Signs of improvement...
|Coupler bolt and wire rings|
|I finally got the backs right.|
Alright, I bought a mandrel, some new wire, read a few tutorials and got back on the horse (I would rather imagine a unicorn). I think it went better this time. Things usually do go better after several hours of doing them wrong and then taking a break. I used a pen and the ring mandrel for shaping and I used pliers to twist the ends and push them in place. I tried to make it so they rings could be squeezed or widened around the finger. I accidentally got the same gage of wire as I had used the time before, BUT... copper is much softer than brass. I also realized that the key to a successful V shape is to pinch the end tight and bend over an even amount on each length of wire above the pinched spot. Then I would open the wire slowly and place it on the mandrel. The shapes aren't where I want them yet, but they are much, much closer. Hooray for progress!
|The clay gem trials|
Soon we will talk about clay gems, precious metal finishes, and coupler bolts. After that, I would like to dive into a long and thorough tutorial for mask making.