Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Steampunk New Cuff and Puffy Metal Hearts

The Dry season is winter time down South and we get allot of visitors during the Dry...the days are long and warm and the nights coolish...well not as hot as the Wet season. My Mum has just been for a visit and today I met up with Sam Marshall who makes gorgeous twisted wire jewellery pieces. Sam is only in Darwin for a few days from Kununurra in WA. I've known Sam from on line and imagined she was a lovely person from our e-mails. This morning we finally got to meet and she is just gorgeous. As we were in a coffee shop we couldn't stay chatting too long but we are hoping to meet tomorrow or next day here for a metal play day. I'm sssoo hoping Sam can find the time. Last night I made a cuff for Sam. I hope she liked it :o)



I visited another new friend yesterday who is a jeweller and she showed me how to puff metal!! SSSoo excited to now know how to do this and I can't thank Lisa Kapon enough for showing me.. The list of must have equipment is getting ever so long LOL...just need the finances to catch up. We made puffy hearts. I want to cut these out and steam punk them. They had to be annealed several times and after several hours I was willing lighting the gas and annealing away! (I'm scared of gas...this lighting of gas torches business is a BIG thing for me to do LOL). The fire scale build up was rather attractive but I decided to use a relatively safe vinegar and salt pickle to get that off and the hearts are so shiny now...they await my next attack!!
Here they are after annealing...


and after pickling with salt and vinegar


I shall show you what they become and hope to visit Lisa again soon and make some more. Soon Gail Hart will be up for a visit too from Tasmania. So I have got all my lampwork glass stuff out ready for some play with Gail too. I love the Dry and my visitors and I love creating!!
hugs
Annette In Oz

5 comments:

stregata said...

Wonderful cuff, Annette and I am so impressed with the puffy hearts!

Lauren said...

Lovely cuff, I like the gears placed on top of the etchings. It's interesting watching you learn new techniques! The puffed hearts look great.

Samantha Marshall said...

Annette thank you so much for my beautiful cuff-it is STUNNING!!!! I loved meeting you and I really want to thank you so much for being so generous with your time and for sharing your techniques with me:) xxx

BurningRubber said...

I know what you mean about using a torch. I will only use one at the store where I take my lessons. She usually uses a small torch but she also has one with tanks which terifies the daylights out of me. I'd really like one for anealing soldering and balling wire. Maybe after I have used one alot more I will get comfortable using at least the small one. I too have a huge list. My latest purchase was a Swanstrom disc cutter. I love it. I think it is my favorite tool.

Northern Territory Papermaker said...

Looks great Annette! The Dry Season has been busy for visitors in our home too! Hoping to get some items together for you soon to work on. Cheers from Veronica in Bees Creek xo

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