Thursday, February 2, 2012

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane….it’s starting to look like a Bracelet

This is part three of my jewelry making series.  I began a class at the beginning of the year at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center.  It’s a beginning jewelry/metalsmithing class.  We started with a two inch by 4 inch piece of metal (I chose to work with nickel) that will eventually become a linked bracelet.  My homework for the week was to come up with a design

I’m a little new to design, so I was having a hard time deciding what shape to come up with.  After playing around on Etsy, I decided to do a bird/chick like link design.  I drew it out on tracing paper and then transferred the design to my metal piece.  Since my links are a little larger, I was only able to fit four chick designs onto the metal.  Luckily, I have small wrists and I think four will be enough. 

After deciding on the design and tracing it out, the next step is to cut out your design with the tiniest little saw blade ever!  I spent three straight hours sawing and sanding.  It was awful!!  As my sawing technique was somewhat awkward (I broke 5 saw blades in a 20 minute period!), I went home with very sore hands.  I don’t know what arthritis feels like, but I imagine it feels a lot like what my hands felt like that night.  I came home and told hubby – “not sure if this class is for me, it was REALLY hard and not very fun tonight!”   That’s what classes are for though – to see what we like and what we don’t like, right?  Anyway, I went straight to bed, my hands ached!

I got up the next morning and looked at my little chick metal cut-outs. I reconsidered. It was hard work, but they look so cute and it is something I can be proud of. When I wear this soon to be bracelet, I can look at it and just know how much work went into making it.


Here's the design process:

Inspiration and then tracing onto the metal piece….

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Cutting and filing…….really achy hands! 
 
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I should finish the piece tonight – can’t wait to see what the final linked bracelet looks like!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Oh my goodness...VERY IMPRESSIVE!!! I'm writing this on my list of things to try!!! You go girl!!! Thanks for your sweet note earlier, made my day!!!

XO, Aimee

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