My First Finished Riveted Piece!

Posted by Laurel Collins , Thursday, March 10, 2011 4:30 PM

Here it is! Rivet and all!

An exciting first project. I already have a few more planned that I will have to make as soon as I can get my own jeweler's saw and the rest of the equipment. As for my next class, we are going to make a silver ring and I have to start thinking on the design for it.

Oh, here is an excellent video tutorial for riveting!

More Metalsmithing

Posted by Laurel Collins , Wednesday, March 2, 2011 4:09 PM

Well, we didn't exactly get to the riveting last night. Instead we worked on texture and annealing.

For my piece I chose to texture it using a dapping tool. I really like the speckled effect! It kind of reminds me of a starry sky.

Additionally, we learned a bit about patinas including using liver of sulfur on both bronze and copper. I already posted about my experiences using this substance, so I will just post a quick link back to my previous posts where you can find examples of copper pieces that have been patinated as well as a quick tutorial link.

I still have a bit of polishing left to do as well before the two pieces can be joined. Again, next week I should be back with a post on riveting! The next project after this is to make a silver ring and I just cannot wait to come back here with a finished piece!


Posted by Laurel Collins , Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:18 PM

I just had my first metalsmithing class yesterday! I am so excited for this one!

For the first class we learned about using the jeweler's saw to cut shapes out of sheet metal. Here are the pictures of my first shapes!

Here are some helpful instructional videos for using the jeweler's saw. In my class we started with small sheets of copper and brass at 18 gauge and size 1 saw blades from RioGrande. Also, always be sure to use eye protection! Those saw blades do break pretty easily.

Additionally, we learned how to file the metal pieces after sawing to get a smooth edge and to get rid of any sharp spots. Here is a good list of tips for filing and smoothing metal bits.

Next week we are going to learn about riveting, so I will be back then!

Behind Already!

Posted by Laurel Collins , Tuesday, February 8, 2011 9:31 PM

Argh! I can't believe I am already behind so early in the game! I am afraid first vacation and then sickness distracted me from posting here.

Ah, well. Time to play catch up!

Here was my project for Week #3! It was actually a belated Christmas present made from crackle glass, copper wire, and a lavender chalcedony drop.

This was my project for Week #4. Copper, garnet, and carnelian. It was actually a practice piece for a sterling silver pendant, but I think I actually like this one better!

Aaaaaaand Week #5! I crafted up a pair of heart earrings!

Whooo! Sorry for the project crunch! Still have to post one for this week. I don't have any more updates at the moment. I really need to finish getting together the supplies for my next tutorial project!

Week #2

Posted by Laurel Collins , Monday, January 10, 2011 9:14 PM

Here is my 2nd Project for January! A wire wrapped labradorite pendant!

Nothing to report yet on my next tutorial! I am still getting all the supplies together. Hope everyone is having a great 2011 so far!

New Year's Resolution

Posted by Laurel Collins , Tuesday, January 4, 2011 3:32 PM

I have been trying to come up with a New Year's Resolution recently that I can reasonably succeed at without failing in the first few weeks! Well, I stumbled on to FabricFascination's blog and have decided to do this same resoltion:

Challenge myself to complete at least one project every week in 2011.

It doesn't sound horribly hard, but at the same time this will also be my first full year crafting for my Etsy shop. There will definitely be more times when I will need a bit of extra motivation!

Here it is, my first project of the new year completed!

Also, I have been trying to come up with my next tutorial project and have finally found one! I am gathering the supplies now and will definitely be posting the project within the next few weeks! *sneaky sneaky*

Happy New Year!!