Monday, September 26, 2016

Etched Copper Cuff Bracelet - Paisley Design

I have another etched copper project I did back in July to share with you today.

I LOVE the way this Paisley cuff bracelet turned out!

This is a 1 1/4" strip of copper sheet that's been etched with a paisley design.  

The etching process is pretty cool and uses a skill set I learned while making greeting cards if you can imagine that.  I was so excited when I learned how to etch metal, I had some of the supplies already!

In a future blog post I'll take you through the process of etching copper using pictures.  
I need to do a supply order, I used all the Ferric Chloride...

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Sandy Beaches Cold Process Soap

It was soap making day around here back in August,  my hubby's at work, the kids in school...

This is a picture of  Sandy Beaches wet soap just poured into two 3 pound silicon molds.

And, here's a photo of this same soap after it's been cut into bars and cleaned up.
It's rested on the curing rack for six weeks now.

Full cure date for this one has already arrived - September 19, 2016.
If you'd like to purchase any of this soap they are $5.50 a bar before shipping.  Leave a comment here, contact me on Facebook, or e mail me.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lavender & Chamomile Cold Process Soap

Thursdays & Fridays have been my soap making days.  I'm getting ready for Arizona swap meet season, we sell our soap and body products as well as our jewelry November - March/April in Parker, Az at the La Paz County Swap Meet on Saturdays from 8 AM - 2 PM and in Lake Havasu City at the London Bridge Swap Meet on Sundays from 8 AM - 2 PM.  Since we don't have a brick and mortar store this is a way of getting our handmade products out there and it's a great way to spend the winter weekends in Arizona!

The photo you see above is wet soap just poured into the molds.  
This is Lavender & Chamomile soap.

After leaving the soap in the molds for 24 to 48 hours it gets cut into 1" bars and goes onto the curing rack.  Next week I'll take these bars and clean them up by planing the surface and beveling the edges.  Then they go back on the curing rack because they'll need to cure for six weeks before they are ready to wrap and sell.  Soap making is a process.  

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Etched Copper Necklace - Friends to the end

Back in July I learned about etching copper.

This fun necklace is made using a disk I cut from a sheet of copper.  I actually made the etched sheet of copper first then cut the disk.  Etching a metal disk like this can eat away the metal around the edges and the outcome has been unpredictable for me.  

After cutting the disk I sanded the edges to make sure they were nice and smooth and antiqued it with Liver of Sulfur.  Then used my dapping tools to give it a domed shape.  I used another cool tool to make a hole for my handmade bail that connects the pendant to the necklace chain.  The antiqued copper mesh chain is 3mm wide and 18" long.  I also treated the pendant with ProtectaClear to preserve the patina I gave it.

A necklace similar to this one is available for sale at our store Arizona Copper Craft.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Kingman Turquoise

Last Tuesday my husband Rick & I had the opportunity to take a day trip to Kingman Arizona.  We visited Colbaugh Processing, the miners and producers of Kingman Turquoise.  I forgot to take pictures when we were there so I've borrowed a few from their website.

There were walls filled with different turquoise beads and boxes and buckets full of turquoise in different shapes sizes and colors, it was cool!

Here's a photo of one of the walls in the store (courtesy of Colbaugh Processing).

This photo also belongs to Colbaugh Processing and is from the mine at Turquoise Mountain.

Here's what we brought home with us from Colbaugh Processing, kind of pales in comparison to what we saw today, but hey, we can go back any time.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Denim Blue Dumortierite Necklace With Fancy Copper Links

I had fun making this Copper & Denim Blue Dumortierite necklace.  
I started by making fancy copper links:

For this necklace my inspiration came from Cindy Wimmer's book The Missing Link.  

I wanted to use more than one style of link so after making up several designs I decided what I'd like to use.  The next step is connecting the links with the semi precious Dumortierite gemstones.  I used a basic wrapped loop for the gemstone beads then connected them with copper jump rings.  I think the jump rings give this fancy link necklace ease of movement when its being worn.  

After putting the necklace links together it's time to tumble it to harden the copper wire.  
When that process is finished I antiqued the copper with Liver of Sulfur then polished it with fine steel wool to take off just enough tarnish to get the look I want.  

The final step in making this necklace is sealing the copper with ProtectaClear.  This is an amazing product for jewelry, it helps protect the patina you've created, preserve the finish and if your skin chemistry is the type that turns green when you wear copper ProtectaClear can help with that too. 

This necklace measures 27" & is available for sale in our store Arizona Copper Craft.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

Howlite & Copper Wire Wrap Pendant

I've been practicing my wire wrapping skills and having fun learning new techniques. This pendant is made from Howlite that has been dyed green. It's 2 /34" long from top to bottom and 1" across at its widest point. I don't have a chain for it yet, I was thinking a black braided cord might look neat or a fancy copper link chain...

like this one I found at Rings & Things? I was also thinking maybe it should be a longer necklace instead of my usual in your neckline type.
Howlite is a stone that is naturally white with a fine black matrix and is best known for imitating other semi precious gemstones.  It is quite porous in nature so it absorbs dye well.  Unfortunately for the consumer it can be sold as turquoise, red coral and/or lapis luzuli.  Honest dealers will tell you if their semi precious gemstones have been dyed or altered in any way.  
One day in the near future after I've acquired some real turquoise we'll do a fun comparison blog post. My husband Rick & I are planning a turquoise buying trip soon, we'll go to Colbaugh Processing which is the mine just outside of Kingman Arizona to do our shopping.

 My supplies from Rings & Things arrived yesterday.  I tried the chain pictured above and it looked odd to me so I went with a 3mm antiqued mesh necklace chain.