Category Archives: Metal

MD28 The Columbus Chain

For today’s project, I picked up something I had started long ago and left sitting on my bench. This particular chain has several names, but my favorite is the Columbus chain. In this story, someone figured out how to make … Continue reading

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MD27 The Bracelet is Done

Is there such a thing as a normal day anymore? Today certainly was not. But I did finish the double-loop-in-loop chain and turn it into a bracelet by adding a clasp. Once this type of chain is woven, it must … Continue reading

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MD26 Moss Agate Earrings

Today kind of went sideways. I got my bench vise bolted down this evening, but I’m too tired to tackle my chain tonight. I want to be fresh for that, so tomorrow. Instead, for today’s project, I made another set … Continue reading

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MD25 More Double-Loop-in-loop

You might have noticed a gap since my last post – we were out of town for the holiday weekend. Never fear, I’m still committed to my 100 Days of Metal so I pick up again at day 25. Today … Continue reading

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MD24 Whoops!

I accidentally started making a new chain today. It wasn’t what I had planned to do…. I cut & fused more fine silver links this morning, and that was going to be my project for the day. Then this afternoon … Continue reading

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MD23 Blink and You Miss It

When fusing fine silver links, the trickiest part is moving the torch away at the exact right instant. Too soon, and your link doesn’t become a circle. Too late, and it’s ruined. Once the red line appears, you can’t blink … Continue reading

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MD22 Fusing Fine Silver

After yesterday’s debacle, it was a relief to find that fusing fine silver links came back just like riding a bike. Note: The rest of this post is a technical description of the fusing process. Feel free to skip down … Continue reading

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MD21 The Scrap Heap

My latest project turned out to be not at all what I wanted, so it went to the scrap heap. *Sigh* I know this is fine, and I’m trying not to be discouraged. But I am really not feeling particularly … Continue reading

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MD20 Hydrogen Peroxide & Vinegar

Today was a long, busy day. But I remembered that a mixture of hydrogen peroxide & vinegar will remove the copper from soldered brass. So I mixed some of that up & put yesterday’s piece in to soak – it … Continue reading

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MD19 Sweat Soldering

Today I proceeded with the parts I was playing with yesterday. Still not entirely sure how it will end up, but I started by sweat soldering the circle of etched brass to the the circle of silver. This is done … Continue reading

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