Yesterday I worked on a Longship brooch for one of my Etsy customers. I love this copper and silver pieces as it is really simple but very striking. I'm hoping that this will be a popular items at craft fairs here on Orkney.
I thought I'd show you a few of the stages I go through to make it.
I draw a template on cardboard and attached this to a sheet of copper
Using a fret saw and a thin blade, I saw around the template
Once pierced out, I file down any rough edges
Then cut out the sails stripes from silver
Next job is to solder the all of the silver embellishments to the copper. I place all of the metal into an acid bath for a few minutes to get rid of any dirt and grease. Then I apply flux and solder and heat the entire piece until the solder melts and flows.
The brooch then has the clasp and brooch pin attached and then it is polished
I hope that you like it Sarah!
On the way back from the daily dog walk on the beach, I noticed these beautiful pure white snowdrops had appeared at the front of the house. This, along with me spotting a couple of hares boxing last week, surely must mean that Spring is finally on its way! :)