Thursday, May 6, 2010

Steampunk Pendant Class

Taught a class at the 2010 Kansas City Bead Society's annual Bead Blast last weekend - basically a cold connections project, using a copper rectangle, old watch gears, washers, beads and eyelets or rivets.
This one was my display sample and uses a variety of riveting types: balled copper wire rivets, brass escutcheon pins, large and small eyelets. The sample also shows optional letter stamping and was heavily patinated with liver of sulphur. Students purchased a $20 kit, which gave them a copper blank, a variety of beads, gears, eyelets, chain, pins and a purchased cord necklace to hang their pendant upon.They also had access to wire and additional bits from my supplies as needed.

I also demonstrated annealing the copper with a mini torch and making holes in the copper and other pieces using a rotary drill, a hand twist drill, a hole-punch pliers and a disk punch.

This class will be offered again at Eclectics Gallery in Kansas City in June, 2010.

1 comment:

Emerald Window said...

Wow! I would LOVE to take this class, alas, I live in Oregon. I am fascinated by Steam Punk and would really like to design some bead pieces around it.
Your blog is great. So glad I found it (through Etsy Beadweavers).