Sharing Some Love

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How is this for sharing some love? LOL  Or should I get "pun-y" and say, my passion has been ignited? :)

Seriously though, what I wanted to say about the photo above is that in my wildest dreams  never would I had thought a simple box of wooden matches would become part of my "tools of the trade." And they are. I use them to light my torch. I can not use a lighter as apparently the butane in a lighter does not play well with MapPro gas. 

And maybe Mr. Shabby has some concerns too because I just noticed what he installed in my studio when I wasn't looking...

Fired alarm

So I thought I would share some of my recent finished enameled pieces that I listed over at Shabby Cottage Adorned

Enamel solder bracelet bar 4

I love, love, love the way this enamel and solder bracelet turned out. I am working at creating more. Each one will be different because of the process. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes I reach epic fail. :)

Long blue enamel earrings 4

Then there are these long enamel earrings I love. The enameling was the easy part, getting the solder to behave was a whole other story. I think I may have figured out how to get around the issues I experienced.

Asymmetrical earrings 1

These asymmetrical earrings were just plain fun. I took copper wire and simply started  to loosely wrap it, then took it to the torch and enamel. The striped beads are some lamp-work beads I purchased. The headpins I balled wire and then enamelled.

Blue enamel cross 3

It's a little hard to see but this enamel cross bracelet has a darker color one one side of the cross. I was playing with layering color. I've been wanting to make a cross bracelet so I decided to enamel a  copper cross shape I had  in my stash. I love the rosary style beads chain mixed with the larger pearl bead chain. The clasp is sterling silver that I hand forge for my bracelets. 

Ok...one more then I'll stop... :)

Seagreenenamelandrosenecklace5

I love this because at first I thought this green enamel pendant was a fail. It was supposed to be a bracelet bar.  Halfway through firing I had a mishap because the copper got so hot that I accidentally lost the curve I needed for the bracelet ( my bad!). I love this because I realized I could save it and create a pendant. What I like to term a happy accident. 

So now I've shared enough love with you I shall say adieu. I hope you all have a lovely week. My bff Liz is coming up the mountain Friday and we are both looking forward to our girl time.

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo

 




2 Responses

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thank you Vickie!! :)

Vickie
Vickie

May 12, 2018

Haha, you don’t have to stop, I love looking at what you’ve created, put as many as you like! They are all amazing, but the first bracelet is so beautiful, the enameled piece is just gorgeous AND those beautiful links!

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes only...to offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.