Coppersmithing

Upcycled Copper Pipe Cuff Bracelet (05)

Upcycled Copper Pipe Cuff Bracelet (05)

Unisex Upcycled Copper Pipe Cuff This Upcycled Copper Pipe Cuff is  individually hand forged from recycled Copper Pipe. I use a variety of texturing and air chasing techniques to create my Copper Pipe Cuffs, each piece is organic, bold and a one off. The most popular size for cuff bracelets in this style is 6 […]

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Reversible Enamelled Heart Pendant 05 | Blue - Green

Reversible Enamelled Heart Pendant 05 | Blue – Green

Blue – Green Enamelled Heart Pendant 05 One-Off Reversible Enamelled Heart Pendant 05 individually hand forged from copper sheet. I used my jeweller’s saw to cut out the heart shape from copper sheet after it had been given interesting textures by fold-forming and air-chasing. This gives it a wonderful rustic look. The pendant is double […]

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Cute Red Miniature Copper Flowers in a Pot

Cute Red Miniature Copper Flowers in a Pot

Miniature Copper Flowers Lovely little Red Miniature Copper Flowers in a little terracotta pot. I was in town a few weeks ago and saw these cute little vintage terracotta pots at Hoptroff & Lee. It is a lovely little vintage and antiques shop on Cheyne Lane in  Stamford, my home-town. So of course I just […]

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Blue Miniature Copper Flowers in a Pot

Blue Miniature Copper Flowers in a Pot

Blue Miniature Copper Flowers in a little Terracotta Pot Cute little Blue Miniature Copper Flowers. I was in town a few weeks ago and saw these cute little vintage terracotta pots at Hoptroff & Lee. It is a lovely little vintage and antiques shop on Cheyne Lane in  Stamford, my home-town. So of course I […]

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Embossed Puffed Copper Heart Pendant

Embossed Puffed Copper Heart Pendant

Gorgeous Puffed Copper Heart Pendant embossed with flowers. To craft this Puffed Copper Heart Pendant a piece of copper was printed with this gorgeous flowers pattern using a Rolling Mill. I then used a jeweller’s saw to cut out the heart shape and gave it depth and the puffed look using my doming and dapping […]

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Work in Progress: Salvaged Copper Fish

Thought I should make more salvaged copper fish for Lamport Hall Art & Craft Event. They were quite popular at events I attended last year. I have a decent amount of salvaged copper present, just the right guage for making light sculptures and decorative items which are easy to hang. These sculptures are suitable for […]

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Shalini Austin I am a self taught metalsmith. I make Copper Things.

Work in Progress: Cutting up Salvaged Copper

I have just cut off a large piece from the salvaged copper tank I got earlier this year. The sheet is now soaking in vinegar so I can clean it up and get it ready for crafting copper things. I have to make leaves, bowls and trinket trays for the Lamport Hall craft show during […]

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Mistakes and Lessons

#MarchMeettheMaker The only way to get over mistakes is to treat every mistake as a lesson – swear a bit, maybe even sulk a bit, learn from it and move on to create something new. View this post on Instagram #MarchMeetTheMaker prompt 18. Mistake or lesson I have made, and continue to make, many mistakes […]

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Reducing Waste in my work

Reducing Waste

#MarchMeettheMaker – The 11th prompt for Joanne Hawker’s March Meet the Maker challenge is Reducing waste. I recycle copper when I can. – Copper pipes are fun to shape into sculptures and jewellery. – Copper salvaged from old tanks can be made into wall art, sculptures, jewellery… wherever your imagination takes you really. Here is […]

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#MarchMeetTheMaker Day 5. Detail or close up - Glowing Copper

Detail or Close Up

#MarchMeettheMaker Glowing Copper Detail or Close Up of my work – As Joanna Hawker has said in her post explaining the #MarchMeetTheMaker2019 prompts an opportunity to show a specific part of your product or process. So here is a close up of photo annealing copper. There is a video of this process on the homepage […]

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Tools and materials: Hammers

Tools and Materials

#marchmeetthemaker day 4 is all about tools and materials.  I love my tools. After all one can never have too many hammers… and all kinds of other tools to make metalwork even more fun! View this post on Instagram #marchmeetthemaker day 4 is all about tools ????and materials. My most important tools are my hands. […]

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Copper Leaves: Work in Progress

Copper Leaves: Work in Progress

Copper leaves are just fabulous, there are so many different ways to make them, and so many different ways to give them patina, colour and structure. Using my trusty jeweller’s saw I am sawing a range of copper leaf shapes to make decorative leaf sculptures. I think I will enamel them… but not sure yet. […]

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Playtime

Things I do to get out of tidying up ???? Found a couple of small strips of copper left over from an earlier project so of course I had to play! It is amazing what fun shapes you can create with a simple cross-pein hammer. I will sort the bench out tomorrow…

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Work in Progress: Annealing Copper Wire

Annealing, just one of the things I do quite often when crafting copper sculptures or jewellery. This video is a small clip of the process of annealing thick copper wire to forge a rustic copper cuff. Do follow my Facebook Page if you would like to see more work in progress pictures as I enjoy […]

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Rolling Mill

YAY! I Bought a Rolling Mill!

New Toy! I bought a Rolling Mill and I am so excited! ???? Thanks to the wonderful customers who shopped in my online shop and at the ESC Artists Market in June I was finally able to buy a small Rolling Mill. It will help me create new textures and patterns on my jewellery and […]

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