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1" sterling silver disk, sawn from wedding silver of my parents, married at my mothers home in North Sydney, NS, Canada, August 15, 1929.  Handsawn and over engraved with the initial 'R', and makers mark on reverse.  Sterling silver bail, and box chain.

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back

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I made the leaves out of 1943 dimes-.999 fine silver.  Today I decided to add some real pearls.

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I balled the ends of the fine silver wire to keep the pearls on, and marked the cut/bend.

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I did the same with the smaller ones to go above the larger pearls.

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Here they are all finished.

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I started out by cutting, annealing, and rolling 30 pieces of brass.  Some Yellow, some Rose, and roll printed the lake from a map.  I had to cut out the inside of 30 pieces of paper so it would show the lake.

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I stamped the back with DHT 43 *** and handmade.

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I stamped the front with MLC 2015 and placed a star where the Island in the middle of the lake.

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I put them in vinegar/salt pickle for 3 hours and brushed them with a brass brush and washing up liquid, rinsed and dried them on top of the AGA.

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After buffing them, and cleaning them with a linen rag, I put on the jump rings and the key ring.

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Sterling Silver band with Fine Silver spinner rings.  Size 10  18 grams.

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SYC initials

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Stamped with Z. X, O's and crosses.

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stamped DHT43*** and Sterling, HandMade

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Brass 'Both Sides of the Mountain' cuff for Sylvia.

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Added her initials.

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Harry and me.  My 64th birthday, Southern Pines, NC.

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Copper and antique venetian glass bead spinner ring on sterling wire for Megan

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soldering the other end of the wire I had to cover the bead with rock wool so that it would not shatter and then let it completely cool for 30 minutes

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Starting with  a 1" wide 15gauge copper section from a 6' 19th century steam pipe from a heating company in VA, I sawed through it.

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This shows the gauge of the pipe.

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I cleaned up the edges and heated it again.

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I heated it and hammered it flat.

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I rolled the annealed blank through my rolling machine with a piece of lace.  You only have one chance to roll it through, or you risk having the design muddled and confusing.

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The piece is now 18gauge.

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I domed and stamped it and used hammers to create ripples and designs and then buffed it on my buffer.

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After I buffed, I formed it.  This is the finished product.

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Showing stamping around domes.

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This is a 9" serving fork by SIMPSON, HALL, MILLER & CO - Wallingford, CT
Organized by Samuel Simpson in 1866. Part of International Silver Company in 1898.  I've had this for many years, and loved the nouveau workmanship on it.


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back

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After cutting off the tines, and shaping the flatter part into the shape of a tulip for spring, I annealed it many times, to get the right shape for my right wrist, and where it would lay.

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I've buffed the front but not the inside

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Now I've buffed outside and inside

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Here is the mark for Simpson Co. with Sterling to the right

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Hand made copper hooks for hats, and nails for keys.

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two nails I just made out of 10 gauge copper wire.

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After I've heated with a torch and hammered the head, I mark my nails with 43 and ***.

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Fine Silver hammered, hand etched and formed pea pod earrings with 9mm cultured pearls for Linda Vogue.

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heart for Deb Ahrendt front 2 1/4x 2 1/4

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Here are the beads I have.  What do you want?  Let me know.

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Ready to move downstairs for the winter!

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Getting the bed put back together.

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All finished.  Now on to the studio.

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Sat. morning in studio

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Still not sure where everything will go, but I found a great site that Connie Fox from San Diego had on Pinterest that was what I was looking for.  We use many of the same tools so this was great.

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The beams stacked.  I've fiddled with these for 3 days now trying to figure out how to keep them stabilized, where to put the vise and forming stake, finally, thanks to Connie Fox's studio photos, I have a plan-okay I have said-IHAP for months now, maybe today I can get this done before I have to leave for work at noon.

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Two tables on West wall.

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Sewing repairing for horse blankets and leather repairs have to share this space.  I'd really like to have the entire studio in my dining room, because of the great light, but I sleep in there in the winter to save on heat.  Maybe someday.

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Before the second table was put in.

