Monday, July 1, 2013

Mixed Media Monday - Create Copper earrings with old world charm - Spellbinders Media Mixage

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Happy Monday everyone!!

A few years ago, a dear friend, Liz Welch gave me a very special gift - two copper tiles from the rooftop of her home in Nottingham England.  They were beautifully patina'd by mother nature herself.  I treasured these tiles and have made several pieces of jewelry from them, including the earrings in this video.

These earrings are among my favorite styles to make, because they are easy to make and by accessorizing with different charms you can make a lot of copper earrings in no time.  I love how the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ line makes it so easy to mix and match shapes and textures so that the possibilities are really endless!.

Project Dimensions: Varies depending on how you assemble them.  Approximately 1” to 2”

Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
MMM-202 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Raspberry Spacer Plate
MM1-003 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Copper Sheet
MD1-003 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One
ES-005 Spellbinders® M-bossabilities™ Enchanted Embossing Folder
Hole punch
Jewelry findings (jump rings, links and earring wires)
Wire cutters
Bench block or other hard surface
Nail file
Patina solution (optional)

How to Patina:
Use in a well ventilated area according to the precautions on the ammonia packaging.  Prepare patina solution using 1 part water to 2 part ammonia.  Add kosher salt to mix.  Lay metal onto a rising form to lift above the solution.  Cover tightly.  The fumes from the ammonia will create a blue patina.  Check back often. Remove and rinse when desired effect is achieved. Blot dry.

  1. Place copper sheet inside M-bossabilities folder.  Sandwich between base plate and raspberry plate.  Pass through the Artisan X-plorer™ machine.
  2. Add to patina solution if desired – see above recipe
  3. Cut two rectangles from copper using the #2 rectangle (with #1 being the smallest) in the Rectangles One template collection . 
  4. Remove from template and file edges smooth
  5. Punch a hole in the center top of rectangle. 
  6. Insert eyelet and hammer to secure.  Repeat the previous 2 steps for remaining rectangle.
  7. Open jump ring and insert through eyelet on rectangle.  Attach link and close shut
  8. Attach earring wire to link with jump ring. 
  9. Slightly bend the rectangle backwards to give it a natural looking arch.

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1 comment:

BevinUSA said...

Hi Sweet Linda

Another beautiful creation you have made I love the earrings they are beautiful I look forward to each Monday when you do your sharing of these awesome things Thank you so much for always sharing from your heart as only you can do

Hugs xoxo Bev

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