I had a large piece of 20 gauge copper sheet, so I drew an asymetrical shape on paper and traced it on the sheet. It was an adventure cutting it out. I've only used a jeweler's saw one other time and since metal shears weren't working too well, I decided to get my saw out. Well, several blades later I had the piece cut out. Of course it was very rough and sharp on the edges, so I filed, and filed, and filed, and ended up with sanding. But, as I kept at I began to realize I was starting to get a rhythm going and it became enjoyable to watch the sharpness become smooth. Once that was done I textured the surface and punched holes along both long sides. Then I shaped it into a cuff. I should say that I have a very small wrist and so I was never able to buy cuffs that fit me. I've loved cuffs since I was a teenager and was always disappointed that I couldn't wear them. Once I was able to bead my own cuffs, I loved it. Now I'm able to shape a metal cuff to fit me! This morning I oxidized the metal and the wire for the embellishment and then gathered my tools and crystals and took them out onto our screened porch and sat in the glorious weather we're having today and started to embellish. Anyone who has followed along with me on this blog knows that embellishing anything is my favorite thing to do. The technique that Lisa shows in her book involves lacing wire along the edge of the project. In the book the project is a beautiful silver pendant. As you lace you string on a bead or crystal (I love crystals with metal!), and lace into the next hole. After a few lacings you double back and go through the wire already there. Most of the embellishment is the wire with just a few wire wrapped pieces I made and the crystals peeking out of the lacings. It was fun to see where the wire and beads ended up. The results you can see in the picture! I'm so happy with it that I had to share it! Here's another picture from a different angle.
I learned a lot about working with metal and I also learned that I need a lot more practise with a saw! I also know that I want to use this lacing technique on other metal jewelry. It's fun and has a lot of possiblities for adding beads and color to metal.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are all having a beautiful summer day like we are here in Maryland.