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LMAJ Textured Metal Boot Camp Challenge

EDIT:* Before I go on, I just wanted to say how much this Boot camp and other similar blog hops have come to mean to me. The people are amazing, my abilities are always tested and the community aspect is wonderbar. I recently did my second (and probably last) challenge for Vintaj at the same time I was preparing for this one and Bead Soup. Because of the overlap I was really given an opportunity to observe my internal process and compare. The challenge for the big company is great if you win “stuff” but I realized that since I am very good at making something out of nothing, I don’t really NEED more STUFF and when I do I somehow manage to get it. This led me to really appreciate the connection that happens when blog hopping. Every time I comment on a fellow artists blog I share a bit of my heart and every time my eyes are blessed with their creations it stimulates my creativity. As I was posting for these two very different types of challenges it became more clear to me where I want to put my creative energy and time and WHY. So, a big THANK YOU to all the ladies down at Love My Art Jewelry for making this Boot Camp happen because it became so much more than just banging on metal for me.  XOXO Hats off to you!

In my previous post I talked about the tools I made to texture metal with. Here’s where I show what I did with said tools for the Love My Art Jewelry Textured Metal Boot Camp.
All month long LMAJ showed us different techniques for texturing metal in unconvential ways and ALL by hand. This opened my mind and has led to some new ideas for my shop. I decided to make some hair slides.
Let’s go see what I made…

First, I took out some very heavy gauge copper wire my husband picked up for me eons ago. I cut, torched, and curved it into an “8” shape and flattened it a bit. I then took my handmade carpenter nail texture tools and textured different sizes of dots into the copper. I also cut a bit of copper tube and hammered and textured it into a bead cap using the same technique.
So this…

Hair Slides-2001

Used these…

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Around the inside of the center washer I used my fancy letter stamps turned upside down “A and Q”. They made a nice curly design.

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The whole enchilada…

Hair Slides-5001 Hair Slides-1-2001

For the second texture challenge I started with a brass sheet and cut it into a winged shape. I used my doming block to make the domed circles on the bottom sides. I used the carpenter nails to make the dots on the upper wings and the lines on the inside of the copper washer.

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I used the large green chisel that I ground into a nicer shape for the lines radiating out from the center like wrinkles in the wings. See these…

Chisels Hair Slides-6001

And for the fluted edges I used my round nose pliers to tweak the metal up and down like a pie tin.

I love these challenges because they cause me to think outside the box. EVERY time I end up creating somethign I NEVER would have created. I will be adding some similar items to the shop. For now, these hold up my heavy mop while I’m working.

Hair Slides-11001


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