Showing posts with label what is on your jewelers bench wednesday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label what is on your jewelers bench wednesday. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

PMC work will do 

It has been a bit since putting out original work.  LIFE takes hold and does just that holds you back from exploring new techniques and designs. You don't want any of that nonsense to keep you in a place of stasis but, yes it is all a part of IT.
Making way for those bursts of creativity on the bench ebbed and flowed.  Through out the last 10 years money has been spent as the thoughts of designs kept coming.  Believe it our not this is how I work, obsessed with a technique I exhaust it from researching to obtaining tools and materials.
I feel it coming together in my brain, honestly :)  Now that movement in the studio is possible with more room the kiln purchased a few years back is SCREAMING at me.  So here is some of the precious metal clay cache of tools and material.  Let's begin.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today in the studio I have taken the bench shear to 18 gauge copper sheet metal to cut strips for bangles.  Love the Pepe bench shear with the time saved by not sawing or using a cumbersome set of hand shears to cut one after the other.  The edges are beautifully finished with only needing a good hammer polish to take off a slight burr.
1.forming in the press 2.texturing on the stump bench 3. formed bangles and strips ready to be formed 4. close-up of texture
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Thea's birthday strip March 15th

Thursday, January 15, 2015

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Well, yes, 'TIS not Wednesday , but I was really excited about the new techniques being used at SDAJ this new year and yesterday was a bear.  With the additions of some new equipment such as a hydraulic press, rolling mill and coping saw making this jeweler's life tons easier, the ideas and pieces are rolling off the bench like butter.
These photos were shot just before dark which always brings in a blue cast so hard to edit the way I want but, here they are in all their blueness.

Stump bench with new saw pierced tree pendants, press formed extra wide bangle and branch examples
Good quality tools, honest to Pete, make all the difference in the studio and on your body.  You will never regret paying a bit more for them, one of those things you should not scrimp on.  If you can't get the best tools, get the best you can afford at the time.
sawing station with Knew Concepts jeweler's coping saw and placement of flexshafts
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.
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New found tip for the week
This day, while punching out 4 sizes of copper discs, I had a notebook on the bench with an eraser floating there also.  While punching nothing was moved off the bench top on this day, after the first punch hardly any marks were left on the sheet of copper.  Hoot, hoot it was a super day in the studio!
Usually I saw or cut strips off of the large metal sheets to not get indents when hammering, which is a b**** just to let you know, lol.  Sometimes being lazy pays off.  
I am sure all of us would love a bench shear or guillotine shear for this purpose, am I right. 

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Not oxidized as of yet or even tumbled.  I am in LOVE! More about the designing in a future post.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Ta Brant, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Wilds Artisan Trail, in SDAJ today to pick-up a custom order off MY bench

20 branded items to be handed out among 'artisan trail' stakeholders throughout the Holiday season
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Recent forged bracelets with artisan closures HERE to see a past material and tool list
Very simple in design, using 4 different hammers, tube riveting techniques and 10 gauge wire for the hooked closure.  Brushed satin finish on all.  Bracelets including other components and artisan beads are available too coming soon to Cameron County Artisan Center in Emporium and at ECCOTA in Ridgway for the Holidays.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Christmas 2014

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today hammering tubing into flat lengths, sawing separate tubing into rivets, dapping and then finally peening into place sliced tubing on the ends of the pieces.  All this to create components for bracelets and necklaces.  Debating on whether or not to put attribute words or deliciously placed symbols on some like I have been.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or other social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Inspiration everywhere for Wednesday


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Printing out an order, on the center stump bench, for 5 two sided aluminum cuffs and also adding rivets to the ends of hammered copper tubing components for bracelets.


http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/ 
Group Description
Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up.

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Inspiration everywhere!
www.stephaniedistler.com

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday, well on mine is a commission for author and activist John Schlimm!!


On today’s bench is a commission piece for author and activist John Schlimm. The 1-inch cuff will bear the words “embrace compassion,” which is a personal mantra for John and the title of the popular and inspiring speech he delivers across the country, including his recent keynote address on Capitol Hill.

