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Hand Piercing Metal Earrings

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Hand Piercing Metal Earrings

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.

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How I Make Copper Candy Canes

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How I Make Copper Candy Canes

How I make copper candy canes. Tools used: Anvil, large ball peen hammer chisel file ruler vise bending jig 6 gauge copper wire 6 inches long.   These are available for purchase in the online shop. Can be personalized with a name.  

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Sandcasting A Ring

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Sandcasting A Ring

I used the stainless steel ring on the left to sandcast a copy in sterling silver. You can see how rouch and textured the band is from the sand. From there I use files and abrasive wheels on my dremel to smooth the surface. I love playing with different objects in the sandcasting. Just to see what patterns do well or don't do well. I've cast acorns, rings, twigs, and ingots using this process. I got my sandcasting kit from Craig Dabler on Etsy. Great casting tools and patterns for sale in his shop. He also has a great group...

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From Reality To Silver - An Acorn's Story

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From Reality To Silver - An Acorn's Story

An acorn from our Granddaddy Oak tree in our yard here in Louisiana. The ground is always covered with them every year. I used Craig Dabler's sandcasting kit to cast this one in sterling silver. I save all my scraps of silver from different projects and use them to cast things like this. So no metal goes to waste in my shop. Every bit is saved to use in casting new items. Recycling is Beautiful.

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How I Left Etsy Behind and Built My Customer Base.

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How I Left Etsy Behind and Built My Customer Base.

I just wanted to share how moving from Etsy helped me. Don't be afraid of change. It is sometimes the start of an amazing adventure. I left Etsy in 2013 due to them closing my shop down with no warning and wanting me to give detailed descriptions and photos on a ring I had made. Now it took me years to learn the skills I needed to make that ring and it was original. I had never seen anything like it anywhere. I refused to share that information with them. There were already stories being shared about artists' work being copied overseas and even in the USA and I didn't want to show anyone else how I made that specific item. So I closed my Etsy shop and walked away. Created my own website.

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