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copper guitar pick

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fresh from the bench - small cross with peridot

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dainty cross charm with Peridot I love peridots , they are with sapphires and garnets one of my favorite stones . The vibrant green always reminds me of spring and nature and fresh mowed grass . drew on some 18 gauge sterling sheet I used a template made from plastic as I am not so good in drawing straight lines especially if it is so tiny . There are tons of templates out there , sometimes I make my own template out of 20 gauge brass . there is another small pendant i will make later on . cut out...

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my project for the day

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project for the day flower ring with ruby - time to completion 1 hour 30 minutes made entirely by hand :) drew some flowers cut out with saw formed the flowers cut out a piece from flat wire and bend it to make the ring shank joining the ends together adding solder to the flowers so they can be joined this is after soldering and welding everything together cleaned it up and added a bit of patina added the stone I love metal :) www.nicilaskin.etsy.com

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follow your dreams

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sterling silver guitar ring following my dreams was scary and still is . 4 years ago I had to quit my job as a well paid nurse ( injured my back on the job - did not get workers comb ) The only thing I had was my hobby - metal smithing. 4 years later I am my own boss now and make what I love , even though the ups and down of selling your own creations or following your dream is scary as shit and sometimes you don't know how to pay rent its still somehow worth it...

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heart bracelet

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anticlastic bronze cuff with copper hearts cut a 1 1/4 or 1 1/2 inch wide strip from 20 gauge bronze cut lots and lots of hearts from copper I have a heart cutter from swanstrom , flux the back of your hearts and add solder I use hard wire solder for that heat the hearts until the solder melts and then flux the bronze strip and solder the hearts to it quench in water form your bracelet Now I realize that not everybody has a metal press with the anticlastic / synclastic former ,so you can make the bracelet normal...

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