Sunday, January 20, 2008

Crafting Sunday

Took a soldering class last week and made a few more pieces today with Mary and Phin.

Supplies:
Glass slides (2)
collage items
copper tape
burnishing tool
soldering iron
lead-free solder
flux
brush for flux
Patience

create your collage. sandwich it between 2 pieces of glass. Carefully wrap copper tape around it and burnish well. Tape a jump ring to the top if you'd like. Plug in and heat your iron. Meanwhile, brush flux to the copper tape. Solder around your piece onto the copper tape. Solder will only 'stick' to the copper tape and flux. Do not breath fumes. Be patient. The first few times you do this, embrace the lumpy solder look.
A cool book to reference: Pretty Litte Things.
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8 comments:

phin said...

that was a fun get-together!

fumes, ack!

now I can't figure out which one is my favorite
: .)

I just love the pattern on the MS burd!

Monica said...

um... can i have the blue one w/ the white bird?

rosemary said...

It all went downhill when I read patience.

Andrea said...

Hi sweetie!
I love these pieces! You have to sell these on etsy. They are stunning.
Hope you are well! I still use the gift you sent me and think of you every time I do.
Hugs,
andrea

Ragged Around the Edges said...

Oh, Mad, those rock! You are too talented, what neat items. . . I'm openly coveting them all.

Nan said...

I love the line, "embrace the lumpy solder look." Funny girl!

Ex-Shammickite said...

This is the technique I use when I am soldering copper foil stained glass pieces. You're right about the fumes, yukky. And have you tried addin a patina? the black one eats the skin off your fingers, must wear rubber gloves if you want to survive. But may be useful if you want to rob a bank....

d. chedwick bryant said...

I like these, can you make a tiny one for a necklace pendant?