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« on: February 03, 2008 10:26:04 PM »

(Posting spreeeeee!!! Sorry, I just don't get around to sorting out all my pictures very often... this is several weeks' worth!)

I have been having fun making rings out of 14-16 gauge wire. I don't have a mandrel but the handle of my hammer works surprisingly well! Mostly I keep the rings open so they can be sized (this is handy both for giving/selling them to other people, and also because my own fingers change a lot. I can go up or down almost a full ring size depending on temperature!).

I hammer the wire to harden it up and texture the top parts. The rings are surprisingly sturdy and I like wearing them because they do not feel heavy on my fingers.

14g bronze and 16g copper:


16g Silver:




I'll stop with the posting spree now. Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2008 10:27:28 PM »

these are fantastic, nice job!
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« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2008 10:37:27 PM »

Cool! I especially like the right-middle one in the first pic, and the very bottom one in the second. Great job!
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« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2008 10:42:17 PM »

Thanks, I think of them as being almost three-dimensional doodles. The more complicated ones in the top pic (front, and second row right) are derivatives of a "belly button ring" (as in looks like, not goes through) from a DIY website that I can no longer find... oops. You just go around the mandrel twice, then twist the ends together until they make an interesting shape, and clip the ends.
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« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2008 11:00:13 PM »

These are great....the copper doesnt discolour your skin ?
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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2008 11:03:10 PM »

I haven't had that happen, no. I have several necklaces and earrings in copper, too, and they are all fine. I think it's an individual skin chemistry thing.
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2008 04:44:59 AM »

If copper/bronze discolors your skin, try dipping it in vinegar or lemon juice for a few minutes every other night.  It keeps the tarnish down.  I get the discoloration on my hands just from working with the stuff, but this method seems to work if I wear the items for any amount of time each day.  Just don't leave them in too long!
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2008 12:57:41 PM »

Cool!  I like those geometric designs.
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2008 11:25:58 PM »

I love the bottom one in the middle picture!

Those turned out very well Smiley  great job!
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