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271  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing for Jewelry Design / Tutorials / Re: Need a Silversmith... on: June 01, 2013, 08:50:14 pm
 Helen,

I have put 20 mm stone spheres in half round sterling wire cages. The cage has one soldered joint and after the stone sphere is placed in the cage the half round is formed to the sphere and  silver round wire is used to make a wrap that holds the cage in place. I just wanted to show my way.
272  Stone Talk / Moderator, Hummingbirdstones ( Robin ) / Share Our Finished Cabochons and General Cabbing Questions / Tutorials / Re: help with stone ID on: May 23, 2013, 06:19:23 pm
A better photo and how big  the beads are would make it easier to identify. They do appear to be glass.
273  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Photos of some of my work on: May 22, 2013, 09:54:10 pm
Jon,

I make earrings based on local leaves in copper, brass and nickel silver. Check out my ETSY site and you can see the leaves that I make. Thanks for all of the  comments I have recieved.
274  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing for Jewelry Design / Tutorials / Re: Anyone work much copper? on: May 20, 2013, 08:19:29 pm
Debbie,

I put a very light coat of wax on and it does seem to take some of the heat patina away and when I polish with a soft cloth most of the color returns. It is the only thing I have found that does not eliminate the heat patina colors. That is why I was asking for more info on Everbrite.
275  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Photos of some of my work on: May 20, 2013, 07:49:17 pm
 Daniel,

I was sending a post when your post came in. As to your question about the rattles. These rattles are based on old Ojibwa (The old name for Ojibwa was Chippewa and now they call themselves Anishinabe) rattles from the 18th and 19th century. The Ojibwa people used them in ceremony. I have been making these rattles for over 16 years. The large rattles have 28 deer dew claws attached with smoked brain tanned deer leather. I have been fortunate in that I have been able to gift three of the rattles to Ojibwa people (what I call sending them home). I hope that this answers your question, if not ask again.
276  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Photos of some of my work on: May 20, 2013, 07:36:11 pm
 Here are photos of one of my items that I feel great about. It is a reproduction of an old buffalo horn cap ceremonial spoon. The spoon is made from a buffalo horn cap all one piece cut and bent. The eye is inlaid turquoise bead and the handle is  covered with smoked brain tanned deer leather and then wrapped with seed beads. Since the horn cap is a compound curve in both length and width most of the sanding and polishing was done by hand. The spoon is 9 inches long.
277  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing for Jewelry Design / Tutorials / Re: Anyone work much copper? on: May 20, 2013, 03:34:41 pm
Debbie'

I currently use Reinaissance Wax and I have found that if you polish with a soft cloth in a short time after you apply the wax the heat patina shows up.
278  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Photos of some of my work on: May 20, 2013, 03:28:58 pm
I have always been drawn to Native American culture. For over  25 years I have been going to the Rosebud reservation in South Dakota and helping with ceremony. I follow the Native American path to the best of my ability. A great amount of what I make has a connection to nature and the natural world.

As an example: I was in north Texas and had gathered a large amount of dead standing cedar limbs and they were tied on my van. A person asked me why I had the old dead limbs. My answer was they are handles and I have not yet found the beauty in each one. And I am sure the person was thinking what a nut.

I like to take things that others see no value in and make things of beauty. This is much in the way that an old brown rock when cut may contain beautiful colors and/or breath taking scene.
279  The Gathering / Our Place / Re: Photos of some of my work on: May 20, 2013, 09:41:23 am
The earring feathers are about an inch long. I do make some that are only 3/4 inch long.
280  The Gathering / Introductions / Re: Hello from southern New Mexico on: May 20, 2013, 09:27:38 am
Just to add a little to your thinking of chile. I roast over charcoal three or four bags of chile each fall. I also have to add they sure do taste good.
281  The Gathering / Our Place / Photos of some of my work on: May 20, 2013, 09:17:15 am
I will attempt to show some of my work.

The first photo is my Eagle Feather jewelry. I make three types of eagle feathers- tail. wing and body. Each feather has over 200 individual knife cuts put on one at a time.

Photo two  shows my Ojibwa style rattles that I make.

Photo three shows what I call my eye dazzler bag. It is based on the Navajo eye dazzler rugs.

I hope that the photos come thru.
282  Custom Designed Jewelry / Silversmithing / Metalsmithing for Jewelry Design / Tutorials / Re: Anyone work much copper? on: May 19, 2013, 11:46:16 pm
 I have a question about the use of Everbrite. When I checked the Everbrite web site they say to use the ProtectaClear for jewelry. For the people that use Everbrite do you use Everbrite or ProtectaClear for copper jewelry? I make jewely with copper, brass and nickel silver and to date I have not found a coating that allows the heat patina to show. Thanks for any information about Everbrite.

Leroy
283  The Gathering / Introductions / Hello from southern New Mexico on: May 19, 2013, 11:20:09 pm
Hello, my name is Leroy and  I live in Nogal, New Mexico, a small town in the north part of the Sacramento Mountains.

I have been reading this forum for several years and decided it was time to become  more of a participant. I have been doing metal work ( silver and base metals) for over 30 years. I also do Native American style beadwork and rattles. I have worked as a wildlife biologist and draw a lot of my inspiration from nature.

Leroy
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