John is the international award-winning author of such books as Stand Up!: 75 Young Activists Who Rock the World, And How You Can, Too!, The Cheesy Vegan, Grilling Vegan Style, The Tipsy Vegan, and his forthcoming cookbook, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour. Also a Harvard-trained educator and artist, John collaborated closely with me to create the simple and poignant design for this special cuff, which will also include several “prana birds” that I have used in my other pieces and which are also particular favorites of John’s.

typeset of mantra, initials, symbol and maker's mark/brand
Taking the time to set up a typeset is truly a necessary step when metalprinting.  This step saves time and keeps you on task while stamping.

this is the side against the wrist where embrace is stamped out  in the center with a typewriter font 
Tools used will include assorted stamps, sharpie, ruler, brass hammer, bench block, chasing   hammer, bracelet bending pliers, steel bristle brush and polishing cloth.


just finished forming the cuff and just before polishing

Specifics of piece:

-1" wide, 6" long to be sized in studio when finished
-small typewriter font
-top 'compassion' center
-against wrist 'embrace' center
-no blackening with any printing or stamping
-7 small birds near opening right edge organically placed topside
-John's initials JES II  in uppercase typewriter font near the opening underside against wrist
-artist SDAJ mark and PA Wild's brand underside
-satin finish

Created from 1100 pure 14 gauge aluminum (food grade, hypoallergenic, tarnish free) so, the wearer never has to worry about a reaction to the piece.  1100 aluminum has a lower chance of skin reaction than sterling silver!
an organic gathering of 'prana birds', John so loves, as well as part of his mantra 'embrace' printed inside center of cuff

you see here, top center, the partial mantra 'compassion'  with also the view-able then SDAJ mark as well as the PA Wilds branding left and right inside of cuff with John's initials
~For more information about John's books and appearances, and to follow him on social media, please visit www.JohnSchlimm.com.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

Yesterday on the bench was spent punching holes in charms, sanding away the burr from the disc cutter/punch and then hammering some texture into each.  Now today will be branding each disc for then building more mixed media bracelets and necklaces.
my essential component making tool choices are:  Wubber plier assortment, Xuron cutters, wrap and tap pliers, bale making pliers, metal Power Punch, Ott light and assorted hammers.

recently cleaned up antique and vintage hammers were used on texturing

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

Today for What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday I started to punch out more 18 gauge copper blanks for branding, tags, attribute charms and pendants.  Each will be hammer textured and stamped so the imperfections just add to the over all desired effect.
A Pepetool disc cutter along with a 2-lb brass hammer to punch each disc out.  The brass is softer than steel and you have less chance of chipping or totally destroying your punches. www.riogrande.com  now carries Swanstrom square, rectangle, oval and heart shapes.  Eventually a hydraulic press is going to find it's way to the studio.

makes me smile :)

Thursday, November 07, 2013

What is on your jeweler's bench Wednesday

flickr group What is on your jeweler's bench Wedneday
Yesterday for What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday I was working on the small table I use for assembly under the Ott light putting together bracelets from which I made, prepped and oxidized a head of time.  This makes the experience so much simpler..a good podcast and infused tea at the ready and I am good to go.  After assembly hit the pieces with wet/dry sandpaper and then a wire brush, ready for delivery to a trail stop near you :)

enjoy!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

What is on your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday




http://www.flickr.com/groups/wednesdayonthebench/
Today on the bench, typeset and tools readied for upcoming Doctor Who textured and printed copper pendants.
tips/tricks:
I find an old polishing cloth works best to cushion a steel anvil more so than those rubber blocks. When using a rubber block during metal printing you don't get a good dead blow surface which causes the hammer and stamp to bounce for an unclear or double image.




Group Description

Every Wednesday or a Wednesday that you happen to remember post to your blog or another social networking venue that you frequent, a photo of what is on it for that day and link back to this group.
You might want to describe what you are making or not it is up to you :) Just call it 'What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday' and you are good to go.
This group will be a collection of those photos which we all need and love for I am hungry for all the eye candy I can gather up. 
pizza baked in a cast iron skillet last night for supper...  HINT : don't use a pizza cutter while still in pan...grrrrr My poor perfectly seasoned 'ERIE' Griswold skillet :(

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

Today on the bench is what I cut, hammered and textured, filed, printed and wrapped this morning. These copper components were then put in to tumble for a few hours with a squirt of Dawn dishsoap, warm water to cover and steel shot.
The tumbling works beautifully for polishing, smoothing out rough edges and work hardening the metal, in this case copper.
What parts you see through the bubbles are going to be made into stone and chain bracelets, MOM pendants, earrings and neckpieces.  Some of these will be antiqued using liver of sulphur while others left to patina naturally into coppers lovely multi layered verdigris. 
I can't wait to start!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

What is on Your Jeweler's Bench Wednesday

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on the bench with tiered copper and stone necklaces

Putting together the tiered necklaces and simple scarf necklaces with cutting out jumprings, rosary wrapping and finding making.  

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