enlarge 48KB, 640x537 1 Finally after a week of organizing, I got all my leather tools and materials in order so I can finally start on Peggys horse boot project.
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enlarge 55KB, 640x468 3 I used 1200 denier waterproofed back Cordura material scraps I had, took some pieces of my Ensolite dense foam pad-I had to glue and tape in order to get the size. it's 3/8" thick and prevents water from getting to it, and is a nice cushion for a bruised or abscessed sole.
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enlarge 53KB, 640x480 28 Putting in brass rivets for the draw string
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enlarge 72KB, 640x621 31 Inside of Mu's bag. 2 pockets
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enlarge 63KB, 633x640 33 outside pocket with heart. All suede and leather pieces.
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enlarge 66KB, 640x525 37 Front of bag. 13" x 13" with boxed corners on bottom.
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enlarge 65KB, 640x626 39 Little covered notebook. Leather from seat of German breeches and hand dyed pink chamois tie.
enlarge 60KB, 610x640 40 spine is hand sewn with waxed thread through each of the signature books. There are four signatures, (4 books) each containing 8 folded deckled (hand torn) pages 7.5" x 3.75" opened out.
enlarge 41KB, 720x433 41 Each of the signatures are hand sewn from inside to inside of leather cover and then when one is finished, the next is sewn. I made a template for the signatures and the cover out of an old heavy file folder, then measured out from the center-1/8" (two on each side of the center to create the design on the spine.)
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enlarge 41KB, 640x484 44 for Pat Rini Rohrer gallery nov 20th 2017
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enlarge 37KB, 640x480 105 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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enlarge 74KB, 640x485 109 I made the leaves out of 1943 dimes-.999 fine silver. Today I decided to add some real pearls.
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enlarge 84KB, 640x525 112 I did the same with the smaller ones to go above the larger pearls.
enlarge 75KB, 611x640 113 Here they are all finished.
enlarge 77KB, 640x518 114 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.
enlarge 76KB, 640x525 115 I stamped the back with DHT 43 *** and handmade.
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enlarge 109KB, 640x524 117 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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enlarge 33KB, 640x628 119 Sterling Silver band with Fine Silver spinner rings. Size 10 18 grams.
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enlarge 88KB, 543x640 147 Harry and me. My 64th birthday, Southern Pines, NC.
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enlarge 37KB, 640x507 174 Copper and antique venetian glass bead spinner ring on sterling wire for Megan
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enlarge 50KB, 640x470 177 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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enlarge 52KB, 467x640 179 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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enlarge 54KB, 640x427 184 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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enlarge 50KB, 640x413 186 I domed and stamped it and used hammers to create ripples and designs and then buffed it on my buffer.
enlarge 74KB, 640x608 187 After I buffed, I formed it. This is the finished product.
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enlarge 46KB, 640x559 189 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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enlarge 55KB, 640x575 191 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.
enlarge 55KB, 640x633 192 I've buffed the front but not the inside
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enlarge 61KB, 640x609 196 Here is the mark for Simpson Co. with Sterling to the right
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enlarge 88KB, 637x640 199 Hand made copper hooks for hats, and nails for keys.
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enlarge 89KB, 640x576 202 two nails I just made out of 10 gauge copper wire.
enlarge 62KB, 640x606 203 After I've heated with a torch and hammered the head, I mark my nails with 43 and ***.
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enlarge 39KB, 640x630 206 Fine Silver hammered, hand etched and formed pea pod earrings with 9mm cultured pearls for Linda Vogue.
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enlarge 60KB, 640x628 209 heart for Deb Ahrendt front 2 1/4x 2 1/4
enlarge 49KB, 523x640 210 Here are the beads I have. What do you want? Let me know.
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enlarge 55KB, 640x480 215 Ready to move downstairs for the winter!
enlarge 57KB, 640x480 216 Getting the bed put back together.
enlarge 62KB, 640x551 217 All finished. Now on to the studio.
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enlarge 73KB, 640x480 219 Sat. morning in studio
enlarge 42KB, 640x480 220 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.
enlarge 75KB, 568x640 221 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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enlarge 82KB, 640x598 223 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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enlarge 81KB, 640x551 225 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.
enlarge 77KB, 640x493 226 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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enlarge 79KB, 640x577 228 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.
enlarge 86KB, 553x640 229 Testing how it will look.
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enlarge 69KB, 640x632 231 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.
enlarge 63KB, 640x563 232 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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enlarge 71KB, 640x594 234 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.
enlarge 61KB, 575x640 235 further melting before pouring so that it goes in one pour keeping out bubbles.
enlarge 58KB, 640x421 236 I carved a channel in a fire brick with a hammer and chisel and poured in the melted sterling scrap with flux.
enlarge 79KB, 640x638 237 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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enlarge 60KB, 720x414 239 My first one which is quite heavy and thick. I love this, and have received many compliments on it, as well as the others.
enlarge 51KB, 640x455 240 My first one.
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enlarge 46KB, 640x467 242 casting pieces from scrap-August 27, 2013
enlarge 77KB, 627x640 243 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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enlarge 61KB, 640x496 260 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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enlarge 54KB, 640x640 262 2" Fine Silver fold formed cuff with Swarovski crystals.
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enlarge 46KB, 640x640 266 2" fold formed and anticlast copper bangle with rock crystal and turquoise
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enlarge 50KB, 640x465 278 Started at 9:30am 4/3/13 cut out initial
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For Melissa Hatfield, Ziaggo Sporthorses, TX
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enlarge 65KB, 640x563 298 my new necklaces, featuring my handmade clasps and bead caps.
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enlarge 51KB, 467x640 314 Fold Formed Burdock Leaf with coral, labradorite, Cultured Pearl, and Trade Bead Necklace. Hand made clasp.
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2 1/2" Fine Silver Cuff with Czech flowers, matching Fine silver ring, Fold formed Heart Earrings, and Pendant.
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enlarge 70KB, 640x536 345 2 1/2" wide Fine Silver Fold Formed cuff with vintage Swarovski Beads wired on.
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enlarge 81KB, 633x640 356 Copper Fold Formed Cuff with Swarovski Crystals, in hot pink, black diamond and tourmaline. 2" wide.
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enlarge 74KB, 546x640 374 Balanced Coverage, Brass Fold formed cuff. Love to wear this.
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enlarge 41KB, 576x393 425 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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enlarge 57KB, 640x431 447 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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enlarge 82KB, 640x501 449 Copper 6ga. twisted bangle for Sean with hammered ends and silver. Funny how it resembles a horses head. LOL
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enlarge 99KB, 619x640 468 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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