Hello all! I am new to all this. A brief history. I make
kaleidoscopes and a couple of galleries are interested in my work/
and a “nature store” chain (I do weird designs like clowns and
stones). They like my free thinking designs, but I used stained
glass techniques, which makes my works really heavy. I am taking
lessons from a jewelry artist to give me a different medium for my
work, and able for me to expand my unique designs. I will say I have
started to make some jewelry, simply because I love to wear it.
I am asking this in this jewelry forum because you all are very aware
of metals and their qualities. I have not found another site with
such quality feedback. I want to make a kscope from copper with a
tree bark effect, i.e., hammer it with a rivet hammer. I bought some
copper tubing from Sears hardware and tried to hammer it,I was
not able to get the design like I did with the flat sheet I got from
a jewelry metal supplier. Question - Is there a difference in the
way copper is processed for different applications? Do I have to
anneal the the low cost piece to get the effect? The next question
would be if I different tubing other than plumbing, who supplies
tubing 1.5" and less. The supplier I use in NY, NY doesn’t go that
wide for an id. If this isn’t the forum please let me know.
I must say, I have only been on this site a couple of days,and it
is the best site ever.