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It’s been a while….

It’s been a while….

It’s been a while since I have posted here but that doesn’t mean I don’t have anything to say…. Check out my facebook and instagram pages as well as my Etsy Shop to see all the new things I have been working on!

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Etsy Metal Charm Swap 15

Etsy Metal Charm Swap 15

Every 6 months Etsy Metal holds a charm swap. Members sign up and everyone creates a charm to swap with each other. Everyone participating also makes 2 extra charms. One to be sold in the team shop as a charm and the other to be turned into a charm bracelet which is also sold in the shop but the proceeds go to a childrens art organization chosen by the members. This post is to show you the progression of my charms and how they were made….

Step 1: I have made molds from some carved stones that I would like to make into metal clay charms. I’m not sure what kind metal clay I will be using as of yet. They will be either made from copper clay, white copper clay or bronze clay…or maybe all of the above!

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Step 2: I have used CopprClay to make little skulls from the molds I made last week. For those of you who know anything about pottery they are in the “greenware” state at the moment. Which means they have not been put in the kiln and are still soft enough to work like clay. I still have to let them dry a little more, clean them up and fire them in the kiln before they will become metal.

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Step 3: I buried the the little skulls in a pan filled with carbon. I put the pan into the kiln and fired the pieces for 2 hours. When they are done they look like this:

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CS154Step 5: After they are oxidized. I put them in the tumbler to polish them and then they are ready to go! I have this little charm on chain for sale in my Etsy Shop…. I can’t wait to see what everyone else has made for this swap!

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

It’s been a while since I have posted so I have lots to say today! I am starting off the new year with a new Jewelry Challenge…an earring a day for 365 days. Yes that is correct. 1 earring a day. They will be listed in my Etsy shop and sold as single earrings. Other members of Etsy Metal as well as non members will be doing the same thing. You can buy them as single earrings or mix and match them with other earrings listed in my shop or other participants shops. What a great way to support artists as well as make yourself a great asymmetrical earring set! Everyone participating will post updates on the 2015 one earring a day facebook page so keep checking to see what has been made! I am hoping to get started today later or tomorrow with the photos…..

I also have added lots of new work (and lots sale items…up to 60% off) to my Etsy shop…. Out with old, in with the new! I have lots of new ideas for new work this year and need to clean out my studio in order to make the new pieces so its a win, win for everyone!

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My second Etsy Shop!

My second Etsy Shop!
Announcing the opening of MG Supply! 

I have just opened my second Etsy shop! Now along with my handcrafted jewelry, I will be selling tools and supplies as well. MG Supply is the perfect shop for students as well as other jewelry artists to find new and vintage stones, beads, findings, gently used and new tools and more! I am slowly adding items to this shop so please check back often to see what’s new! You can check it out here!