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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!

Comments

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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