Monday, November 3, 2014

SALE at Copperheart Designs!

Happy November everybody! 
I am closing out my colored etched copper and brass jewelry. Lots of great earrings and necklaces on sale 50% off. Check out the SALE section of my etsy shop

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Free Shipping at CopperheartBeads

To celebrate the opening of my new shop, I am offering free shipping on orders of $10 or more at CopperheartBeads. Just use coupon code WELCOME for free shipping un
til October 31st.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Introducing CopperheartBeads

I'm pleased to announce the opening of CopperheartBeads, my new supply shop on Etsy. At CopperheartBeads you will find beads and supplies all handmade by me, including etched copper beads, enameling copper beads, and polymer clay beads. I will be adding more varieties and styles so be sure to check back often!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Foray into Polymer Clay

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am taking a little hiatus from enameling and metalsmithing. In the meantime, I have been playing around with polymer clay. I have dabbled in polymer clay in the past, but this is the first time I have really concentrated on it, and I am just finally starting to put together some pieces that I like. I mixed my polymer clay beads with some metalwork and wirework elements, and a few Czech glass beads in the blue and green necklace. Of course I have always loved beads so the best thing about working in polymer clay is the opportunity to make my own beads! These are a few of the pieces I have made so far. I will probably be putting some up in the etsy shop soon.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Necklaces on Sale and Other News

In honor of my least favorite time of year (only two months of winter to go!) I am having a little sale in my Copperheart Designs online shop. All brass and copper necklaces with colored finishes are on sale at 25% off! I have lots of colors, styles and lengths to choose from. Why not buy yourself (or your valentine!) something pretty!

In other news, I am taking a hiatus from enameling, etching, and soldering as well as showing at craft fairs while I work on (ahem) a very special "project." I will still be busy doing some cold work and dabbling in polymer clay, and I will still be managing my shops and processing orders. Everything in my shops is made and ready to ship, so shop away!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Newly Updated Shop and Holiday Sale!

I've been hard at work updating my own online shop with a new, prettier and more streamlined storefront. To celebrate, I am having a holiday sale, with all brass and copper earrings on sale for $10 off. I also have hypo-allergenic ear wires available for those with sensitive ears.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The World's Smallest Metalsmithing Studio

A while back I mentioned on facebook that I have been working on cleaning/organizing my studio space, and I promised a picture when it was all done. Now I should point out that I use the term "studio" very loosely because my work space is actually... a coat closet, with the linen closet around the corner for additional storage.  Now this isn't the best photo because this closet is in a hallway, but I thought it might be helpful to other metalsmiths working in small spaces and apartments to see how I set it up.

So you can see that I have a very small bench in there. It's actually a portable bench that sits on a folding stand. There's a narrow space alongside the bench so I got one of those inexpensive rolling shelves to hold additional tools next to my bench. I have a hanging shoe organizer on the door to hold various frequently used tools and supplies, and drawer bins on the shelf above to hold materials. The closet bar comes in handy for keeping saw frames and safety glasses readily at hand. You can also see where I used my little mini-vise as a jury-rig clamp to hold the front of my poor little bench together. I should probably fix that so I can use my vise for its intended purpose again! Probably still looks a bit messy to some but for me this is really clean! I should probably add that I don't do any soldering or enameling in the closet. I do that on the stovetop where I have a little additional ventilation rigged up. I also avoid toxic chemicals in my work to reduce hazards associated with working in my living space.  All in all it's not so bad. My old apartment had a butler's pantry. Now THAT was a studio space, but a coat closet is better than nothing!