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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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Hand Piercing Brass Cuff With Jewelers Saw

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Hand Piercing Brass Cuff With Jewelers Saw

This video shares a little of the behind the scenes work that goes into almost all my jewelry. Sawing. I do a lot of it. Everything I do is cut from flat sheet or wire. In this case I am making a cuff. The brass is 20 gauge. I've cut it to a 6 by 2 inch piece. I drew random organic shapes and then drilled a hole in each section that I was going to remove with the saw. I use a Green Lion saw. I really do like it a lot, the handle shape especially. Ease of loading...

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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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Tips for Guests at Art/Craft Shows

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Tips for Guests at Art/Craft Shows

We the Artists/Crafters are just asking that you be considerate of the time and effort we have to spend to be here, showing our beautiful work to the public. We want everyone to enjoy their visit and to hopefully buy from their favorite artists. We go to these events in the hopes that we at least sell enough to pay the high booth fees and maybe cover our gas and lunch for the day. We depend on those sales to buy new supplies, pay bills, buy groceries etc. We are human beings just trying to make a living like you. We have dreams we want to follow and families we want to take care of. We NEED you to come out to shows and be a part of our day. We deserve respect and consideration when you do. 

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