Monday, July 02, 2012

First Fuchsia Earrings Completed

The fuchsias worked perfectly. I had feared that the fine (26 gauge) beaded wire stamens might heat too quickly and not fuse well, but there was no issue with that. The only problem was movement of some elements. When the flux bubbles up on initial heating, small pieces often move. It's more a matter of training myself to be patient and check every little detail. Anything that moves has to be patiently moved back into position with a solder pick while simultaneously heating with a torch to make the flux fluid at high temperature. There's some skill involved, of which I am not yet the master. More earrings should help with that!

©2012 Vickie Hallmark
fine silver fuchsias and leaves
fused to Argentium sheet and wire

11 comments:

  1. I think they are beautiful!

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  2. Beautiful earrings! Do you always use flux when you fuse argentium?

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    1. Not always, Barb. I never used to use it for fusing Argentium before classes with Ronda Coryell. I do find that it helps me judge temperature.

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    2. Thanks for leting me know. I've never used it for fusing jump rings, but that's all I've fused. All of your posts about your classes were very inspiring. I love your work.

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    3. Thanks so much for your support, Barb! It means more than you can imagine to get feedback.

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  3. These are really lovely Vickie x

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynsey! You're a great cheerleader and I really support it.

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  4. Beautiful! I love fuchsias, but they hate our heat and humidity! These are perfect!

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    1. Thanks so much! Now I have to go make more.

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