Monday, April 30, 2012

Soldering and Fusing

I finally dug out my torch and soldering brick.  I've been wanting to make fused fine silver frames for a while and while I was at it I wanted to experiment a bit with copper and bronze.

The fine silver is for a current WIP.  I was unable to get the frame to fuse so I ended up grabbing the flux and silver solder and soldering the sucker together.  I did get the wire pieces to ball up nicely!  I was using 18g wire.  I am thinking that my little butane torch was unable to keep up with the heat sink on the soldering brick.  I have an idea to try for next time.

I was unable to get the 20g copper ring to fuse together, same problem as the 18g I think.  However I did get the 22g bronze wire ring to fuse together!  And I made some bronze 26g headpins while I was at it also.  Fun, fun fun!

And I discovered I have some gold colored solder I had purchased for soldering gold filled wire.  It was a pleasant surprise.

Friday, April 27, 2012

New Pendant

I have finally finished a new piece. Now to come up with a name for it.  I won't be listing it until after Memorial Day Weekend.  If you are interested please contact me.

This is my first piece that I've finished with my new tumbler.  I had to wait for my tax refund to purchase supplies.  ;)

I am planning on putting my shops on vacation from May 5th until after Memorial Day Weekend.  I will be busy making new goodies for the summer show season.  I have lots of sketches and tons of ideas.  Now if the rest of my gems would just hurry up and arrive!

At this point I am tempted to put aside all my older work (pre-August 2010) and start a new display with all my newer, fancier "Noveau" pieces.  I can always recycle the cabochons into newer pieces.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Annual Birthday Bash Sale!

Happy April Everyone. It's April and that means it is time for my Annual Birthday Bash Sale in my Artfire studio, Willow Walker Designs!

Throughout the month of April take 30% off your purchases in my studio by using the coupon code "B-DAY2012"! Help me make this the best sale yet!