I try to blog only when in the mood, but like all things – I find that it’s easier if I keep with it, and I haven’t, have I!
So, here’s a little something for Scraphappy
These little triangle chandeliers are made from scraps of chain (I buy it by the metre, and always have odd pieces left over at the end of my purchase because everyone likes a different length necklace / bracelet), odd pieces of silver sheet from my scrap box and occasionally new sheet for the large, backings – although I have rolled my own sheet for some of them. These triangles were the voids left between the shapes I sawed out for these Bladerunner inspired earrings.
All my wire and sheet has also already been recycled before I buy it, so these are double scrappy 🙂
First I select my scrap, then I anneal (to make it soft enough to work)
Draw on a triangle and saw it. Repeat, with two different sizes, to get two pairs
Then I stamp a texture onto the small pieces
File and sand the edges of the small pieces
Pickle all 4 pieces (to ensure they are clean enough for the solder to flow evenly)
Sweat solder the reverse of the tiny bits
Flip them over and place on top of the larger ones, taking care to position them perfectly
Quench, pickle, dry, file and sand to ensure I have a matching pair and that they won’t open a vein if brushing a neck ! If lots of filing, anneal (taking care not to remelt the solder)
Mark for the hanging holes
Drill / punch holes
More sanding to remove burr
NB If adding patination, I like to do so prior to tumbling, and then I polish back and apply Renaissance Wax as a protection. This jar is the sodium bicarbonate I use to neutralise the liver of sulphur
Add the chain with teensy jumprings
Add the earwires (from the stock I made earlier)
Complete – wear with enjoyment
ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join in on the 15th of each month? Either email Kate at the address on her Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join.
Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).
Kate (who runs it!), Gun, Titti, Heléne, Eva, Sue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan, Karen, Moira, Sandra, Linda, Chris, Nancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Johanna, Joanne, Jon, Hayley, Dawn (me!), Gwen and Connie
See you again, same time next month!