Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Bed Full of Ginge and a New Riveted Ring

This years winter has been very mild for us but some days all you want to do is curl up on the bed – here are 4 of our ginger cats battling the Aveyron winter.

Ginger Cats Asleep on the Bed

A Pile of Gingers

The great thing about the winter is that it does give me time to play – as you know I love riveting and here is my new bronze ring with a riveted stamped silver heart joining the two sides –

Riveted Bronze and Silver Ring

Riveted Bronze and Silver Ring

The texture is made using a very old hammer, it give an almost reticulated look to the surface.  I then stamped the heart onto a piece of silver and made a couple of fine silver rivets and riveted the whole thing together – This ring is now on my website £19 or in just sterling silver £30 – just click on the photo.

handmade riveted bronze and silver ring

Riveted Bronze Ring

Riveted Lampwork Bead Pendant

I ran a number of giveaways on my FaceBook page leading up to Christmas (I try and run a giveaway each month http://www.facebook.com/la.vidalerie.jewellery.making.holidays) and one morning had a wonderful surprise when I found that Lorna Johnson of https://www.etsy.com/shop/pinkbluesky had sent me a gift in reply – an assortment of her lovely lampwork beads – here is the first one I have had chance to make up

Riveted Lampwork Bead Pendant

I wanted to make something a little different so I made some silver beadcaps and a fine silver rivet and riveted the bead onto a bronze bail – it makes a super simple pendant just strung onto a natural leather thong that will go with everything.  If any other lampwork artists want to send me a bead they think would be suitable for a riveted pendant like this just let me know and I’ll feature their site.

Quick and Dirty Riveted Ring

I love riveting, it’s very satisfying, quick and I love the look. Here’s a ring I’ve just made, soldered copper band with TEMET NOSCE (know thyself in latin) stamped in tiny letters on silver and riveted onto the copper band. I decided not to pickle the copper band as I really like the colours the torch turned it.

Riveted Ring Handmade Artisan Ring

Temet Nosce – Know Thyself – Riveted Copper Ring

To Oxidise Or Not….

I love working in silver and copper and I tend to like my silver bright and shiny and my copper oxidised to make it a little more mellow than it’s colour when it’s bright and new (and I love the way it brings out the details).  Here are a couple of examples of pieces before and after oxidising, let me know what you think.Riveted Copper Brooches

Riveted Copper Brooches before oxidising

Here are a couple of brooches I made recently, the one in front has a darker base as I chose not to pickle it after soldering the pin on the back, the one at the back has a cute little ceramic bird button riveted to it (http://www.rougepetitcoeur.fr/).

Artisan copper brooches

And here they are after oxidising.

 

Handmade copper brooches backs

I thought you might like to see the backs

I wanted to make another riveted copper bangle using 2mm wire and a large heart, when I had made the heart it seemed a little large for the wire so I doubled the wire to make it a little more chunky – here it is before oxidising –

Handmade copper heart bangle

Heart Double Bangle

riveted copper heart bangle

And after oxidising