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Torch fired.....by wine?


About this design:

This was another happy accident. While trying out torch painting some copper, Ron had an idea to drop some red wine on the copper before torching, which resulted with a very interesting mix of colors. I then added some black patina to bring out the design and then sealed it with Vintaj glaze.
This sat in limbo for some time until I got the fireside Czech glass and red creek jasper with pyrite from LB and they went perfectly with it.

Components:

Red creek jasper w/ pyrite coins, Fireside Czech glass rondelles, and Vintaj leaf from LB. 26 gauge copper sheet, 18 & 20 gauge copper wire for homemade clasp, jump rings and leaf charm, 22 gauge Parawire and Czech glass leaf all from my stash.

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  1. Old Beaded Lady Chris
    Old Beaded Lady Chris says:

    Squirrel Girl,
    You’ve created a truly beautiful bracelet here.
    Love the red creek japser and how you incorporated the other components. Very nice.
    Love the earring too !!!

  2. Beadaholic
    Beadaholic says:

    This is stunning. I love the colors, and the torched copper is gorgeous. This piece certainly speaks Fall!

  3. Asia
    Asia says:

    Beautiful, little accidents worked for me in the past too, loving the components :D

  4. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    WOW! GORGEOUS! The design and colors are just fabulous and I’m seriously lusting after theses earrings!!

  5. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Wine?? Seriously…I cant believe that made that piece if copper so gorgeous!! WOW!!
    Perfect beads, stones, & charms for this. I especially love your little leaf charm!!

  6. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Oops! Forgot that I wanted to ask what kind of camera you use. Your pictures are so fabulously clear they make my teeth hurt. (From clenching them, while ranting “why can’t I take pictures like that?” Just so you know…)

  7. CAS
    CAS says:

    Utterly utterly stunningly gorgeous!!!!! A triple oooooohhhhh … aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh kind of piece. I adore your “homemade” clasp and little leaf drop … how hard is it to make??? Instructions how would be wonderful … it is just too perfection for words. :D

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    Ditto, ditto, ditto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Angela, I’ll let the ladies above do my talkin’ for me, as I am at a loss for words!
    LOOOOOVE IT! :-D

  9. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bracelet and earrings, Angela! Your wire work is fabulous. :D

  10. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    What a wonderful accident! The fire torching reaction, with the wine and copper are just amazing. The components you paired up with are fantastic, love the red creek pyrite coins. Your finishing touches with your own handmade findings, is the icing on the cake. What a winner!

  11. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments! I had a lot of fun torching copper that day even though most of the pieces did not come out this well. (Some pretty awful) I will have to work on perfecting it. I was inspired to try it by Fresh Baked and seeing her beautiful pieces.

    Gail, I use a Cannon Powershot SX30. I usually set the white balance adjustment for “cloudy day” and overexpose slightly, but there are always adjustments depending on the light. Believe me, for every good pic, I have 10 not so good. LOL!

    CAS, I’m working up some pics & instructions for the charms. I’ll add it here later today, hopefully.

  12. Laud
    Laud says:

    These are marvelous. Hats off to you: truly stunning pieces.

  13. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Totally fabulous, Angela – - love all the wire-wrapping you created. Just don’t know if I’d part with any of my wine for art, though ! Am eager to see your instructions – - -

  14. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Aha! Normally you would be advised against mixing alcohol and fire, but this is the exception, I think. Gorgeous results, Angela.

  15. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Laud, Crazy Beader and Fresh Baked! I know that to avoid mixing alcohol and fire is the rule of thumb but we desperate to get more color on the copper and this was the first thing handy. Haha!
    Mine just didn’t get the vibrant blues and greens yours do. How do you do it?

  16. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love the warm, rich tones of this lovely bracelet, Angela. The torching of the focal is divine!

  17. Fresh Baked
    Fresh Baked says:

    Morning, Angela! Boy, do I wish I could give some kind of A. B. C. instructions for getting the blues and greens with heat patina. I can offer some tips that I’ve learned however, if these are new to you.
    I. Clean your copper piece before treating. Either in pickle, or scrub with a water and bit of ammonia mixture. Any dirt or grease will interfer with the treatments. Rinse well and dry.
    I do this before using LOS on copper or silver too.
    2. Go very slowly. Have you noticed that the copper turns colors in a cycle?
    pinks, purply red, blue, green, even golds. Then, it will repeat a few times before turning dark grey? I try to stop the process when I see the colors I want appear, by removing the flame and cooling the piece quickly by spraying with water. I usually have a small spray bottle ready in my other hand, because the colors will keep changing even after the heat is removed.
    3. Also try ‘painting’ with the flame. I pass the flame of just a part of the piece a few times…an edge, perhaps. Then, wait a second to see what colors appear. Repeat this until you get the desired effect. Then, try the other side. I rarely torch the whole piece.
    Does any of this make sense?? Your copper piece is lovely and the wirework perfection in this bracelet! Love it.

  18. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    FABULOUS!!! And thanks to everyone for a. gushing over the design so I can say DITTO and b. all the hints!!! :) You can even use things like potato chips to color the metal–someone has a bunch of hints like that in a book with potato chips in the title. :) I SOOO need to get back home to play pyro before I need to get a job!!!

  19. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    Thank you Elis Mom and Becky!

    I really appreciate all the great tips Fresh Baked! I think part of my problem was that I only cleaned the copper with soap and water. I’ll try the ammonia mixture next time. I did use the spray bottle technique because I read that somewhere. How close should the flame be to the piece, right on it?

    Thanks again!

  20. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Well, I thought I left a comment earlier today. Sometimes I think I write the comment and forget to press on “Submit.” Anyway, you already know how much I love this bracelet and the matching earrings.

    I’m going to have to update my picture as I’m getting a haircut. My hair is very long and I’m tired of it and would like to wear it down sometimes. So Monday I’m treating myself to both a hair cut and a little color.

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