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.

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.
Rolling Mill Jewellery Now Available

Rolling Mill Jewellery Now Available

Some of the Rolling Mill Jewellery I made recently has now been listed in my online shop. I am working on more copper and brass cuffs and earrings and these will be online soon too.

Copper Cuff: Floral Pattern
Copper Earrings: Polka Dots Texture
Copper Cuff: Handmade Paper Texture
Copper Earrings: Handmade Paper Texture

I have also added some of the new rolling mill jewellery to my display shelf at Art in the Heart, 13 Westgate Arcade, Queensgate, Peterborough.

I will be taking new brass and copper cuffs when I drop in more stock next week.

 

More about the Rolling Mill

If you are thinking of buying a Rolling Mill there are several models available to choose from

Handmade Paper Texture Earrings 

Paper Texture Earrings made using my new Rolling Mill. I cut the copper sheet into discs and rolled it through the Mill to print the texture.

Really pleased with the result 🙂

Paper Texture Earrings

 

I bought a sheet of handmade paper recently and rolled the copper discs with the paper to create these handmade paper texture earrings. I have more of this paper and will be creating more pieces of jewellery using this pattern. I am currently sawing some flower shapes from more the paper texture printed copper sheet I rolled in through the mill.

View in my online Shop: Handmade Paper Texture Copper Earrings | Shalini Austin: Metalsmith

Felt Bird & Copper Feather Bookmark: Made to Order 

Felt Bird Bookmarks made to Order in Lincolnshire by Esha – an art collaboration between felt artist Eve Marshall & Me. Each bird is needle felted by Eve and attached to the feather shaped textured copper sheet. Great gift for book lovers. 

Felt Bird and Copper Feather Bookmarks

Thinking of gift ideas for Christmas? Why not commission a felt bird bookmarks by Esha online: Felt Bird & Copper Feather Bookmark: Made to Order | Shalini Austin: Metalsmith

Air-Chased Copper Pendants

I have added three new air-chased copper pendants to my online shop recently. Each piece has been individually hand forged using air-chasing and texturing techniques in my home studio in Stamford, Lincolnshire.

Air-Chased Copper Pendant on Torc Necklace
Air-Chased Copper Pendant on Torc Necklace

Air-chased Copper Pipe Pendant on Torc Necklace
Air-chased Copper Pipe Pendant on Torc Necklace

Air-Chased Copper Pendant on Handmade Chain
Air-Chased Copper Pendant on Handmade Chain

My previous air-chased pieces have all been on a waxed cotton cord. Feedback from customers and stockists is that a ready made necklace or chain is preferred to cotton cords so I will be adding more of these to the new pieces.  I am going to play with a few more ideas for the chains and update existing pendant listings to offer the option of the torc necklace on pieces already in the shop.

I will of course still offer the option of waxed cotton cords or ready-made organza necklaces for anyone who would prefer those.

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Read more about my air-chased design adventures