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.
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.
Made a few Brass cuffs using my rolling mill and I am pleased to say they are looking rather good!
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 😉
Learning to use your tools properly is so important! So once the Rolling Mill had been mounted properly on a sturdy table (it is a heavy piece of kit! Weighs 28 kg.) it was time to get to know its various parts and how they slot in together.
Some of the steps in learning to set up the rolling mill
The first job was to open it all up and see what part was what. There are so many different bits that are screwed together to make up the tool.
I took off the gears, those two round things and the one with handle on top. That is the easy bit. They just slide off. Then the screws have to be taken off. Thankfully it comes with the right spanners. And Mr A has a collection of spanners and ratchets in the right size too. If you don’t, they are not too expensive to buy.
After I had worked out how to use the spanner properly and removed the screw I took the top off.
The Rolling Mill arrives with a thick coating of heavy duty grease. Make sure you have a roll of kitchen towel handy to wipe off the grease as you go along. Don’t do this wearing nice clothes!
Taking the the top off it exposes the top roller, which is a plain roller. Be careful not to scratch the rollers as any marks could (probably will) transfer to the metal when you roll it.
Taking out the top smooth roller carefully. Make sure you have enough space around you to put these down safely. And don’t forget, these are rollers and will happily roll off the table so put it in a cardboard box, drawer or a tray.
Changing the roller to one of the patterned rollers that came with the rolling mill.
Contents of the pack:
My Rolling Mill has 7 rollers: • 2 plain rolls for sheet rolling • 2 wire rolls for wire drawing • 1 roll with cross checks and flat checks • 1 roll with dull and lining • 1 roll with v groove and half round
Plain rolls are already installed in the machine and the rest came individually packed and sealed in little cardboard boxes. There is a generous grease / oil coating which had to be wiped off with paper kitchen towel. In the picture above I have installed the cross & flat checks roller.
Once I had installed the roller I put it all back together and it worked! 🙂
I have not really used the patterned or wire rolls yet, it will happen another time. I will need practice in using the wire rolls. After I had checked that the patterned roller was setup correctly I opened the mill up again and put it back with the plain roller.
I have had a few sessions and rolled some patterned paper and stickers through the rolling mill so far and made some jewellery. I have a whole lot of things in my stash box that I will try rolling to create more pieces.
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 🙂
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.