all the difference. And try to be exact when sawing so you don't h ave as much clean up work Wink

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I am in my first semester of metalsmith/jewelry making even though I am a economics major - but I love it. I am still on my first piece and it is turning out wonky - but at least I am getting better and sawing and filing. I lucked out as my other half already has all the more serious and expensive tools in his garage and is getting me comfortable with the blowtorch already.

Everyone's first piece turns out wonky but I think you can progress really fast if you like what you're doing! I'm really jealous of that set up. Since you have someone close to you who is already into metalworking you'll be great in no time.

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