Friday, January 21, 2011

Dreaming of spring

Bird in a tree
Momma bird in nest

Side view of baby birds

Soup spoon bird in tree
Once again it is snowing.  So I was looking to work on something a little more spring like.  I bought some really nice hand dyed silk cording and used it to string up some new pendants that I cut from spoons.   Originally I had planned to use a strand of cord for the pendants, but I decided they looked better with two strands of silk cord.   I made a mommy bird in her nest and then two different bird in tree pendants.  I put hand made hook clasps on all of them.  I think they look great.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

work in progress

Pendant being cut with jeweler's saw
Partially cut pendant
Finished pendant
I thought that I would take this time to show how I cut a pendant.  Starting after the pattern is marked and the pilot holes are drilled.  This shows the cutting and how the pendant looks after it is filed.  It still needs a cord or beading.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Handmade clasp

Handle

Split for hook and loop

Finished hook and loop

Hook and loop together
Using the handle from the spoon I used for the dragonfly pendant I made a co-ordinating clasp.   I think it turned out well.  It reminds me of a buckle.  First I cut the handle into two sections and marked it for cutting out the center.  I ended up cutting out more than first planned.  Then I drilled holes and cut the handle with a saw.  I bent the hook part using a vise.  It should finish off the pendant nicely.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Pendants

hummingbird pendant just started

Cattail and dragon fly pendant
 I have started some new pendants made from spoons.  First I draw a design on the pendant.  Then using a tiny drill bit I drill pilot holes so that I can put my saw blade in to cut out sections.  After I cut out the sections using a jeweler's saw I take needle files and file out the holes smooth.  That is how you get a finished pendant.  The next step is making a clasp which I will try to post later this week.  I normally make my own from leftover spoon parts.