Friday, April 19, 2013

sneak peek into a torch

Friday's I like to save for a sneak peak in what to expect in Crymson Flower next week.  This week took a little turn in my creating plans when I received a custom order. I had major flower plans, a new wreath that was started last weekend and some single flowers have been started.  A custom order for 21 wine charms kick started my need to make some headpins.
It's been years since I've played with a torch.  I've been meaning to make headpins for months but kept putting off setting up the torch equipment.  It's really not that big of a deal to set up it's more of a well I can set up and make headpins or I can sit down and bead a flower.  Flowers tend to win.
Since I had everything set up I made a ton of pins.  Little red balls on copper wire.  They're so cute and fun.  I managed to burn myself once, touching a copper ball when it was still much too hot.  Occupational hazard I suppose.
I'd forgotten how fun it is to melt copper.  It took me a little bit to get back into the hang of it.  But once I found a groove it was simple.  I also cut out some simple shapes from some sheet copper I found in the box.  I put each of the pieces through the flame a few times to get some heat color on it.  I'm not really sure what I'll do with those, but I have some preliminary ideas I want to explore.
Flower pics again soon I promise.  Have a good weekend.  Stay warm.  It snowed here today.  =(

1 comment:

Cathy Engberg said...

wow! That looks like fun! You got some nice red balls there! Mine were always black. Nice!