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I took the old sawhorses out of the annex barn and brought them over to the back porch.  I want to make another bench to hold my 12" guillotine shear, and my drill press.  I have to chisel off the top of the center 2x6.  The wide boards are on the right-18" and 19" wide by 1" thick.

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Starting the chiseling.  I found that using my trusty circular saw and going along the top would be a bit faster to chisel.

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Then I used my old Stanley hand plane to level as much as I can.

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All finished, but the legs are all different lengths.  I measured and wrote on the legs and in my notebook so I made sure I had the correct angle and then cut the taller ones down so both sawhorses were the same height.

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Testing how it will look.

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In studio before leveling legs

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I drilled holes all along the bottom board about 3" apart, and then marked them on the sawhorse so that I could drill the top board holes and alternate the nails.  I used square cut masonry nails.

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I tested 3 drill bits different sizes, to see which one would be best for the square cut nails which would hold tightly but not split the wood.  All of them are in, and they look fabulous to me.  They hold super tight, are flush, and since I have about 10 lbs. of them, I don't have to buy any for a long time.

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I melted the cleaned sterling scraps in a crucible with flux until melted.  The scraps were from my mother's damaged 1920s candlesticks, you can see the base to the right.

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further melting before pouring so that it goes in one pour keeping out bubbles.

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I carved a channel in a fire brick with a hammer and chisel and poured in the melted sterling scrap with flux.

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After getting the four billets out of each pour-they were approximately 1 1/2" x 3/4" w x 1/2" thick.  I hammered to flatten on my anvil, then annealed them with the torch and rolled through two times, then annealed again, and rolled two more times until I got them the thickness I wanted.

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After filing all edges and sanding before forming.

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My first one which is quite heavy and thick.  I love this, and have received many compliments on it, as well as the others.

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My first one.

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casting pieces from scrap-August 27, 2013

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Sterling footed cigarette dish-belonging to my father.  This was 4" long and 6 1/2" around.  I was pretty amazed that I could make a cuff out of something this small.  The disk at the bottom is 1 5/8" diameter and 5 1/2" circumference.

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Sterling mark on dish

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mark

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cut off tab and part of top

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cut off base with 'G'

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inside

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initial filing

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heating for feet

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made buttons out of feet.

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inside after filing, sanding and buffing

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outside after filing sanding and buffing

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After forming cuff

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side

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front

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"WOW!"
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embossing

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AAT  Andrew A. Taylor mark with Cartier underneath.  Silver plated copper engraving plate for my parents wedding announcement.
August 15, 1929


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2" Fine Silver fold formed cuff with Swarovski crystals.

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2" NuGold brass cuff fold formed

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2" fold formed and anticlast copper bangle with rock crystal and turquoise

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Started at 9:30am 4/3/13 cut out initial

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taped cutout covered with brass sheet ready to roll out initial.

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buffed initial with compound and heated with torch to get shades on the copper.

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Filed all edges with two grades of files, then used 4 different grits of fine sanding until totally smooth.  Shaped on anvil.

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After final buffing and shaping before washing

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Cleaned up and ready to pack up to mail.

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Top-stamped inside with year and my marks.

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Ready to ship!  10:45am.  Print card, label, wrap, make box, take to mailbox.  11:15am.

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copper handles for pantry cupboards

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Fine Silver and Cultured Pearl Peas in a Pod Earrings.

For Melissa Hatfield, Ziaggo Sporthorses, TX


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1 1/2" from top of earwire.  All pieces hand formed and made.

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Finished bead cap attached to one end.

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Close up.

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my new necklaces, featuring my handmade clasps and bead caps.

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This is just one side of the necklace.

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Bead cap formed and polished.

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Underside of bead cap.

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Showing where it will go so it covers the know of the silk thread.

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Another photo of the cap and strands of one side of the necklace.

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Fold Formed Burdock Leaf with coral, labradorite, Cultured Pearl, and Trade Bead Necklace.  Hand made clasp.

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Set for Erin Buffaline Mechanicsville NY

2 1/2" Fine Silver Cuff with Czech flowers, matching Fine silver ring, Fold formed Heart Earrings, and Pendant.


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hanging

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Back.  The color on the heart you see is reflection of the ceiling beams.

