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Moonstone Spoon Pendant by metalsmitten Moonstone Spoon Pendant by metalsmitten
This used to be part of a spoon handle! :) Featuring a wee Moonstone in solid sterling silver.

More photos/for sale here: [link]
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elderarc Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice and I love the beaded wire you used for the bail! You always have the prettiest designs! <3

I haven't been in the studio, suffering from metalsmithing block lately. BUUT I did finally manage to order a mandrel set for chainmaille rings! :woohoo: and tomorrow I'm going to try, once again, to get in there and do a bezel. Gotta keep trying, eh? Oh and a supplier is sending me some product to test for them, so I'm tickled about that! I've never been asked to test out something before. :bounce:
metalsmitten Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks again! :)

don't worry about having a metalsmithing block, it happens haha. i refer to those times as being when the metals gods are not smiling upon me. sometimes, i'll be working on something, and i just have to force myself to stop and wait on it for a couple days, until their favor is again bestowed, or else i know i'll ruin it. but it always comes back :)

that's awesome about the mandrels! chainmaille is one of those things that i totally don't have the patience for, so, kudos to you hehe.

and what is this supplier product you're testing?! jealous...
elderarc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ironically, it's a copper solder. Me, the novice solderer....but all I have to do is solder some jump rings or something (which I can do easily enough) and note the color of the solder... see if it's as good as it says.

Maille was my first foray into jewelry and I've always loved it, even though my pliers slipping irritates the tar out of me! My problem has always been that I had whole sizes and the instructions always wanted like...3/32 inch or some crud like that. I am cheating a little bit and not using mandrels.

I'm going to use transfer punches that just happen to have a lot of those odd sizes, 28 different sizes and put with my whole size mandrels, I should be in good shape! I have a drill chuck for the mandrels so it'll be easier, and I didn't have to buy that expensive Pepe Tools one!

This is what I found, $10! [link] I got the idea by searching for mandrels on Etsy and a seller had these for twice the price (of course). I Googled transfer punches and found them. I had no idea what a transfer punch was! I hope to use them also to help find the center of my bead caps when I make them. :nod:
metalsmitten Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
ooooh, people have been asking for a copper solder for foreverty. if they actually figured out how to make a decent one, they'll have some happy customers. neat!

using the transfer punches is a good idea :) and who knows haha, maybe one day they'll come in handy for their intended purpose too :D good job on googling them hah, i get so annoyed with some of the non-crafters on etsy who just sell tools/supplies back to novices at outrageous markup. they're just etsy-legal resellers, except they don't even buy at wholesale prices to start with... /ramble

elderarc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I use a brass brazing wire. It blends nicely, a little silvery but not as bad as silver solder. They only sell it in 'hard' though.

I think, if paired with my hole punching thing (I have the same one you used in the quarter video)- I may have to pop the disc back into the cutter for alignment, but I hope to use the transfer punch to mark the center for bead caps. :D

I had them in my cart on E but I googled them to see what a transfer punch was actually used for, lol! Found them that way. I generally do that though. For my disc cutter I found it on E and then googled it for a much cheaper price on Amazon. :nod: There are a few discount tool places I use.

Only paid $6 for my third hand and it's got a nice heavy base to it! I love it!!! I have to say though that the tripod was a fail. It hasn't worked as well as your 'tilt' method and the 3rd hand helps so much with that!!! Maybe one day the tripod will come in handy. :D

Oh, the E seller used the photo from HF and also their exact description. I didn't know you were allowed to use their product photos? That's a copyright violation I thought! I've found bead sellers using photos from the FMG and other catalogs too....
metalsmitten Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
the real trick with copper solder i think will be matching the oxidization... 'cos copper doesn't stay shiny very long... so the solder would need to oxidize at the same rate to continue blending. tricky tricky.

i think tripods just generally fall a little short of expectation =/ if you can find a nice THIN mesh to hold up your piece, it'll work better, but the thick-gauge meshes that they tend to come with are nothing but huge heat sinks. worthless. glad the tilt trick is workin for ya!

and yes, technically, sellers on etsy are not supposed to steal the photos/descriptions of the original sites that they bought their items from. it's totally against TOS and copyright, but etsy is notorious for not actually caring about resellers, whether they're reselling supplies or actual "crafts" or whatever. =/
elderarc Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I noticed the mesh turns cherry red way before the metal is hot enough...and my metal turns black on it and when quenched it tears off in flakes! It doesn't do that as badly on solderite. yes, your tips are working! I listen to everything you tell me. :D

Yes, I noticed. I have a few fav supply stores on there but one that I use has a website (TDS Online) and the E store is just an extension of the corporate store. Like, it's not an individual. And the E prices are the same as their sale site so I like them a lot!
metalsmitten Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
yeah, the black stuff is the oxidization coming off the steel mesh. it's usually harmless unless you manage to overheat your piece at the same time, then it can actually melt into your metal and mar it. ick.

i'm totally fine with supply stores on etsy as long as they aren't price gouging, which many of them are. there's a lot of people trying to take advantage of new jewelry makers especially, knowing that novices don't know where to buy tools yet. makes me sad.

i've never heard of tds online... i'ma go google them now haha :D i always love checking out new tool stores.
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