Weekly Quote

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.---C. S. Lewis

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


The last few days I have been making 20 gauge headpins with red brass (bronze) and copper wire.

I became mesmerized by the melting metal.

I didn't want to stop.

I made several hundred of these ball-end red brass headpins.

 One hundred are on their way to Canada.

Next I hammered the ball to make these flattened paddle headpins.

I loved the paddle headpins so much I made them into a pair of cute little earrings.

And finally I tried my hand at making rosey copper ball-end headpins.

Did you know that the color of the copper ball depends on how you quench them? To get the rosy color you immediately quench in water and to get the black ends you let them cool in the air.

Want some of your own? The headpins can be purchased at Watergirl Supply and the earrings are for sale at Donna Gunn.

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