what i’ve been up to…
tiny little headpins handmade by yours truly in the new outdoor studio space that i have taken over in the garage. soon i will commandeer all that i can see for crafts! mwah-hah-hah-hah-hah!
these little works of art will appear in jewelry as the anchor for beads in earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. i use a lot of headpins in my work; they’re especially great because they dangle, providing movement to pieces.
to make them, i cut and polish sterling silver wire; flux the pieces to prevent firescale (a black crust that can form when metal is heated); and heat them with my handy-dandy butane micro-torch. woohoo! fire! then the pieces have to be pickled–sorry, no coriander–in a highly acidic solution to remove all the toxic flux. i polish each little headpin to a high shine. finally, they are ready to appear in something fabulous.
i like headpins that have a little ball on the end (top left and in action, below), but in playing around with my bench block and hammer, i also created the paddle-type headpins (bottom, far right). i like the hand-hewn feel of these, and i imagine you’ll see them soon in one of my creations.