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Thursday, April 24, 2014

'tis poison...

This is a simply stamped and etched copper metal cuff.  This is a 22 gauge copper cuff that I stamped with the poison stamp, in Staz On ink, and etched with ferric chloride acid - and it turned out beautifully.  I aged it as I always have, and finished it with steel wool and Renaissance Wax.

I curved it with bracelet pliers for a better fit, then punched holes in the side.  I added a chunky copper chain, and added  two pieces of embossed leather with eyelets and a snap for the closure.

This is thinner than some of my other cuffs; just about 1.5" wide I think, which is why there is only one snap on the leather, because I usually like to add two snaps for a closure that doesn't shift around as much.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bald is beautiful...

I love this piece.  I stamped a piece of 22 gauge brass with a skull stamp and etched it.  I then carefully cut around it with metal shears to mimic the skull shape, and finished it with antiquing patina, steel wool, and Renaissance wax.

I then punched a couple of holes in the top, and made some beaded links with turquoise beads and black skull beads on copper pins, and alternated those with twisted copper jump rings to make a beaded necklace.

I quite like how it turned out - it is just about 18.5" long in total.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rock Star...

This is a simple cuff that I made recently.  It is a brass piece that I stamped with a Rock Star stamp, and etched with ferric chloride acid, then finished with antiquing, sanding with steel wool and Renaissance wax and good old fashioned elbow grease - it does add a nice sheen then.

I quite like how it turned out.  I riveted it with copper rivets and hand made washers onto the brown leather, then curved it, before adding the eyelets, and then thick copper chain and the lobster clasp.  I like to mix copper and brass.

I quite like how it turned out, and it is made for a smaller wrist.  More copper links can be added to expand it later.  Also, I think next time, I may add a bit of glue to see if that adds some sturdiness to the attachment of the metal plaque to the leather, as well as the riveting.