Thursday, November 29, 2012

A happy customer!

I love hearing back from my customers.  I customized a dog talk for a lady north of me (one day for USPS to deliver!) and she sent me pictures of the tag out of the box and the tag on her dog buddy.

Here's the tag:

Well she had a picture of her dog Buddy wearing it, but it seems to have disappeared from the web.  He was a cutie!

Fusing fun for the season!

Some fun snowman earrings I made!  These were a happy accident.  I was fusing for my earring drops and kind of overfired one of the rings so it shrank a bit.  When I looked at it I thought - SNOWMAN!  And here they are!

Available for sale in my Etsy store

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fusing fun!

I'm going to do a wire fusing demo at the Urban Emporium at 98 Bottles in San Diego. To prepare for it I practiced fusing tonight. I made some figure 8's and circles with my bail making pliers, made sure all the cut edges touched, hit them with the torch and, VOILA, fused finedings! Here is a picture of the various parts of the process - from bare wire to finished earrings.
As you can see in the "after fusing" parts - one got a little too hot and the middle ring melted open.  I still like the look so I'll have to melt another one to match! 

Here's a closeup of the earrings:
The earwires were also handmade - heat up the wire until it balls at the end, form the shape, heat them in the oven to harden and run through the tumbler to get them nice and shiny.

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