This is what is on my beading table at the moment...excuse the fluff and debris in these photos!
I have been working on wire working basics the last couple of weeks and this week have been brave enough to try and make a few metal components from copper tubing...it has a been fun..I have even done a little soldering on the big bead...originally I had caps on the end of this larger bead but I just couldn't get it to sit right..so decided to solder some flattened jump rings to the ends of the tube...you can see the solder..I am not very practised in this technique at all!
It is amazing how long these little things take to complete...I have been at it most of the day!
I still need to put these in Liver of Sulphur and then polish them up. The corrugated beads are brass.
The two beads on the left are copper tubing hammered with a ball pain hammer for additional texture.
The long one with beads was originally a round copper cut-off, hammered in to a flatter shape. The dangles are very fine tubing that the Italians use to build their glass beads on (They then soak them in acid to remove the copper) This was VERY tricky to cut..using normal cutters flattened and closed the hole...eventually used a little saw to cut it.
I have had a lot of fun making these elements...still have a way to go...they are a bit rough! Today I am linking up to Bead Table wednesday...please click on the Btw log on my blog side bar to take you to the public flickr site for lots of beady fun.