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After sawing out heart pendant (3" x 3") and earrings (1 1/2" x 1 1/2"), filing, sanding.

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After drilling holes for bails, and flowers, and hammering in ruffles.

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Back of pendant with stamps.

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Back of earrings with L and R so they are put on correct ears.

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Very dimensional, and will lay perfectly.

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test piece for Erin in Copper.  Not the metal or colors of flowers I'm going to use, but just to let you see what the form/design is.  Piece is 2 1/4" x 2 1/4". heart with twisted silver bail pendant.

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2 1/2" wide Fine Silver Fold Formed cuff with vintage Swarovski Beads wired on.

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from top.

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Copper Fold Formed Cuff with Swarovski Crystals, in hot pink, black diamond and tourmaline.  2" wide.

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Test cuff.

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Barrette for Mary Ann Wilson.

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Full Copper Fold Formed Bangle with Turquoise and Rock Crystal with Sterling ends.

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Balanced Coverage, Brass Fold formed cuff.  Love to wear this.

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Brass Fold formed Cuff with Garnet bicones, Peridot RS bicones, and rough rock crystal.

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Citrine, Sterling cage, Brass ring.

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Shane's Christmas cuff

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Sean's Christmas Cuff

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Erin's ring blank

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"How about this ring for Me..."
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3" x 2" copper fold formed leaves, and 12mm labrodite stone.

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backs of leaves

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Cuff from Gayla.  Lovely but a bit big-haha  The opening was about 3", so I knew it was going to have to be reformed.

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side view

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other side view.

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As you can see, this would work for a man but not most women.  It would have been about 9" or so.

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Finished cuff, formed to fit, and filed, sanded and buffed to 1500 grit, finished with Fabuluster.
"OMG,OMG,OMG Dinah this is ..."
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"I love this so much!"
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after pickling this is what I had.
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I formed it to fit.
"great deconstruction expla..."
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This is about half way through the sanding, about 800 grit.

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It's getting better.

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Lines are starting to disappear.

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After micro papers about 1500.

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After polishing by hand with rubber grit stick

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Notice all the residue.  I washed in hot water and liquid soap with a battery powered toothbrush to remove the residue.

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Here are photos after it was cleaned up and I buffed it with Fabuluster and my buffing wheel.

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Unfinished ring on the side is going to be an open top box ring (these are made with an inner and outer ring with two sides, all soldered. I still have to hand saw the inside disk out, saw off the outside bottom plate, add the top plate, saw that off, add the stones, weave and solder the wire through weaving it so that the stones don't fall out.   This one will be an open top, with loose stones, and a sterling wire woven top.

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first side soldered on and inner and outer plate hand sawn off.  Then I placed it on the other plate, soldered and sawed it, drilled holes, and finished it before setting amber and wire.

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all finished.  Took lots of hand filing to smooth out all the edges.

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wire is soldered on one end inside, then pushed through one hole, through the bead, with a half knot and pushed down through the other side.

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on my little netsuke.

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Folded in half, brass heart for pendant.

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Before final buffing

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Final finished before bail.

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back.

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Sterling Silver Gallery Bezel set Agate on Sterling Silver 1 1/4" wide cuff.

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3 strands of 8gauge Sterling, Silver caps soldered on ends after twisting.  Preliminary finish.  Needs more.  3/8" diameter, 50 grams weight.

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Copper 6ga. twisted bangle for Sean with hammered ends and silver.  Funny how it resembles a horses head.  LOL

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2 3/8" long from top of ear wire, 1/2" at widest point, 3/8" deep, 4 dangling green cultured pearls.

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side view

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Deep red agate on hammered cuff-Name?
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top

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mark

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Agate copper cuff, flame in the window.

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top

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brass, template, copper, tissue.  Template needs to be reversed.  The color printed logo, after it gets cut out, needs to face the brass, then the template, then the copper, then the tissue, taped together and then rolled.

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After turning copper over you can see the logo is facing the right direction.

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This is before sanding and buffing.  I'm using this as a test, but also as one of the wind chime clappers for Shane's windchimes.

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before buffing back

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before buffing front

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first form-this has been annealed 12 times because metal hardens and is unable to be worked without it.

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Front of first forming

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