Category Archives: Rolling Mill

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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Old Film + Copper Washers = Earrings ! Day 29 – Step by Step Earrings

Riveting, aren’t they 😉

Film8These earrings started off a couple of years ago when I went to a local vide grenier (literally translates as empty attic) a bit like a car boot sale without the cars.  Some vides are all broken Barbie dolls and action figures others very antiquey.  This one was in Estaing and included the little school selling off lots of very old school equipment.

step by step riveted earrings

Including this old film – Histoire de la Marine Francaise in the cutest box.  I had some copper washers…

...which I put through my rolling mill along with leaf skeletons for texture (the colour of the copper is due to annealing them with the torch before rolling).

…which I put through my rolling mill along with leaf skeletons for texture (the colour of the copper is due to annealing them with the torch before rolling).

I drilled holes for the rivets (the double holes on the top one were a mistake caused by rushing that I had to get over later)

I drilled holes for the rivets (the double holes on the top one were a mistake caused by rushing that I had to get over later)

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Washers ready to be riveted with handmade silver rivets – the film is trapped between the washers.

Riveting copper washers

Riveted ! The film was then cut around the edge using scalpel.

After messing up the top hole on one of the earrings I had the idea of riveting a bail to the top of the earrings to hide my mistake (always have a plan b ;-)

After messing up the top hole on one of the earrings I had the idea of riveting a bail to the top of the earrings to hide my mistake (always have a plan b 😉

The bail has a balled end ear wire threaded through it.

The bail has a balled end ear wire threaded through it.

step by step riveted earrings

The ear wires were then bent and hammered. My film was of ships but on their sides looked more like designs.

You could use negatives of past memories or colour slides – I’m itching to try this again with pieces of vintage tin boxes.  I don’t know how well the film will react to sunlight and you would of course have to be careful with them but aren’t they cute ?

Riveting is a brilliant technique to learn and can be used in lots of ways within jewellery – joining pieces together than maybe can’t be soldered, using them for decoration and texture, making bails for pendants or glass – Have a look at our riveting workshop and FaceBook page for more examples.

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 

Winter Walks & Holly Earrings – Day 9

Walking Choo Choo every morning has made me much more aware of the changes in the countryside around me.  Although the leaves are still on the trees there is a definite hint of the winter to come and I wanted to make a pair of earrings about winter walks when all the trees are just branches and twigs.

Handmade silver earrings winter walks

Winter Walks Sterling Silver OOAK – £19

Straight out of the rolling mill - I used wires to make the design and to make sure they matched

Straight out of the rolling mill – I used wires to make the design and to make sure they matched

artisan winter silver earrings

Oxidized until black then sanded to give them a sanded finish whilst keeping the darker detail then hung on handmade silver ear wires.  I will make these again but due to the making process each pair will be OOAK and different

Yesterday I also made some new Holly Leaf earrings

Christmas Holly Earrings silver handmade

Holly Hooks – £9 Handmade in Sterling Silver – They arrive in a cute aluminium tin

If you’d like to make some similar earrings have a look at my holly leaf findings – just add ear wires –

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Something for Tomorrow

This is the ring I started making yesterday

Straight after soldering

Here it is all pickled and polished

Here it is all pickled and polishedToday I’m going to oxidize it and set a rose cut peridot into the tube in the middle

Today I’m going to oxidize it and set a rose cut peridot into the tube in the middle – Join me tomorrow and see how it turns out.

Texturing using a rolling mill can be included in our Silversmithing Workshops and tube setting stones in our Bezel Setting Workshop – just contact me if you’d like a brochure

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.

handmade silver & copper earrings textured artisan

 

 

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 

Day 2 – A Flowery Copper Ring and How I Made It

Yesterday I made this really cute flowery ring
Handmade flower copper ring

One off copper ring – Size N – £15 – Click the photo above to buy

Copper ring using rolling mill

It started off as sheet copper, I punched a piece of paper with a border punch (the photo shows two different border punched pieces).

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Copper rolled through rolling mill

I annealed the copper and put it through the rolling mill with the paper cutouts

How to make a copper ring with rolled texture

Then sawed the edge of the ring following the cutout scallop edge – the other pieces I might use for earrings

Good join ready for soldering

Good join ready for soldering

Handmade copper ring

And here’s the ring after pickling and polishing – I decided to use liver of sulphur after this to bring out the detail

Today I am turning these very ordinary copper washers…make earrings out of copper washers

into fabulous earrings.  Visit tomorrows blog to see how.

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