Handmade may not be fast but it's because of the time and attention to detail we put into every single process to create a beautifully crafted item. Worth the wait. Quality over fast fashion. I'm for handmade and slow fashion because how it's made matters.
See a peek into just a little of the work that goes into hand piercing metal for jewelry. In this case earrings will be made out of the final cut pieces.
- Get metal of choice. I am using a sheet of 20 Gauge 6"X12" copper.
- Print out designs on regular printer paper.
- Trim paper designs to allow placement close together on the metal. This lets you cut out more pieces and waste less metal.
- Using Elmer's Rubber Cement, put a light coat on the metal surface, set it aside. Put a light coat of cement on the back of each paper pattern. Lay them to the side, not touching. Give it about 5 mins to get tacky and then carefully place the paper designs on the metal.
- Using whatever divot tools you prefer, a dapping tool or a nail that has been shaped smooth. Put a little divot in each of the sections that you will be removing. The little divots help the drill bit to stay in that area.
- Drill holes where each divot is. I use a drill bit that is just a bit bigger than my blade. If you are removing larger areas, you can use a bigger drill bit. It is just personal preference that I'm using the small bit even in the larger areas where a bigger drill bit would work too.
- Once each area has been drilled, you are ready to start sawing. I am using a 3/0 Laser Gold Saw Blade in a GreenLion Saw Frame.
- Watch video below to see all these steps thru to finished cut piece.
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