I did it.
Past the test.
The bangles are soldered.
Now to clean them up and make them shiny. I added texture to some of the small bangles. That felt good!
I finally got the solder to flow after trying all sorts of ways. It finally worked when I built up a "kiln" like structure to try to keep the heat in to keep the metal hot. Really hot. I used a charcoal block to solder on and I also placed the sliver of solder (it's flat) in between the join to be soldered. I also TURNED UP THE HEAT!
After that finally happening..... I got to beat on them (with Love) on the mandrel to shape them and that felt good after such a struggle.
Ah! The kids have officially gone back to school as of 7am this morning!! I will allow myself to be lazy for at least and hour, tackle one room of the house and clean it the way I like it cleaned (having kids clean in the summer is great but they don't always do it the right way...) and then go to my studio, sit at my bench and breathe.
That's where my head is a lot. Right now it's on how to solder thick silver bangles. Oh man...the headache I've been having trying to do this. Luckily there is an awesome group of jewelers on Instagram and so I posted the question of "help! Need tips and tricks!!" The response was so awesome!! I am now armed with more options and I'm learning new stuff. I love that!
Here's the link to the post on Instagram. Like I said, all the feedback has given me new hope for those bangles!
Well, I'm off to be lazy for a few more minutes! I hope you all have a great Wednesday!!
Some stones just grab your eye and you have to get it. This was that stone. I've had it for a few years waiting for the right bezel to set it in. Since the stone is taller than most, it was a bit of a wait. Then I found this decorative bezel wire (gallery wire). The rest fell into place. This necklace is now for sale in my Etsy shop.
Click on this link to go to my shop ~ http://etsy.me/1hsILnZ
I love seeing what designs come out of my imagination. I love sawing out those hearts!
Welcome to my new website and blog!
It was time for me to be more specific with my business name. Just Mothers on the Mountain left people wondering. Now with the upgrade to
Mothers On The Mountain Jewelry, there shouldn't be so much confusion.
Except about the "Mothers" part.
How many mothers are there?
Is she really on a mountain?
Well, here's your answers~ I am the only mother. When this name was made, I was living on a mountain. Now, I'm down in a valley in a wonderful spot where I raise my family and make my jewelry.
Onto the next chapter of my journey into metal-smithing. I'm really really looking forward to this!
Hi! My name is Kelli Mayer and I am a Silversmith/Jewelry & Lapidary Artist. Mom of two amazing kids and the wife of an amazing husband. Welcome to my journey of silversmithing and lapidary and making beautiful jewelry!