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DIY Sanding Box (Or How to Have a Dust Free Workroom)

I had made a new “contraption” for my workshop. Sanding metal makes a huge mess. And just because I wear goggles and a respirator while sanding, it doesn’t mean I’m okay with the metal dust particles left all over the workshop.

So I often sand outside, but that entails carrying all my stuff out there and of course I never remember to bring everything I need on my first trip out.

Here’s my current solution.

My First Experiments with Patina

A couple of years ago, a friend and I got together to test out some patina recipes.

Elizabeth made a batch of bronze wire spirals that we would be using as testers.  

I had some copper shapes… and a few brass disks.  So we had three metals to experiment with.

This was our work space and set-up. We cleaned the metal two ways. Some pieces were given an alcohol bath (shown) and some pieces were cleaned with Penny Brite (a copper cleaner that is basically citric acid and soap).

We used a Sharpie marker to create resist patterns.

Leather Clasp Ends

The other day, we were discussing something in the SRAJD forum. Someone casually mentioned they were looking to purchase the kind of finding that goes on the end of those necklaces like those multistrand Native American chokers.

What Is Metal Clay

What is Metal Clay?

(a non-technical introduction to the medium)

by Laura Bracken


Here are the basic steps involved when I create a piece of jewelry from metal clay.

Invaluable Tools

Okay, these aren’t really tools, but they are two things in my workshop I’d hate to live without… and both recommended to me by the same person.  Thanks Elizabeth Dauch.  And thanks for gifting one of them to me.  You rock!
So the two tools (or items, really) are…
A cup bur for my dremel.  I love this so much better than using the hand tool.  Sorry traditionalists.
And a universal chuck for my dremel.  This thing saves me HOURS each week, I'm sure.  Ha ha ha!  All the dreme