The Moment is Now

I spend so much time thinking about what next that I often don't notice what I am doing at the moment. I am working on relaxing my mind so I can be open to the flow. Seems like when I am creating something the hours in my studio fly by.

My creative process, great learning resources, and ways to help the planet by repurposing are the theme of this blog. You are about to enter "the world according to Jan." Hope you find it a-musing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Take the Pain out of Tax Day - Sign up to Win OM Rock Pendant

I love the beach.  Whenever I go I end up with a pocket full of rocks.  Now I can turn them into jewelry.  The Om Rock Cairn Pendant is fashioned after trail markers.  I like to think of them as connecting you to the planet and helping mark the correct direction in life.

Personally, I spend more time dreading filling out my tax forms than it actually takes to fill them out.  Because it is such a pain, I have once again decided to have a tax day giveaway.  You will be entering to win one of the rock cairn pendants.  You can check all the different variety of cairns by clicking on either my Etsy or Artfire shops you see over on the right. 

You can earn up to six entry points through Raffelcopter.  The more the merrier. 
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Friday, March 9, 2012

Painting with Fire- Torching a Patina on Copper

Fire can transform a piece of copper into a rainbow of color.  Loving to work with fire, I have numerous torches.  For my birthday I bought a Blazer butane microtorch to use in soldering.  It is a great little torch because you can add oxygen to the flame to get the right amount of heat.  Also nice that it starts with pushing a button rather than a lighter.  Any torch will work  however.

Variations in color
Some people make a piece of jewelry then heat it with the torch to get the look they want.  I chose to patina an entire sheet because I want to make earrings out of it and I want them to look similar.  Heat patina is tricky because you don't really know the results until you remove the heat.  The metal changes first from gold, to orange, then reddish, green, blues and finally black.  You can see all the different possibilities here in this photo.

I put the piece of metal on a tripod and heated it from underneath moving the torch around so as not to overheat the metal.  When a color I liked magically appeared on the surface I removed the heat.  If you hold the torch without moving it you get something that looks like this.  The back of the metal is black because  it got really hot, but I think this will make a nice earring.  I just let the sheet of copper cool naturally so I could watch the colors emerge and decide it I wanted to hit it again with heat.

Getting the patina to stay can be an issue because the lacquers will muddy the colors and dull the finish.  Here is a forum where people suggest different products but I am just going to let nature take its course and see what happens.  I'll post some jewelry I make out of this sheet and let you know about finishes as I experiment further.  I have read that you can also patina in an oven but that wouldn't be nearly as much fun.

If you got questions, leave me a comment and I'll do my best.