Spent this morning hammering away on some sterling silver and copper textured pendants. The copper was recycled thick wire, probably 12 gauge, from the garage. Makes great earring pendants to hang pretty beads and stones from. Really tried to keep my thumb out of the way, but it’s still sore from the reverberation of the pounding on the bench block. Because the pieces start out as only one inch in length, I need to hold them pretty close to the edge of the block. And, get this…the copper seemed to heat up as I worked the metal! Anyone else ever notice this? Not super hot, where I wanted to let go…but a definite heat sensation. Probably something to do with creating energy from the hammering that travels down the wire?
Anyway the end of my thumb and hands need a rest after the pounding, filing, hole punching, more filing, oxidizing, and polishing. Everything is in the tumbler for several hours. Cannot wait to open up the tumbler tonight…one of my favorite things about metal work is seeing the final, super shiny pieces that result.
Here’s a peek at some other things I’ve made this week…
Vibrant green faceted glass rounds on thick knotted Irish waxed linen cord, with a suede leather strap closure.
And a remake of a necklace I made for the Pearls challenge.
Not fully happy with my pearl stringing, perhaps too much space between each pearl?
I think the visual impact of the close spacing
of these gorgeous freshwater coin pearls is much better.
The necklace also sits up much higher on the neck which I like for this one.
Lastly, there’s still time if you wanted to throw your name into the hat
for the etched copper earrings. Entries close on this Tuesday night.
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Hope your weekend is shaping up to be a great one !