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Silk Hankies – Working Smarter, Not Harder

Back in 2015, when I was a new spinner, I tackled some beautiful silk hankies. They are nothing like “regular” fiber. The basic technique is to peel off one (very) thin hanky, poke a hole in the middle, and draft … Continue reading

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More Fun With Copper

These are both copper. The round piece was torched, high oxygen, then soaked in hot vinegar. The other piece was previously etched with ferric chloride, then lightly salted & subjected to ammonia fumes to produce the blue patina.

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Fooling Around with Copper

I’m working with copper a lot these days. It’s beautiful in its own right and has really interesting properties. Today, for example, I worked on the components for a pair of earrings. I’ve been reading up on ways to put … 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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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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