Wednesday, April 24, 2013

On the Bench -work hardening wire

When making jewelry from wire especially in creating findings for closures and earwires you need to work harden the wire so it does not give when wearing. This is especially important on jumprings and your closures for as we all know your jewelry can get caught on anything pulling rings open or bending your closures opening it resulting in losing that very expensive and time consuming bracelet or necklace.
*A few steps I take are bending while working (normal designing benefit), hammering and also tumbling.

garden studio April 2013 by Stephanie Distler
Here is my wire corner of the studio showing a loverly bouquet of purchased and found with some electrician wire awaiting to be re-purposed that is hanging. This scrap you can easily find in 10 and 12 gauge while you search and find from other online sources for 'new'.  I mainly use 20, 18, 16,  14, 12 and 10 while always searching the shoppes for copper, sterling silver and brass tubing.
hammers work harden wire beautifully while adding texture and personality to the pieces.   A raw hide mallet , 8th from the bottom, is what jewelry artists use to harden without marking the metal.  These hammers are also part of the collection I use to paint texture on metal printed/stamped work.
I use Dawn dish soap, a dollop in, as you see warm water just covering the pieces being tumbled. 
drying the steel shot after tumbling some Doctor Who pendants for it will rust if let to set in the soap/water in the barrel.  

wire while wrapping becomes workhardened and is also very important on a piece such as this bracelet for the  4 customer found treasures (steel shot) design components are not beads and need to be contained securely in the wire encasing them as well as the jumprings.

16 gauge copper wire created crimp hook and swirl closures which I recently made were design hardened, hammered and tumbled for strength.

Such simple steps to keep all of your hardwork safe and in place.

enjoy, xoxo

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Getting ready for a show on Thursday to-dos :)

We're gearing up for the 2013 Feed the Arts Soup Benefit-- The best tasting way to support the arts!

Thursday April 18, 2013
4-7 pm
Sacred Heart Parish Activity Center, St. Marys

Tickets are $10/person in advance and at the door
And include unlimited tastes of the areas finest homemade soups, desserts and breads.

Tickets are on sale now! They are available for purchase in Ridgway at:
the ECCOTA Gallery and Ridgway-Elk County Chamber of Commerce
and in St. Marys at:
The Village Peddler and St. Marys Area Chamber of Commerce.

This artisan has been working on PA Wilds brand copper pendants for tomorrow as well as some other wearer friendly pieces for that active person.  These pieces will be numbered, tumbled and oxidized bringing out the artisan created bark texture and patina.  Stringing for this series will be waxed cotton cording for immediate gratification.

the glow from the morning sun...praise God we have sun this morning.. :) happy dance

Stuffing the flight bag with boxes, bags and tissue paper along with the vintage overnight bag where the money box, calculator, cards and everything else I might need at a small show.  Below a storage container houses table clothes, ott-light and other display items.  Keeping it simple this year at the benefit.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

waste not, want not...

Rearranging my studio creating a more practical work space was the objective last week.  The custom orders have been a constant here with the small work space closing in tighter and tighter.   I finally convinced the dh to put a shelf on the one side wall here clearing out inventory in the black jewelry cases, packaging, seed beads and some other 'stuff' allowing me to put the kiln, pmc tools and show tote in a space:

It was not good hitting the kiln with the outside door every time it was opened or having the precious metal clay tools scattered everywhere.

Trying to keep it all organized is interesting, hopefully the addition will come soon!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Mom's are quite Fabulous!

Mother's day is on it's way Sunday May 12th. I am taking orders for made to order Mother's/Family Pendants until April 22nd this year. A lovely coupon is also available online in my ETSY shoppe for all MOM style pendants. All you need to do is use coupon code 'FAMILYPENDANTS' @ checkout and you will get an automatic 10% off of your order.

Many styles are available for that perfect fit between Mom and design.  It is a process between client and artist to come to a point that the artist starts to bring all of the elements together connecting the dots between palette and style of the person involved making a cohesive piece. Lots of back and forth, lol.. by email, discussing in the studio or on the phone developing the work with the vision between jewelry artisan and client.  Orders need to be made and paid for by April 22nd.


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