"Everyone Starts Somewhere" Blog Hop -- Entry #11
Jennifer Cameron from the Art Jewelry Elements group blog asked that we consider a jewelry-related skill and show how far we've come over a period of time. I was immediately reminded of the photography comparison I did last fall compared to photos I had taken the year before. Oh my, my cheeks are still red from embarrassment. (Do you remember? If not, good! I won't link them up to remind anyone! ha!)
And yet, I'm here now doing something similar all over again! Last year, I decided I wanted to learn to make at least one type of jewelry component myself. I thought it would be nice to say I had actually made some piece of my jewelry, and perhaps eventually be able to share what I would make with others.
I set as one of my goals for the year to explore various types of beads and components there are, see what might be a good fit for me, then give it a try. I wasn't even very hard on myself. When I first started making my own earring pieces I was suddenly prouder of my jewelry. Just a little thing, but I had made that part myself. I kept reading and exploring...
One day Melinda Orr started talking about working with metals. I started listening to every word. And before you know it, I was watching videos and buying tools and copper and brass and embossing equipment, patinas, and more. I'm loving it!
I'm still new to metal work, and want to learn so much more, but I've learned a few things since I started! For example, this was an early piece I posted in the Spring asking for help...
Look at those Razor-sharp edges! I did have the notion I should round off the pointed corners, but wasn't filing the edges properly. I had designed jewelry that could be used as weapons!
The usual helpful, in-the-know folks on the Creative Bead Chat Facebook group set me straight right away. Thank you! There have been other times like this, but enough with the stories, and on with the photos!
Early lessons: I learned to properly file the edges, and to use a grinder/buffer on larger pieces.
An etched, hammered and shaped piece for a pendant--
far from perfect, but an improvement.
I began doing more embossing and using various color techniques with the metals:
Brass earring dangles I embossed and colored with patinas.
And more playing with patinas:
Efforts to shape metals:
Bails that won't stay closed...
Bails that do stay closed...They even look better this way!
Lesson from today... Liver of Sulphur.
A new bail.
(Never dreamed it would get this dark this quickly!
It was only in the solution a moment!)
I haven't wire-wrapped this one yet, obviously.
More examples from the "dip" today:
Needs more practice.
I made them dark, I made them lighter again.
These can be on the next "when I was new" list!
Now, to see more before/after skills,
we'll return to the "Everyone Starts Somewhere" edition of the....
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Sharyl ~ Sharyl's Jewelry
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