Category Archives: Art

MD14 Foxtail Bracelet is Done

Today I finished the Foxtail chain bracelet. Did the last part of the chain, soldered on the clasp, soaked it in hot vinegar to remove all the black from the annealing, & put it in the tumbler for a couple … Continue reading

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MD13 My New Toy

Today most of my “metal” time today was spent on my new toy, a rolling mill. This model is made by Celtic Dreams, and is affordable for someone like me. It arrived covered in protective grease, which needed to be … Continue reading

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MD12 The Foxtail Continues

Now that I know 4.5mm is the perfect size for my chain, I made several more feet of wire into links today. I was also able to spend some time weaving more of the chain itself. This one goes pretty … Continue reading

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MD11 The .5 Millimeter Difference

As I continued with the Foxtail chain I’ve been working on, I wasn’t very happy with it. The links were just tight enough in the pattern that there was very little flexibility in the resulting chain. So today I took … Continue reading

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MD10 Finishing the Pendant

Today went pretty much sideways from what I expected, including my “official” planned jewelry project. I’ll probably work on my chain some more here in a little while, but I decided to go ahead and finish the pendant I started … Continue reading

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MD9 Chain Time

My new saw blade for my Jump Ringer came yesterday afternoon, so today’s project was to cut the coils of wire I made the other day. It took about 2 minutes. I love that tool. The links look dark in … Continue reading

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MD8 Finishing the Cheaters

As it turns out, I was able to crimp these beads in place with a tool I have here in our new house, so I have finished the earrings I started yesterday. I didn’t want to tumble them to strengthen … Continue reading

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MD7 Feels Like Cheating…

After just a week of getting back into working at my bench, it already feels like cheating to make something that doesn’t directly require a torch or a power tool. But my commitment is to do SOMETHING at my bench … Continue reading

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MD6 Better Bezels

Today was better. I was able to fix the one bezel from yesterday even though it has a slight curve where I filed the seam smooth, and I set that stone. That’s today’s picture. I started completely over with the … Continue reading

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MD5 One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Practice makes better. This is why commitment is important. Today I attempted to solder the bezels for my stones to the backs that form the piece. I knew this could be a challenge, because there are a lot of things … Continue reading

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