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Howard33

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  • Birthday 08/16/1973
  1. Howard33

    I'm back with new stuff!

    Beautiful work. One question though, does the bronze and brass cause skin discoloration on the wearer?
  2. Howard33

    bike chain jewellery

    Inspiring work there and definantly shows that you have real creative talent. Thank you for sharing it with us all.
  3. Howard33

    Newest necklace

    Thanks everyone. As much satisfaction as I'v gotten from actually making it, I must admit that by the end I was praying for it just to end...
  4. Howard33

    Newest necklace

    Be my guest Muirgheal:)
  5. Howard33

    Newest necklace

    Thank you very much. Here's is the back of the piece. I should also mention that this is not my own original design. It's from a book called Handcrafting Chain and Bead jewelry by Scott David Plumlee. This is one of the projects listed in the book that I thought would be great to learn and add to my expanding skills. The crafting is mine, but the idea was shared by him.
  6. Howard33

    Newest necklace

    Thank you very much.
  7. Howard33

    Newest necklace

    I'v been on vacation this past week and started a project I finally finished yesterday. It's Brass 5/32, 11/64 and 5/16 with 6mm glass faux pearls held in with beading wire. This is the fifth necklace I have finished since I began this hobby back in July.
  8. Howard33

    Separation Anxiety

    Thanks for the responses. Yes Argentum, your insight is helpful. Going into a piece with the idea of selling it is an angle I really hadn't considered, so thank you both for that.
  9. Howard33

    Separation Anxiety

    Anyone else have trouble letting go of their work? Maybe it's because I haven't been doing this for very long at all, but when I see each piece and think about the time invested in creating them, not to mention the pride in having creating it, I simply can't seem to part with it even when I'v been given what I believe to be a generous offer for the item. Maybe its also because I'm not actually doing this for a living, but merely as an interesting and fun hobby. Maybe I just need to bite the bullet so to speak and actually let go of one. So far, the only people that have worn my items are my wife and a friend of hers, both of whom I make pieces for to wear specifically with their Ren gowns. These other items, have been for my own personal pleasure while learning a particular weave, so maybe that's the real difference.
  10. Howard33

    This was my first chainmail attempt

    Very nice, both in the construction and in the image itself.
  11. Howard33

    Byzantine ID for bead wrap question

    Thank you for the suggestion. It's two sections of Byzantine that when joined make the Romanov pattern that some beads are wrapped with. I guess I really should have just said it was a Romanov question in actuality.
  12. Any suggestions on a decent Byzantine ID size to wrap around a 6mm bead? I have 18g & 20g BA with the same in Brass. The beads are a nice red crystal and I thought a good pair of romanov's would work well. I have creating the Byzantine weave down pat, but I still am having trouble sizing appropriately for wrapping around items. Any help would be appreciated.
  13. Howard33

    What tools do you use when weaving?

    Bent nose pliers in each hand and I only put down one if need be. For sheets, I have found using a form of loom to work well. Basically it's a section of 4x4 with nails driven in at set points down the length. Each nail holds a link of the top of the sheet and I can work on adding strings of rings to the bottom portion much easier. What I plan on building is an adjustible on that sits on casters on the floor so I can move it around as I want. It will be 5' tall by 4' wide with holes down the length of each side to run a bar through. I can then lace the bar through the top portion of the sheet of rings and let it drape between the two upright arms. Since it's adjustible by simply removing the bar and placing it in a higher or lower hole, I can sit in front of the loom on my work chair and work at eye level as the sheet lengthens, I can simply keep moving it up to keep the bottom portion at eye or chest level for easy working. This is the creation of sheets for shirts ofcourse, although a miniture version of this for table top working may not be such a bad idea for items like coifs or anything that may use sheets, but small sheets.
  14. Howard33

    What tools do you use when weaving?

    Bent nose pliers in each hand and I only put down one if need be. For sheets, I have found using a form of loom to work well. Basically it's a section of 4x4 with nails driven in at set points down the length. Each nail holds a link of the top of the sheet and I can work on adding strings of rings to the bottom portion much easier. What I plan on building is an adjustible on that sits on casters on the floor so I can move it around as I want. It will be 5' tall by 4' wide with holes down the length of each side to run a bar through. I can then lace the bar through the top portion of the sheet of rings and let it drape between the two upright arms. Since it's adjustible by simply removing the bar and placing it in a higher or lower hole, I can sit in front of the loom on my work chair and work at eye level as the sheet lengthens, I can simply keep moving it up to keep the bottom portion at eye or chest level for easy working. This
  15. Howard33

    What do you think?

    For what it's worth I say piss on anyone that downs you for blaspheming against the holy precious metals. Next thing you know, you won't be considered a true jewelry mailler till you've created your first piece from silver or gold. Did you like your creation? Did it make you smile? If so, that's all that matters.
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