what i’ve been up to…

February 15, 2010 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

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.

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