Category Archives: Oxidised

Making Lemonade – Or Not Wasting Beautiful Stones

A while ago I ordered some specially drilled semi-precious cabochons for a particular project, unfortunately they all arrived with damage around the large drilled holes.  The supplier kindly sent replacements but it kept bothering me that the original very beautiful, but damaged, stones were sitting sadly in their box. Here’s one of the labradorites.

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I thought I could rivet on a large bail to hide the damage whilst still showing off the beautiful flash (the thickness of the stone made it a bit awkward too).

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I cut 2 silver discs, rolled them to make ovals and added a spiral texture and oxidized them.

I riveted the discs together so the stone is able to swing and a silk or chain can be threaded through the top.

Not perfect but not bad for a stone that was too good for the bin and too damaged to use.

Let me know your ideas for a stone like this ?

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A Setting A Day – Day 6 – Setting Half Drilled Pearls

Half drilled pearls are great fun to use and look wonderful.  Anyone who has been on any of our workshops will know that I am very anti glue but this is one time I use it.

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Pearl Ring – I cut a silver disc and textured it with a riveting hammer  then used a doming block to bowl it then pickled the bowl.

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I then checked which wire was the best fit for the pearl and soldered a wire in the middle of the bowl and cut it down until it was the right length.

I formed the ring and soldered it onto the back of the bowl and pickled and polished the ring.

The pearl would be glued onto the wire when the ring was completely finished – I am still considering oxidizing the inside of the bowl so am holding off gluing until I have made up my mind 😉

Here are a couple more examples – Earrings I have made using half drilled pearls.

oxidized silver and pearl earrings handmade artisan hooks bowls white handmade silver and pearl earrings artisan sticks studs

Jewellery Making Workshops – This technique can be included in our Introduction to Silversmithing and Stone Setting workshops.

A Setting A Day – This week I posted a different setting technique each day –

Day 1 A Setting A Day – Day 1 – Cute Prong Set Turquoise Ring
Day 2 A Setting A Day – Day 2 – Bezel Set Ring
Day 3 A Setting A Day – Day 3 – Sweet & Simple – Pearls on Wires – Step by Step
Day 4 – A Setting A Day – Day 4 – Fabulous Tube Setting
Day 5 – A Setting A Day – Day 5 Sea GlassRings

Wonderful Week of Jewellery with Fran & Sue

We were really looking forward to Fran & Sue’s visit as their previous workshops with us had been such fun to do.  Their wish list included glass fusing, more riveting, a taster session in enameling and lot and lots more !

Here are some of the wonderful things they made

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Clicking on the photo above should take you into the album on our FaceBook page which shows each piece in all its glory !

I thought I would show you just a few of the pieces and how they were made.

Sue etched a piece of copper, circles were cut out and Sue domed them then soldered on stud backs to make these.....

Sue etched a piece of copper, circles were cut out and Sue domed them then soldered on stud backs to make these…..

Students work etched copper earrings jewellery making classes

…gorgeous earrings

texturing copper sheet with a Big Kick machine

Fran textured one of these pieces of copper and used press forming to make a heart which she riveted with felt to make this ….

artisan copper and felt heart pendant

…wonderful pendant

Salt Water Etching
Here are a couple of their etching designs and what they became (the designs were stamped then scanned and printed onto PNP paper then ironed onto copper sheet then etched using the salt water etching method

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Etched copper keyring - etching workshop jewellery making

Sue made her etched design into a really nice key ring.

Fran made hers into a lovely brooch, the liver of sulphur really brings out the detail of the etching.

Fran made hers into a lovely brooch, the liver of sulphur really brings out the detail of the etching.

Brooch back with handmade pin.

Brooch back with handmade pin.

Do visit our FB page to see more of their lovely work and our website for more information about our jewellery making holidays.

Oak Leaf Brooch – Step by Step – Day 13

Yesterday I used one of the oak leaves (see yesterdays blog) I found on my walk to texture this brooch

handmade copper oak leaf brooch

Copper & Silver brooch – 3.5 x 2cm – One of a Kind – £17  Oxidized to give it a softer glow and to bring out the detail of the leaf.

And here’s the step by step process of me making it.

step by step how to make a riveted brooch

I used my rolling mill to transfer the texture of one of the oak leaves onto a piece of copper – the other is textured with masking tape

I made the brooch using 2 pieces of copper because I wanted to stamp the back without spoiling the leaf texture on the front.

Brooch findings ready to be soldered onto the back of the brooch

Brooch findings ready to be soldered onto the back of the brooch

step by step how to make a riveted oak leaf brooch

Fine silver rivets – I taped the two pieces of copper together to keep them in place while I drilled the holes for the rivets

Tutorial = riveted brooch

Ready to be riveted

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Riveted front

and back

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From little acorns brooch

The finished back complete with tiny letter – ” from little acorns…. ”  This is after pickling (without the stainless steel pin – I’ve done that before) and polishing and oxidizing.

Come and learn how to rivet and use a rolling mill for texture on one of our jewellery making workshops – whether you are a complete beginner or want to expand on your existing skills our very small classes ensure almost one to one tuition.

