Christine Cox

Archive for January, 2016

Metalsmith: Graphite for Alignment

graphitesoldering

Metalsmith
(A typically occasional series by Christine Cox)

When soldering a pin back onto a brooch, use a piece of graphite (you know, for mechanical pencils) to ensure that catch and joint are lined up. The graphite will take the heat of your torch while your pin back stays straight.

Bird brooch available in my Etsy store

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Metalsmith: Sternum Pain Deliverance

leatheronapron

Metalsmith
(A typically occasional series by Christine Cox)

While stringing a saw frame most people use their sternum to compress the frame while tightening. This can be dangerous and painful if you have bird bones like mine. Staple a piece of leather to your shop apron and you’ll have some protection.

 

Metalsmith: Binding Odd Shapes

boundbird

Metalsmith
(A typically occasional metalsmithing series by Christine Cox)

If your shape doesn’t lend itself to being wired for soldering, like this bird brooch, cut notches in the base-plate. They will be sawed off later with the rest of the excess metal. There are 4 teeny tiny notches around the profile of the bird in this picture.

Bird brooch for available in my Etsy store

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys (their term) prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. It doesn’t prove anything (other than that I should post more often), but it’s fun. Happy New Year, everyone!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,900 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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