The time between running workshops is great for catching up.
I had promised to make these for Trudi, a great lampwork artist (you can see her work in her Etsy store Glitteringprize).
I draw the designs free hand then photograph them and transfer the images to the computer so I can print them on to special paper (PNP paper) in reverse (this has to be done on a laser printer or photo copier using toner). The image is transfered onto the copper using a hot iron. I use the salt water etching method to etch the design into the copper – I like the rustic effect this etching has. The bars are then filed, sanded, polished and liver of sulphured (to give them this lovely soft aged look).
These are bracelet bars and can be used with beads, silk (simply thread the silk through the holes and wrap around your wrist), chain etc to make a bracelet.
Etched copper toggle clasp
Or with just one hole and a jump ring (have a look at the Carpe Diem one in the front of the first photo)
At the moment the designs are:-
Carpe Diem (2 designs)
Faith (2 designs)
They will eventually make their way onto my website but please contact me if you would like one sooner. Due to the making process each one will be unique.
Bracelet Bars – £7
Toggle Clasps – £8
Pendants – £7