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Re: March Challenge

Post  lislarch on Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:10 pm

Lynne, does the copper still turn your skin green even if you spray it with a varnish? It used to happen to me until I sprayed all my copper jewellery with Tableau varnish spray.
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Post  Cornish on Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:50 am

Lisa that's a good tip I wil have to get some of that for my maille bracelet I wear.
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Post  Ashlynn on Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:55 am

lislarch wrote:Lynne, does the copper still turn your skin green even if you spray it with a varnish? It used to happen to me until I sprayed all my copper jewellery with Tableau varnish spray.
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Lisa, I have only ever coated the back of a ring and a pendant with clear nail varnish, works well on the pendant but wears off quickly on the ring.

Spraying a varnish sounds good so will have a look down this way for that particular brand being as its been tried and tested. I know my OH has some clear car spray lacquer (sp?) in his shed - not sure I fancy that against my skin though.
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Post  lislarch on Mon Mar 12, 2012 12:03 pm

I usually just put Renaissance wax on my copper and brass but my cousin has a problem with the greenness, so I used the spray on laquer made by Tableau and it worked so far. I think there's others you can get but that one is the one I've used. You just need to make sure you spray it from the distance it says on the can or you can get tiny bubbles on the surface of the jewellery. I usually do a couple of coats with drying time in between.
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Post  Cornish on Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:27 pm

I have been struggling to get some time to make anything with the children off sick, but I finally managed to get something made yesterday so here we are.


Bunch of Flowers by CornishDragon, on Flickr
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Post  lislarch on Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:43 pm

Aw they're so adorable Cornish, don't know how you manage those tiny little flowers.
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Post  Ashlynn on Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:39 pm

Wow - particularly like the top two. As Lisa says - how do you work so small.
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Post  Batty on Fri Mar 16, 2012 9:13 pm

Woosh Cornish there're wonderful, V. Clever that Woman. flower
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Post  Odonata on Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:10 pm

They'd look lovely on a necklace. Great beads Vic.
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Post  Cornish on Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:13 am

Thank you, I used a very fine encased stringer for the smaller flowers. Very Happy
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Post  lislarch on Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:04 am

Here's my entry, it's a flower ring I made from brass sheet and wire. I put purple enamel powder and alcohol ink in the centre and glued some gold pearls on.


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Post  Ashlynn on Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:19 am

Great ring Lisa, the enameling gives it another dimension. I like it very much.

Was the brass hard to work?

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Post  nangoose on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:26 am

They are so pretty Cornish, specially the purple one. I am such a purple person.
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Post  nangoose on Mon Mar 19, 2012 10:28 am

Nice ring Lisa. That enamel and ink is very effective in the centre.
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Post  Cornish on Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:34 am

Thanks Nan Very Happy

Lisa that is so lovely. flower
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Post  lislarch on Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:53 am

Thanks guys!
Found the brass I bit sticky with the saw compared to copper but it just takes a bit of getting used to. The biggest problem I've found with brass is when I solder it sometimes I'm overheating it and some copper appears on the surface of the brass.
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Post  lesley on Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:05 pm

Ooo, I like this thread! They're all really pretty.

Lisa, I do that all the time with brass and gilding metal. Not sure if it's inevitable or if I'm being heavy handed.
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Post  lislarch on Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:32 pm

Hehe Lesley, I wondered what it was at first and then realised that brass being an alloy has probably got copper in it D'oh!
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Post  ToBeadOrNotToBead on Tue Mar 20, 2012 4:20 am

That is just brilliant, Lisa. Great colours and so unusual.

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Post  lislarch on Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:22 pm

Thanks Pru!
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Post  Odonata on Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:30 pm

That's a brilliant design Lisa. Lovely flower and I love the splash of purple.
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Re: March Challenge

Post  BeezJewelz on Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:34 am

Hiya


Here is my entry (hoping it is not too late).... Some of the first flowers I made....



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Post  lislarch on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:39 pm

Wow Bea, that looks like a real flower inside the glass!
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Post  BeezJewelz on Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:45 pm

Thank you Lisa. :-) I love your ring, it's quite detailed.
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Post  Cornish on Sun Mar 25, 2012 1:14 am

That's is a really nice bead Bea, love it.
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