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Monday, October 01, 2012

Every Leaf Speaks Bliss to Me - part one


At the end of August, I received some fabulous tools from ImpressArt, and promptly got caught up in using them.  You know how it is...a new toy, a new obsession!  I shared one of the projects that I completed right then and there (She Walks in Beauty necklace), but I've held on to the rest of them to share during Metal Month.


Fall, leaves, fall
by Emily Jane Brontë

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;
Lengthen night and shorten day;
Every leaf speaks bliss to me
Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow
Blossom where the rose should grow;
I shall sing when night's decay
Ushers in a drearier day.

Gotta love those Brontës!  I have highlighted the line that spoke to me (ha ha!), and here is part one of my tutorial, creating the pendant.  Next week, I'll share the steps for making the chain.     




Materials and Tools

Copper blank
12 Gauge wire

Torch
Ammonia fume bath
Metal stamp set from ImpressArt
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
File


1. Add a heat patina to the copper blank.  This will also soften (anneal) the metal and make it easier to roll the edges. 

2. Roll the edges and corners as you desire with the round nose pliers. 

3. Place the piece in an ammonia fume bath for several hours to add the turquoise-blue patina.

4. Use the metal stamps to add your phrase.



5. Cut a piece of 12 gauge wire and file the first end.  Using the round nose pliers, bend it into shape for a hook on one end and slip it through the top wrap of the pendant. 


6. Bend the other side, clip the end and file. 


Part one - Creating the pendant
Part two - Creating the chain


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