How's it going out there??? Did you go shopping for any of those Black Friday Deals??? I did. YEP! I scored! LOL! I went to Staples for some blank DVD-R's. Hey! With maybe 6 people in the store ... I was in and out in less than 5 minutes and I saved ... ready for it??? $100!!! I spent a whopping $44!!! SWEET!!! Thank you Staples. I hope you got in on at least one great buy and it was this fast and easy.
I have been slow to get more goodies on Etsy. I picked up a small tub of crystal chandelier pieces to put on there and I remembered some earrings that I loved the bead caps on. This is my version of what I saw.
A quick wire wrap, a little solder and DONE!!! Ready for TONS of pictures???? Here we go!
|Let's make these!!!|
You will need a soldering iron of some type. This is
what I have. It's older, used and wonderful.
|Solder, flux, flux brush, glass work top and fireproof|
board. That's how I roll! You can use any solder
work station you have or can afford. As you can see
mine is pretty old and battered.
|Bottles of flux and patinas. That is a |
candle holder turned flux holder!!!
This is what I use to clean my glass.
I use a cotton glove on my left hand so I can hold
the glass. It keeps me from getting burned. Yes!
It's well loved and used!!! LOL ... it's still
VERY useful! hahaha!
|Scrap copper wire and chandelier crystals.|
|You will need some BLING.|
|Any kind will work.|
Let's start with these 2.
I cut the top pieces off.
Start with a piece of 20 gauge copper wire about
12" long. Put one end through the hole, add a
loop to one end ....
|then just wrap ...|
Add a loop to the bottom and secure the
wire at the top. DONE!
Same thing! Pull your 12" long wire through the hole,
add a loop at the top ....
|and just wrap!|
Sloppy and not perfect is what you are working to get.
This will add texture and funkiness to your work.
This is what you have when you are done.
Close to this is good enough. I promise!
TRUST ME!!! LOL
Brush some flux on your copper.
|Then start soldering. I do a little soldering ....|
then I add some lumps. I'm going to "pull" those
lumps through those holes.
I did it some more and all the holes were filled in. If
you don't see enough wire ... warm up the solder a little
and remove some of it. You really want some of those
|This is what mine look like. Messy and fun!|
|Another view. See the lumps??? I like them!|
I cleaned these with more orange hand cleaner,
then dried them with a paper towel.
|Here are 5 plain ones ready to patina.|
The soldering iron accidentally hit the side of this
piece of costume jewelry. It melted instantly. So I
turned it until the wire was coming down into that
hole. Then I added a few decorative drops of solder.
It "kind of" hides my mistake.
All finished and ready to hang on the tree or
anywhere you want to hang them.
These were fun. If you have any soldering experience at all ... you don't have to be good at this ... TRY THIS! These are fun. The more you make, the better you will become at it. I put these on Facebook and I had a feeling I knew someone who would like them. YEP! She's getting 24. NOW ,,, I have to get off my butt and make MORE!!!
I will try to post more pictures in a couple weeks. Cross your fingers. :)
If you have any questions just ask. I'll do my best to answer them!!! Shell