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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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Etsy Metal Charm Swap 14 – step by step how I made my charms

Etsy Metal Charm Swap 14 – step by step how I made my charms

We’ve Gone Batty! Twice a year Etsy Metal, which I have been a member for quite a few years now, has a charm swap. This is my 7th charm swap since joining this amazing group of metal smiths from all over the world. The way the swap works is that 20 members sign up and all volunteer to make 22 charms each. When the charms are complete they send all 22 of the finished charms to whoever volunteers to collect and sort them. That person sends one of each charm back to each member who participated so we get 20 different charms back, one from each person who participated,  while the 2 extra charms go to the Etsy Metal team shop. 1 gets sold as a charm and the other is put on a charm bracelet with all the other charms and the bracelet is then sold. The money from the sale of the bracelet is then donated to different childrens art organizations all over the world. Here are the charms I made for the most recent swap (I went with a Halloween theme since it is October) and a short photo version of how I made them…..

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Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge (Season 13 Episode 6)

Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge (Season 13 Episode 6)

I missed a few weeks of this Etsy Metal Project Runway Jewelry Challenge because I have been so busy but I couldn’t skip week 6. The challenge was right up my alley plus I already had these earrings in the works!

The Project Runway challenge: Inspired by the new trend in nontraditional wedding dresses worn by rock stars on their big day, the designers must wow the judges with their own version of an unconventional wedding dress.
The Etsy Metal Translation: This week let’s use the same parameters of Project Runway’s challenge and also use inspiration from rock-n-roll weddings to create a unconventional wedding piece for a non-traditional wedding!

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I made these earrings from white copper clay, turquoise beads and sterling silver to go with this necklace….

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but they work great for this challenge too! To read more about the challenge and to see what other Etsy Metal members made check out the Etsy Metal blog post!

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Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge (Season 13 Episode 2)

Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge (Season 13 Episode 2)

We are now in the second week of the Etsy Metal Project Runway Jewelry Challenge for Season 13.  For week 2 was the “unconventional challenge”  which means we had to make jewelry from non- jewelry items. You can read all the details here:
http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/2014/08/etsymetal-jewelry-challenge-project_8.html

I made a bracelet out of duct tape and electrical wire left over from some home renovations. Both were items used in making the dresses in the winning collection. I made a rose bracelet to go with my favorite dress from that collection…. and I went with a rose because of my rose collection in my metal jewelry.

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The next episode airs tonight (week 4) and I am still working on an idea for week 3! Nothing like last minute!

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Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge (Season 13 Episode 1)

Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge (Season 13 Episode 1)

Etsy Metal Project Runway Jewelry Challenge for Season 13 has begun! To learn more about the challenge and read why I made what I made and to also see what everyone else has made who is participating in this challenge click the link!
http://etsymetal.blogspot.com/2014/08/etsymetal-jewelry-challenge-project.html

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