Yesterday’s blog post introduced you to the new hand held metal punches in the Metal Complex family of tools. This little pin shows you how easy it is to add square, oval and circle punches to a metal blank.
My studio is filled with the Metal Complex product line. For this small project I used Brass Oval Blanks (24 ga), bench block, hammer for letter punches, the three new plier hole punches (square, oval and circle) and some findings.
The metal alphabet I used I discovered the last time I shopped in the warehouse. It is a new one: Storybook 3mm Uppercase. I marked my metal blank and then stamped the letters with my hammer.
I applied pinotage gilders paste to my blanks to make the lettering pop.
Isn’t this alphabet gorgeous? I wanted you to see how great the lettering is! And look at the square punch!
My final steps were to add the rhinestone beads to my finished blanks. I attached them with jump rings to my gold 3 loop kilt pin.
Yesterday’s post featured a beautiful copper pendant. What I didn’t show you was the kumihimi end cords which I need to finish my necklace professionally. I only have silver and gold end cords. I never planned to make something with copper findings.
So I have a great tip to share with you! Gilder’s Paste in Foundry Bronze transformed my silver end cap into a copper colour!
Doesn’t that look so much better?
Yesterday I introduced you to the world of Metal Complex metal blanks, metal alphabet punches and tools. Here is a little sample to get you started thinking about personalizing your own metal blanks.
Metal blanks come in all shapes and sizes in the Metal Complex line. One of the first blanks I chose to work with is the 24g Brass Butterfly.
Lots of people have different tips on how to get your words or letters punched into the metal. I like to just use a charcoal pencil or marker to make some spacing dots. Others might use a a little masking tape to create a straight line. I am a pretty good at eyeballing my lettering.
In order to impress a letter (there are several alphabet punch sets to choose from) into the metal you need a chasing hammer, which does all the work. One strike with the hammer on the bench block and you get a very deep impression. I choose the sentiment: ” I Will Always Love You.”
The metal hole punch made my holes for me.
See how it punches out the perfect little disk?
Then I set about colouring my butterflies. This makes them my own. First, I added lots of colour to the letter impressions with Iris Blue Gilders Paste.
Then I covered the butterfly (being careful not to go into the blue lettering) with Inca Gold Gilders Paste.
Then a final coat of Silver Gilders Paste. Now I have a completely personalized set of butterflies. I choose to make them a grouping on a necklace. I have so many different ideas I want to try out though!
This is one of those posts that will change the way I create jewelery in the future!
It starts with Apoxie Sculpt Super white and microscope slides. (Microscope slides can be purchased in school science supplies section, on Ebay, medical supply stores etc.)
Here is my proposed pendant stack. Two microscope slides and two different paper images.
These sample pendants are my inspiration. These microscope slide pendants were soldered by the person most known for this soldering technique; Sally Jean. I have taken soldering classes with Sally Jean. I have never mastered the technique. Like any tool, a soldering iron requires practice and experimentation. I can’t use one in my home studio so in order to do any soldering I need to go to the garage. This means I am much less likely to experiment.
I have tried Faux Soldering techniques with other products. However nothing created the edge, colour or strength I wanted to protect the glass. Then along cam Apoxie Sculpt which cures rock solid! Ahhhh. Life is getting better and better! As you can see from the picture above I pressed apoxie sculpt clay in place all along the glass edges.
When The Apoxie Sculpt cured, I coloured it with Gilder’s Paste!
Ta Da! One last tip. Before the Apoxie Sculpt cured I pressed in a jump ring so that now I can use and wear my pendant immediately! This is the reverse side of the pendant you see below!
If you have been convinced to get one tin of Gilders Paste yet, let me tell you that I don’t think anyone should live without Inca Gold.
I wanted to try it on some square wood beads and an old Asian wooden bead I found in a grab bag. The dark brown bead had some white spots that I didn’t like. It looked like paint splatter.
So I applied two layers of Inca Gold.
And everything just popped and came to life!
I needed to add just a little colour to create an interesting strand. I tried different blue beads and that’s when I thought to add some Gilders Paste Patina to the big Asian bead.
My final strand is new, fresh and exotic!
Here are some new beads in a shade of silver I think is gorgeous.
It is hard to believe that they started out as this small grouping. The woven wood beads are very light and the metal filigree beads are extremely bright gold.
The wood and the filigree both received two applications of Gilders Paste. I used the German silver.
These are beads I can wear without adding any additional colours or embellishment. It is really remarkable what a little Gilders Paste can do to odd coloured components.
I wonder if you can tell which of these beads are inexpensive resin and which are wood?
I have really enjoyed working my way through this assorted bag of resin beads. I keep finding little gems to alter.
I applied several different Gilders Paste colours to these beads; Patina, Pinotage, African Gold and Violet.
I covered the beads with several layers of Inca Gold. I really liked them but felt I needed few more to create an interesting necklace.
I used the same colour palette on these wood beads. They turned out just as well as the resin beads did!
My work bench looked great.
This means that whether I choose to work with inexpensive wood or resin beads I can still create a whole new set!
The days when I can make something from odds and ends on my table are really happy ones.
I have been going through my different grab bags of irregular resin beads. The shapes are odd and it is a real challenge to see what I can do with them.
I found five of these brown beads in the one bag and used African Bronze Gilder’s Paste to make them look more exotic.
Now for the odds and ends. I made these flowers with Apoxie Sculpt at different times over the last few weeks. Whenever I had left over clay from a project I pushed it into a mold, hence these many different colours.
I covered the flowers with German Silver Gilders Paste! Now they were all the same! All I had to do was attach my clay flowers to my plastic resin beads. To do this I tried a new product called Apoxie Paste!
Apoxie Paste is from the same company that makes Apoxie Sculpt. It is a two part adhesive. The working time is so long though! Almost three hours. So you can make up a batch and use as needed. And, you can also colour it! I added some African Gold Gilders Paste to it so that my glue would not be visible once I attached the flowers.
The glue worked beautifully. It was designed to help you attach Apoxie Sculpt finished pieces to other surfaces.
A few jump rings and some finishing components helped me to complete this new bracelet!