October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates.  Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here  – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html

Peridot Ring, Aubrac Grass Pendant & Walnuts – Day 10

Yesterday started off so well and then got better !  It started with Choo Choo’s walk when I found 12 walnuts fallen from our neighbours walnut tree – perfect for the dormice (more later).  Then I had an idea for a pendant which came out so much better than I could have hoped and setting the peridot in the day before’s ring went  well – if only all days were like this 😉

Aubrac Grass

artisan silver autumn grass pendant one of a kind handmade autumn grasses pendant silver ooak artisan

The Aubrac is a plateau high above us, it’s very wild and unspoilt and the home of many rare orchids.  The land is used for grazing in the summer when the cattle are taken up during the Transhumance in May (a very popular festival) and this is my idea of the grass there in the Autumn.  Made with the help of my rolling mill, each pendant will be different, there a little loops soldered to the back for the chain and I’ve oxidized it to bring out the detail of the design and texture.  I’ll be making a ring soon following a similar design (due the the making process each pendant and ring will be different).  This pendant is for sale on my website just click one of the photos.  I will be running workshops next year making this pendant and ring please contact me if you would like to be on the mailing list for them.

Peridot Ring

handmade silver peridot ring

Size Q and a half – £25

handmade silver peridot ring oxidized artisanThis is the ring I was making on Thursday – a hammered band with silver balls and tube soldered on and today I tube set a rose cut 3mm peridot (rather than having a flat table this cut is domed and faceted).  It’s oxidized and can be worn on it’s own or with stacker rings – I may be adding to this range soon.

Dormice & Walnuts

If you have seen my FB page you’ll know that we have 3 dormice, orphaned and saved from the cats.  I’ve been feeding them up with acorns, hazelnuts from our own trees and blackberries and today walnuts but they are not quite heavy enough to survive hibernation so it looks like they will be staying with us until the spring – they look like mini squirrels, grey with white bellies and fluffy tails – so cute !

All 3 fast asleep together

All 3 fast asleep together

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Yesterday I did get some glass drilling done but didn’t have time to make the pieces into earrings – I will get some made today and show you tomorrow – Please drop by and see me again then.

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October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates.  Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here  – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html 

More Christmas Trees – To Oxidize or Not ? – I need your help – Day 7

I like the idea of Christmas jewellery but I want it to be nice, artisan, handmade and something you could wear all year round so here are my next design for handmade silver Christmas tree earring:-

Artisan silver christmas earrings handmade xmas tree earrings in silver

The trees were textured using a metal texture plate in my rolling mill then the  drunks were cut and soldered on and the rings at the top are jump rings flattened then soldered onto the trees.  The ear wires are one of my favorite ear wire designs – Small Tears –

Handmade silver ear wires

they go with everything and you can find them on my website by clicking the photo.

So the question is – should I leave them all nice and bright silver shiny or oxidize them which will darken them but bring up the details – I’ll be taking votes here (just add a comment) and on FaceBook and will go with the vote !

If you like these earrings why don’t you come and learn how to make your own at our Introduction to Silversmithing workshop ?

PS – Earring not on my website yet so please email me if you’d like to buy this pair.

October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates.  Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here  – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html

Day 3 Turning Copper Washers into Fab Earrings

Yesterday I wanted to turn a pair of very ordinary cheap copper washers into something special and here are the finished earrings-
handmade textured copper and silver earrings

Long, elegant and easy to wear, these earrings are available on our website – £15 just click the photo above.

They started off as very boring copper washers
Turn copper washers into fabulous handmade earrings

I put them through the rolling mill a couple of times to stretch them then put them through with a Wild Garden texture plate

Washers textured and stretched in the rolling mill

Washers textured and stretched in the rolling mill

Now comes the soldering (I chose to solder my earrings but you could just drill a hole and hand them from ear wires)

Soldering the silver ear wires onto the copper ovals

Soldering the silver ear wires onto the copper ovals

The wires are curved, bent and the ends rubbed down then the earrings were pickled and polished and finally put in liver of sulphur to bring out the details and soften the colour of the copper.

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Using a rolling mill can be included of our Introduction to Silversmithing & Fold forming & Riveting workshops – Come to France and make jewellery !

Day 4
Today I have been working on a different pair of hoop earrings (design not working at the moment so fingers crossed) and some new stamped chunky thin bars.  Visit my blog tomorrow for photos.

I’ll leave you with this – Ever have a day where you just can’t make up your mind?
handmade silver & gold decision spinner ring

handmade silver & gold spinner ring

I made this anticlastic spinner decision ring with lots of Y’s N’s Yes & No and added a chunky spinner with a 9ct gold ball, it’s been oxidized to give it an aged look and to bring out the stamping – very easy to wear and tactile – a real fidgit ring – Size O £50

October Make & Show Challenge – This month I have set myself the challenge to make something and post about it everyday – follow my blog for automatic updates.  Some of the jewellery featured is available for sale here  – http://www.lavidalerie.com/BlogJewellery.html