Bead Table Wednesday is designed by Heather Powers to help share what is on our table today. Today, I am sharing some loops and connectors that I made.
I have been working with different metals and Cindy Wimmer's book The Missing Link. I would like to share some of my observations with you.
|The Missing Link by Cindy Wimmer|
I am moving slowly through the book. I have been experimenting making the same links with different metals and gauges. I have also been purchasing more tools. I am finding without adding to my tools, I am limited in the types of links.
|Blue Necklace by Bay Moon Design is available for purchase HERE |
My first efforts at working my way through the book involved making links and a connector using silver. I used 22 gauge half hard sterling silver. I found silver easy to work with and I love the look of it on my blue necklace
. I thought that I would replicate the same connector and links using brass for another necklace.
|Brass clasp and metal links|
I discovered that brass is much harder to bend than silver and copper. Yes, Cindy did mention that in her book. I probably will think twice before using brass again. I have several cuts on my hands and after the first day of working with it, my hand was really sore. I decided that I needed to limit the time each day that I worked with the brass. As with lots of repetitive motions, I find limiting daily time doing them is smart. My hand tolerated a few links each day with little pain. I am considering wearing gloves or at least being more careful to reduce the cuts!
|22 gauge copper and 22 gauge brass|
Next I moved on to copper. I purchased some solid copper wire, 22 gauge half hard to use in making a bracelet. I found it really easy to use. It bent easily. I love the look of copper.
One really useful tool that I already had is a Sharpie pen. Cindy refers to it in her book. I used it to form the shape of the links and connectors that I made. I have recently purchased a file and stepped pliers so I plan to attempt creating some new loops. So stay tuned!
I had to laugh reading about "adding tools". Right now I have a window open from a shop offering more tools for working with metal... still not clicking the buy button but knowing myself, probably will in the next days/weeks ;)ReplyDelete
In general I have to admit that I prefer using dead soft wire and just try to work harden it later.