Posts Tagged patina

Craft Pimp Feb 2014 challenge: found natural material wearable art

This was another recycled/found and no-spend challenge.

“Using only found natural materials such as feathers, leaves, fir cones, twigs, whatever you can find in nature, make a wearable piece of art, such as a brooch, necklace, earrings, hair band, embellished hat, tiara etc.”

The thread for this Craft Pimp February 2014 challenge is here.

I have a small collection of beach pebbles I picked up at Brighton, so decided to use three of those. They’re a dark grey-brown-green and still quite glossy. I picked out a longer one for a pendant and two of roughly the same size for earrings. I used copper wire to wrap them securely, then patinated them with liver of sulphur until they were really black. I tumbled them to bring the copper back up to gunmetal, and hand-polished the top surfaces back some more.

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The earwires are my niobium ones, which go well with antiqued copper. I hung the pendant on brown Greek leather cord.

We had to include a picture of it being worn, which is a bit tricky to photograph one’s self! So excuse the blurriness.

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52 earrings: #51 Aged Spirals

Only one more pair to go! Patinated copper and lampwork glass this time.

#51 Aged Spirals

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I got out the heftier copper wire and made a pair of hammered spirals with two of my lampwork glass beads on them. The beads have a mix of green frit on a misty translucent background. I made big rounded earwires, put them in liver of sulphur to patinate until black, then tumbled them for a bit for a gunmetal finish before giving the surfaces a quick going-over with a sanding sponge to bring back a little copper.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 50 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #47 Red Berries

I used another pair of my lampwork headpins for these earrings.

#47 Red Berries

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My headpins are the round red base of the earrings, on stainless steel which has a dark patina from the heat. I left them dark rather than polishing them up and put the fritty red and white beads on them before wrapping the rest of the wire into a loop. I made the round earwires in sterling silver with little red Czech glass beads wrapped on. I patinated the silver with liver of sulphur and then tumbled it to give the shiny antique silver finish here.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 46 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #36 Harvest

For these earrings, I used a pair of my lampwork headpins to make the entire earring.

#36 Harvest

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These headpins were small golden brown leaf shapes on stainless steel. I added a pair of green Indian agate rondelles and some little lampwork cylinders with silver leaf melted in to them, gave the headpin a little spiral loop to secure the beads and formed the tail into a big rounded loop for the earwire. I left the stainless steel heat patinated from the kiln as it went better with the warm colours that way. (I could have given it a quick rub with micromesh to polish it back up). My stainless steel wire is 0.71mm so a little thinner than my usual 0.8mm earwires.

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52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 35 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #32 Snaketrails

This pair have been sitting about waiting for me to first LOS them and then tumble them, but here we are!

#32 Snaketrails

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I hammered the copper rings for texture and wire-wrapped a pair of my lampwork beads – these two were a go at olive tiger beads. They’ve got little hollow copper beads on the dangles alongside the lampwork. I made the earwires and put everything together, then used liver of sulphur to give a full black patina, then put them in the tumbler to polish them back up to something more like a warm gunmetal/dark bronze.

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 31 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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52 earrings: #15 Earth’s-Blood

#15 Earth’s-Blood

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I flame patinated the copper discs to a dull bronze, then gave them a hammered texture and polished them partly back up. I left my ball-ended headpins and earwires with the dark shiny red they had after heating, just polishing up the straight section a bit. I dangled poppy jasper cubes in the centre of the discs and wire-wrapped little matte leopardskin jasper rounds into my connection. I originally had a jumpring there instead, but this looks much better.

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(By the way, the intended emphasis of earth’s-blood is a bit like heart’s-ease. Less fraught than earth’s BLOOD).

52 little things links
Craft Pimp Week 14 thread
• Linda of Earthshine Lampwork Bead and Jewellery Design: http://www.earth-shine.co.uk/
• Sue of BlueBoxStudio: http://www.blue-box-studio.blogspot.co.uk
• Jolene of Kitzbitz Art Glass: http://kitzbitzartglass.blogspot.co.uk

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