Hammers!

Hammers!

One can never have too many hammers!
So I treated myself to a few more recently 🙂

New Hammers

They will go nicely with the other hammers I have and sit in the tool stand Mr A made for me last year.

hammer stand
Wonderful range of Hammers available to buy on Amazon.co.uk

ESC Artists Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

ESC Artists Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

Looking forward to ESC Artists 2017 Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre which starts next week.

This is my 4th Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre with ESC Artists. Of course I am one of the founder members of this artist led group so I do exhibit at all the events we organise.

ESC Artists 2017 Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

 

I am exhibiting a selection of air-chased, fold formed and embossed pieces of jewellery, some small sculptures crafted using various coppersmithing techniques. It would be lovely to see you at the exhibition. Do come and have a look!

Here are some pictures from past ESC Artists exhibitions. We set up a mixed exhibition with a range of work on display.

 

Stamford Apple Day

Stamford Apple Day

I had a nice time at Stamford Apple Day event on 7 October and met lots of lovely people.

Stamford Apple Day
My mini orchard at Stamford Apple Day

So what has metalsmithing got to do with Apples? Not a lot really, but I do like to support the Stamford Community Orchard Group by attending their annual Stamford Apple Day event at the Arts Centre.

And if you still want a link, however tenuous… I had a mini orchard on display with some of my copper leaves, Mr A’s Bare Iron Trees  and other nature related items like copper flowers, copper mushrooms etc.

It was also a good opportunity to promote our ESC Artists Exhibition from 25 October – 5 November in the Stamford arts Centre Gallery.

 

Keyrings and Bag Charms

Keyrings and Bag Charms

I have added a new range of keyrings and bag charms to my online shop and at my display shelf at Art in the Heart in Peterborough. The price range is from £7.50 – £12.00 depending on the size.

These have all been created using my new Rolling Mill and I have used a variety of card making patterns and printed them on copper tags. I think they are fun and great gifts. As these keyrings and bag charms are small and lightweight they would be great for posting out to friends and families who live far away.

Keyrings and bag charms by Shalini Austin
Vintage Car

Keyrings and bag charms by Shalini Austin
Classic Camper van

Keyrings and bag charms by Shalini Austin
Seahorse

Keyrings and bag charms by Shalini Austin
Mini

I am working on more of these keyrings and charms for the upcoming shows and events leading up to Christmas.

Yes… it is September and I mentioned the C word! Sorry! But Christmas is important for small businesses like mine. We all like receiving and giving gifts and this is that time of the year when there is a lot more gift buying happening.

Brass Cuffs Now Available

Brass Cuffs Now Available

New Range of Brass Cuffs now available to buy online in my shop.

Made a few Brass cuffs using my rolling mill and I am pleased to say they are looking rather good!

Brass Cuffs - floral pattern 1

The first brass cuff I made, as an experiment. sold within half an hour of listing it in my online shop so I decided to make a few more. Luckily I have a local shop in Stamford that stocks brass sheet so I quickly went into town to get some. Normally I have to wait for sheet metal to be delivered from my regular supplier based in Lancashire.

So I cut 6 bracelet blanks from the brass sheet. Then I played with a few patterns and put the brass blanks through the rolling mill. They printed really well and once polished and buffed the cuffs are looking very attractive indeed. Hopefully customers think so too and buy them 🙂

Some of these cuffs are in my online shop, some at Art in the Heart in Peterborough. And one is on my wrist because I am allowed to treat myself 😉

How to Store Copper Off-cuts

How to Store Copper Off-cuts

Metalworking Tip about Copper Off-Cuts

Copper Off-cuts tend to have sharp ends which really hurt if they pierce your fingers. I know because I have experienced it plenty of times! And if you use snips / scissors / shears to cut shapes out of thin copper sheet then the off-cuts have all kinds of curls and bends on them too.

How to Store Copper Off-cuts

I never throw anything away and hold on to these copper off-cuts as they are useful for all kinds of design projects, especially for smaller items like earrings, pendant bails and even small pendants. I store all my copper off-cuts in little plastic boxes. And when I need a small bit of copper for something I just rummage through the boxes to find the right piece instead of cutting up a bigger sheet of copper.

Previously when I put my hand into the box there were lots of “OW” and some (OK a lot) of swearing as these pesky little bits with really sharp ends attacked me!

How to Store Copper Off-cuts

To avoid injured (sometimes bleeding) fingers I have now started hammering these curled up bits of copper off-cuts to flatten them before I throw them into the plastic box. It just takes a few seconds to flatten each piece out using a flat hammer and a nylon block. But it saves a lot of pain, especially when you are in the middle of a project and just need to get on without bleeding all over the workbench.

How to Store Copper Off-cuts

How to Store Copper Off-cuts
Box of Copper Off-cuts hammered flat to avoid bleeding fingers

Hope this tip is useful to other metalworkers who, like me, have experienced sharp copper off-cuts biting them!

  • Don’t throw away copper off-cuts
  • these off-cuts have sharp ends which can hurt your fingers
  • flatten the off-cuts using a hammer and a nylon (or wooden) block. Don’t have a Nylon bench block? Buy one here
  • store them for future use.