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Showing posts with label DIY's. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY's. Show all posts

Downtown Devil: DIY

I was interviewed this week by Kendra from the Downtown Devil about DIY culture in Phoenix. There are some really cool businesses I have never heard of in the article. Check out the post here. I think I have some exploring to do. How about you?
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Metalsmith Bench Talk LIVE

I had the chance to speak with Jay Whaley on Metalsmith Bench Talk LIVE this weekend at the SNAG conference. Here it is if you're interested in listening! We talk about Harold Studio, where it came from and where it's going. The whole session is great! My interview starts at the 36:35 mark.


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Make and Take Earrings with Color!




We have a new and fun Make and Take earring workshop at the studio! Learn how to drill holes, roll out different shapes from the disc cutter and have them enameled with color to create your very own pair of earrings in this 1.5 hour workshop! The best part is that it's only $38. We offer the Make and Takes on Fridays and Saturdays so call or email to setup a time to make them today!




Also, if you're interested in an in depth class on enameling, we have one coming up in June with Michelle Startzman!

What do you think?
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Moving Earrings Workshop

We've got a new workshop coming!

These earrings have a lot of movement and versatility.
This is an example of what they can look like one way...

And here is a different look on the back!
What do you think?
If you like the earrings, they'll be available as a diy in the coming weeks so keep a lookout for them!
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Make at the Studio!


Learn how to make these teardrop earrings and take them home with you in our new workshop! It's 1.5 hours, $25 and perfect for ages 13+. We're offering it now on Fridays between the hours of 12-6 and Saturdays from 10-3. All materials are included!

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Made at the Studio!


We just had a couple of ladies that came in to make Resin Pendants at the studio recently. They also happened to bring in a couple of their own keepsakes to trap inside the pendant including an old Star of David that was part of a necklace one of them didn't wear anymore. It has now been transformed with a new look!

What do you think? Do you have anything you'd like to wear again with a bit of a change?
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Studio Hours Extended!

The studio will now be open Fridays from 12-8pm in addition to our regular hours! So please stop by and say hello! We will be offering the resin pendant workshop during this time frame as well.

The resin pendant workshop is a great time for anyone! Perfect as a mother/daughter activity or offered as a valentines day gift, it's hard to go wrong with something you make that looks so good!
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Resin Pendants

We've been having a lot of people come to the studio to make resin pendants recently. Resin allows you to trap a keepsake inside something like a pendant forever under a clear glassy surface. We have things like watch parts and crystals to fill the pendants with, but anything can be used really; a picture, saying or even seashells. The resin pendants are a fun thing to make in groups for birthdays or a Friday night out. And that's just what happened for the group that came in and made these lovely pieces! Resin pendants are a fun way to create something you can wear that reflects your own style and artistry.
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How to make your own wire: Part II

With the ingot made from the recycled silver, I next proceed to draw it down to the size I want and while doing so, lengthen my wire considerably!
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I start off by rolling the wire through the wire section of the rolling mill. I generally pass it through between 2 and 3 times before I anneal the metal again. If this isn't done, the metal WILL crack and start to flake off. I've learned through experience that it isn't worth it trying to pass the metal through "just one more time".  After rolling the metal down to about the diameter I want, I move to the draw plate because the wire section of the rolling mill made the wire diamond shaped and I want circular wire.
Note: While the rolling mill isn't necessary to drawing down wire, it will make everything go MUCH faster. As in, shaving off as much as an hour or more of your time. But, if you don't have a rolling mill, don't live in Phoenix where you can visit Harold Studio and use ours, or just want a good workout, you Can make wire without a rolling mill by following the next few steps.

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The 4 things needed to draw down wire are: 1) lubricant(I recommend bur life),  to ease the friction when drawing down the wire 2) A draw plate, which has holes going in small increments from big to little. Draw plates can come in circular, square, triangular and half round shapes. 3) A vise to hold the draw plate 4) Draw tongs which have teeth to grasp onto the metal. Draw tongs mar the metal but are necessary because they keep a grip on the wire. Anything else will slip.

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The first thing you will need to do is taper the wire. This can be done by filing it down or by using the rolling mill. It is only necessary to taper about an inch.

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Tapering the wire allows it to go through a smaller hole than the wire would be able to go down at its current size. It takes a little bit of muscle to draw wire because you have to make sure the tongs stay clamped while pulling something through a hole that is too small for it.
Repeat the  process of annealing and tapering after every 2-3 holes. Annealing allows the metal to go through the holes in the draw plate easier and prevents  the wire from breaking off due to brittleness or work hardening.

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My wire I made from recycled silver! The whole process took me about 30 minutes and was greatly reduced due to the fact that I had a rolling mill.
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Dissolving broken drill bits can be quick and easy!

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Using a mixture of 1 part Alum spice to 2 parts water. It works quickest if you heat the solution up(I use my studio crock pot). After about 30 minutes the drill bit should be completely gone! Alum is a spice commonly found in grocery stores. The great thing about using alum is that it is natural and safe. Something you can use to spice up your food as well as create jewelry? That's a no brainer to me.
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How to make your own wire: Part I

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Metal prices are very expensive right now and I have more scrap metal than I know what to do with. So today I made some sterling silver wire at the studio. What you need to make your own wire is a crucible, ingot mold(mine is a reversible so I can do sheet as well), torch and draw plate.

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First step is to choke the torch(acetylene) by wrapping your hand around the turn on valve so that no oxygen can come out. This creates a sooty substance which floats out of the torch. I use the soot to coat the inside of the ingot where I plan on pouring my silver. You will know if you are choking the torch right if black substance starts coming off the flame and if the flame is mostly yellow(as opposed to blue).

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Secure the ingot so that the wire will be even by tapping the top of it with a hammer after you have tightened the two ends together. Then heat up the ingot. This secures that when you pour in the metal it will not splatter back at you out of shock from going to molten hot to cold. The ingot and the metal need to be roughly the same temperature.

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Heat up the crucible then put your scrap silver into it.

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Wait until your silver is like a liquid round puddle. If the metal is dirty or taking longer than expected, adding a pinch of borax helps to clean it off. Pour the metal down the hole in the ingot.

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OK, that was the easy part. Next post I'll go over drawing it down.
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