Back to Work!

Remember yesterday when I told you I was taking a "play day"? 

Well, here's a look at what took place:

Some un-finished designs just out of the LOS

I played around with some copper and brass,....hammering, putting texture on metal, punches holes in things, wire wrapping and even dipping stuff in LOS - Stinky!!

But it was fun!!

Mike playing with fire.

Mike was out in the garage workshop area - melting stuff!

Mike's pewter goodies

He's got this thing with melting pewter and making molds and cool stuff.  

Some of Mike's melting tools and his pewter crosses

This is my work area of the garage compared to his.

See the old sewing machine in the corner and that old clock up top from a few blog posts back?
Mike actually did learn to sew on that machine. And the clock, well, we're still trying to get it to work.

I don't usually play with fire like he does.

When I do,'s just small stuff. Or if I feel like some heat, I turn on the kiln (which isn't often). 

My trusty, old kiln!

Haven't seen one of these since the stone ages, huh?! 

I traded our friend a 6 pack of beer for his first kiln he used with his dental business - I got the better end of the deal!  She's a trusty thing!

The Masked Rider hangin' with us in the garage studio

Even "Axl" (aka - the Masked Rider) was in on the fun.  Ever watch the t.v. show, In The Middle?  You know, Axl Heck, the no shirt wearing, walking around in his underwear, doesn't own a hairbrush, teenager?  Yep, that's pretty much our son too. Seen here in his 'Axl Costume' (un-masked)!

Having fun with colors!

I did manage to play with some of those beads I showed you all yesterday. The filigree ones were plastic and their color was chipping off so I thought it would be a good time to play with some of my alcohol inks. 

Their colors turned out really cool. Now I just have to seal them and then wipe them with some Ren. Wax.

Playing with all sorts of stuff

And, I played with some of my gilder's paste from over at B'Sue's Boutiques, too - used it on some of her brass findings and also on some of my embossed Vintaj blanks.  Fun Stuff!

Playing around with some Gilder's Past and Alcohol Inks

We played until later in the evening then fixed dinner and talked about our favorite part of the day.

Mike's Fun Crosses

A pewter ring and a pewter, screwy-thingy-ma-bob for the tree house.

Might have been seeing the storm roll in.

It was a beautiful, fun and wonderful day all around!

Hope you're all geared up for the week and that you took some time to play or relax this weekend!

Until Next Time,

Peace, Love and Getting Back To Work!



  1. Love those earrings! -Wow, would love to find a kiln like that, especially at that price. I have a drill/buffer that would match perfectly ;)

  2. Sounds like a good day for the family, thanks fro sharing.

  3. How great the whole family can play are all so creative!
    Do you dip pearls/turquoise in LOS? So far I have ben too afraid to do that..have been dipping wire first and then making.

  4. Jenni - It depends on the pearls and the turquoise as to whether I dip them in my LOS - these I did. The turquoise had been stabalized and so it was okay for the LOS and the pearls had a really thick nacre and were free from most blemishes, and since they were only in the LOS for less than 30 seconds it didn't harm either type of stones. But, you do have to be careful - some gemstones it can damage - especially unstabalized Turquoise and if the pearls are left in too long it can cause them to lose a bit of their luster or if they're chipped it can harm their nacre.

  5. Love the results of your family play time. Especially the painted and paste treatments on the beads. Amazing outcomes. Love Mike's pewter work, too.
    I just purchased some alcohol inks to play with on polymer clay, but wanted to try it out on metals too. My hands are a mess today because I was too stubborn to use gloves.


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