Discussion in 'Artwork: Painting, Sculpture, etc...' started by Lisa66, May 6, 2015.
Coober Pedy (Australian) opal and topaz necklace:
I saw a ring I admired on someone on a TV show I recorded......"Billions", on an actress named Maggie Shiff. She's a brilliant actor. She also played "Tara" on "Sons of Anarchy". On Billions, she is a quietly reserved but confident psychologist/professional corporate coach who is an S&M enthusiast (with her husband) in private. On the show, she wears clothing and jewelry that is often subtly suggestive of her private life. That style is one that I love. Although this piece is not suggestive of her character's private lifestyle, I just love it. I made it for someone with long fingers, like me. I'll be making one for myself, I love it so much. Sometimes the simplest pieces are the most attractive and satisfying to make.
Both stunning pieces @Lisa66 !!! The ring looks great! And I'm a total sucker for opals and textured metal.
Tonight I made some more punches out of nails to go with a tulip stamp I purchased (just the flower head). The supplier doesn't offer leaf stamps to go with it; at least ones that look like tulip leaves. I had already made the little short one and have used it many times. Crappy stamping job, but par for the course .
I’m going to have to try making some stamps! Those are great, Lisa
I like that ring! I'd even like it if it wasn't textured. But that's a nice touch.
Punches out of nails??? Do tell please. I think it looks awesome!
3" 10d common nails. Heat the working end until red hot, don't quench but allow to air cool. Form with whatever you get your hands on - but make sure to protect the jaws of jewelry pliers (if you are using them) with a few wraps of tape and check often to make sure they are still covered. You have to anneal numerous times, since they are shaped cold; I don't have tongs tiny enough to hold them while being shaped on my anvil while hot, lol.
When you're happy with the shape/image, Heat the working end to red hot and immediately quench in water to temper (harden). I use a grinder and sandpaper to finish.
Thank you!!! Always looking for tools to texture glass.
A little more progress:
@glassgrl ..... Thought of a couple other things. I cut the point of the nail off with a small hack saw before beginning to work it, depending on what I am doing. That is true of the ones above, since I was going for linear shapes and was trying to go for the most uniform, even edge before grinding.
Also, although at 3" the nails are long enough to use as a punch, they are still fairly thin to grasp in your hand. Many layers of some kind of tape help you to build up thickness wherever you like to hold a punch/stamp, plus help you grip it better.
What about using a tiny pair of vice grips?
That could work, along with a gloved hand (burns).... guessing handles would be short, too.
Copper prototype. “Garden” bracelet. Rough. Trying out stamps.
I got nothin. Completely uninspired.
Making a few Christmas items for people, and I hope they will turn out well. Will post whatever.
Been wearing old gold, including original wedding ring. Nice, but uninspiring. I'm thinking about yanking the sapphire and doing something fun with it. Not sure what to do with the diamonds; have never worked with them.
A little more progress...
Sterling silver and moonstone bracelet. Many thanks to @Lisa66 for gifting the moonstones to me
Love that circles design!! Moonstones are so yummy.
I've been crocheting lately for some reason. For a couple years it was hats, now it's market bags and this little beach weekender bag. Super happy with the way it came out with the flip-flop.
I crochet, too (Well, haven’t done much lately). Such a cute idea with the flip flop! Is that something you made up, or do you have a pattern?
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