Monday, October 27, 2014

3xR 42: From The Deep

We get a little crazy over Halloween around here. With two creative types in the house there is nothing better than an entire day devoted to imagination run wild. This year we decided on our first couples costume. Here I am smirking about the latest man I lured to the icy depths while the ghost of the unfortunate pirate vows revenge behind me.

Every mermaid, evil or otherwise, needs to accessorize. So a few days before our Pumpkin Carving Party I created this sweet little brooch using scrap copper, silver bits melted into balls, and the silver band from a scrapped ring design for the pin. Really, this brooch played no part in the demise of the unlucky pirate.

Then I pulled out the creepy dolls, made some skeleton trophies, and invited some seriously creative folks over.

Check out that 1st place pumpkin inspired by Poe! Congrats Jill!

To check out what the other 3xR (reduce, recycle, reuse) artists are up to head over to the 3xR 2014 flickr group.  To get your hands on one of my 3xR pieces head over to my Etsy shop.

Thanks for reading and Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

3xR 39, 40, and 41: Paisley!

I'm catching up and jumping ahead this week with a few paisley pieces!

I started with a pile of copper scrap, some Eyelet Lace scrap, an old silver ring, and little bits of silver wire and bezel. First I cut out some copper paisleys, soldered down the Eyelet scrap, and cleaned up the edges.

After that I melted the bits of silver into balls and soldered them down. I used the old silver ring to make a pin for the large brooch and some recycled silver wire to create the pin and posts for the other pieces.  A little patina and some wax and I was finished!

What do you think? I think I see more paisleys in my future.

Thanks for reading!