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Hope

About this design:

One thing is for sure photographing metal isn't easy. I made this cuff a few days ago. I save all my sterling silver scrap and then I melt it directly onto copper sheet, fusing it. Some people refer to it as "reticulating silver" however it is different than fusing. Simply put, I don't get the copper that hot, you have to get it to melting point. Copper has a higher heat tolerance than silver.

Anyway, this is copper sheet with some of my scrap silver. I figured everyone needed a "hope" reminder thus the stamping. Then I beat it up with my hammer and then riveted it to the leather bracelet. The leather bracelet is a simple one I purchased at Hobby Lobby. One of the very few times where I didn't make every inch of a design.

Some places on the metal actually show where the wire melted into the copper showing just how hot I got the copper that it too began to melt. Going to make more of these and other items similar to this.


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  1. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Wow Khristen, this sounds like quite a process. I don’t know the first thing about metal work. I’ve thought of trying but ultimately there are only so many hours in the day, and you can’t do everything. Now that you describe the process, I think I will leave this kind of work to the experts, which is you.

  2. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Some of what I said disappeared for some reason. But yes, we can all use the HOPE message right about now. Thanks for reminding us.

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Wow! How clever and so different than the same old same old.

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    Fresh Baked says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous bracelet today. Hope is always a needful message. Love hearing about your process for creating such a piece. Stay well.

  5. Moogie
    Moogie says:

    Wowzer! This is so super cool! I really love the silver & copper melded together. Then bang it up & attach to leather. That’s my kinda daydream! Like K Ralston said, there’s only so much time in the day. But I want to do so many things…
    Hope everyone is staying tucked into their home & making lots of jewelry. I’m having an earring making marathon right now. :)

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  6. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    So cool!

  7. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I love the effect of your technique! The blending of the two metal colors is very cool. The cuff is great. I’ve gathered many tools, supplies, etc to start some metal working–but as someone mentioned, time is my biggest enemy. I can’t wait to see what more you venture out to do in this aspect of jewelry making. :)

  8. kye
    kye says:

    You do the most interesting work. This is a fascinating process and you’ve made a beautiful bracelet. Thank you so much for showing us a new technique and hopeful message.

  9. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Love the look of the melded metals. Great idea attaching it to the leather. How does the clasp work?

  10. Beauty Sought Khristin
    Beauty Sought Khristin says:

    Thank you! Torch work is fun. There are so many different jewelry techniques I want to try! It seems like I should have time now, but I have 2 young kids, 8 and 11 and they are doing remote learning for the rest of the school year, until the end of May, so all that time I thought I’d have to do jewelry work just isn’t there.

  11. pearlsandme aka Monica
    pearlsandme aka Monica says:

    Great work, and a very professional finish! :-)
    You have used less silver than me, when I’ve tried it, and it seems to work better that way.

    Know what you mean with the remote learning — we’re all four working from home here, and my boy just bagged my jewelry-making desk, ’cause he liked the chair… so much for my starting up again…

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