Saturday, 9 January 2016

When 2 crafts collide

My silversmithing class returned after the Christmas break and I realised I have not show you what I made during the autumn term. The brief set by our tutor was to make something with a hinge. I have made hinged boxes in the past so she suggested that I made a hinged "card" pendant, as she knows my papercraft addiction.

That set me off with lots of ideas. I had a copper metal clay heart which I made some time ago and thought I could use it as a "focal" just as I do on my cards. I wanted to have some writing on my "card".The only way I could do this without engraving, which we don't have the tools for, was to use alphabet punches. I designed the front of the card to show "love" and the inside would reveal the rest of the words.....
 I cut 2 matching pieces of silver sheet and filed the edges. I wrote the words on paper and stuck them to the silver sheet. Using the punches and a hammer I struck the took a lot of patience to get the letters spaced and in a line.
 I also soldered the heart to the front of my "card"
 The hinge was made with thin silver tubing,  measured into thirds and partially sawn through. The middle third blanked out with rouge so that it did not solder and remained "free".
 Once in place I carefully sawed out that middle section
and this piece was them soldered to the front. This was a complex procedure.
It all got so fiddly and there are no more photo but a piece of silver wire was threaded through and then riveted off to make the hinge. Then I had lots of filing and adjustments to made the "card" close.
I added a loop and a jump ring to make it into a pendant. Then there was a week or 2 or filing and polishing.

So do you want to how it turned we go....if you  think photographing cards is tricky sterling silver is just ridiculous!

Hinge side view
The front
Opening the hinge to reveal the inside words 
Another front view

and to give an idea of scale here is my card pendant on an 18" chain.

It's much prettier and shiny in the flesh and I really love wearing combines my silversmithing with my card making, infact I am wearing it as I type this.

So having combined silversmithing with card making my busy creative brain thought...why not combine card making with silversmithing! I seriously had been playing with foil techniques before Tim brought out his January tag challenge. I made a faux riveted card using snippets of foil and lots of tools including staples.
I added some black acrylic paint and then gave it a good rub with sandpaper to give a real grungy rusted feel.
 I added a lovely red embossed heart
 and a Dymo sentiment for a retro look. I put this card in my Etsy shop and it sold in 2 days! I plan to made another version soon.
*******EDIT: 12.1.16....A new version is available via the link here***********
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

WOW embossing challenge anything goes my heart is heat embossed with red embossing powder,
Anything but cute Ring out the old...bring in the new this is a new style male card for me and my first outing of Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous red geranium embossing powder
Crafty calendar something new   this is a new style male card for me and my first outing of Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous embossing powder
Rubber Dance Black white and one other colour....mine is black white and red.
Simon says stamp Wednesday something new this is a new style male card for me and my first outing of Wendy Vecchi's gorgeous embossing powder.
Love to create anything creative/mixed media #27
Crafty friends something new this is a new concept piece for me combining silversmithing with card making.
Simon says stamp Monday something new this the first time I have combined card making with my silversmithing
Art with heart  Favourite things Combining my crafts is one of them!

I love how all my crafts....silversmithing, card making, art journaling, mixed media Moments, knitting, crochet and cake decorating all share some similar elements. It keeps me endlessly occupied and with so many ideas that if I live until I was 100 I would never exhaust them. I actually keep a notebook of light bulb moments so that I don't forget them.

Thanks for visiting me today. Have a lovely weekend and hopefully you will get some time to get creative. I hope to get some creative time on Sunday....and yes my brain is already ticking away with ideas.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. Jane, I love that you have so many ideas that you could live to be a 100 and never exhaust them all...that is how I feel! So many creative outlets, so little time!

    This industrial card is just a pleasure to see! I love how you achieved your tinsmith background and those bold pops of red against the grunge! It's no wonder it sold so quickly! I can see you making a small fortune in Valentine's Day cards!

    Thank you for joining our Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

  2. Wow Jane, your silversmith crafting is very impressive indeed, the necklace is stunning. I love the wonderful card you made for it too, the faux rivets look amazing and the red embossed heart is stunning against the background. Just beautiful!

    Thanks so much for joining in our Ring out the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute. Anne DT xx

  3. Two stunning creations. I love the necklace and the idea for the pendant. The card is also gorgeous and for me the background is the real winner. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends.

  4. amazing Jane - I really love how you have combined your crafty loves - amazing! And your card is brilliant! Hugs rachel x

  5. Oh wow, it's all very shiny over here today!
    I love your pendant, what a brilliantly clever idea, I can imagine the amount of work that went into it, it really is just like a little silver card around your neck. Today's card fits in lovely with your theme today too...clever lady!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend my friend,
    V xxx

  6. Hi Jane!
    I love it when your two hearts collide!
    Your pendant is beautiful and I love how it has inspired you to create this beautiful card!
    Have a great Sunday!

  7. Beautiful, Jane,

    And only you would turn silversmithing into cardmaking, you clever&talented lady! Love your love-pendant!

    Happy&crafty days, stay warm&cozy in your studio!


  8. These are awesome! I love how the one project inspired the other and really enjoy seeing your silver projects. Good job!

  9. Gorgeously handsome card! Thank you for joining our Ring our the Old, Bring in the New challenge at Anything But Cute!

    Paper Talk with Samra

  10. The necklace is fantastic. I love it. Gorgeous card too! Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge in our first challenge of the year. Happy New Year!

  11. O.M.G!! I just *LOVE* your card necklace! I'd love to see a photo of you wearing it to give the ultimate scale of it. What a brilliant idea! Great card, too.. hope you win the competitions! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. A stunning creation Jane, a fabulous design of the locket which beautiful with the heart and gorgeous details!!

    Heather xx
    Thanks so much for joining us with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

  13. Oh my goodness Jane I absolutely adore your stunning pendant, it's an absolute fabulous design in every way. Great to see you can incorporate techniques on your Cardmaking too.
    Julie x

  14. Thanks for sharing your third entry with Crafty Friends 'Use Something New' Challenge... your pendant is stunning, its so lovely and matching card is a great idea, enjoyed reading your post... good luck in the challenge, Diane Louise (DT) xx

  15. Your silversmith pendant is lovely as well as your card. I've not been too crafty this weekend, except for starting a gratitude journal again. Left the inside page blank as I want to color a page from my DO magazine (adult coloring pages) and put it in there. I'm being careful with my back as it became sore on Friday afternoon...sigh...there went some of my plans. Thanks for sharing your art work! Happy week!

  16. When two worlds collide it is magic (unless it's an earthquake)! These two worlds of yours go so well together and the possibilities are endless! That hinged pendant is gorgeous and the way you have I corporated this design into your spectaular card is awesome sauce and amazeballs! Wowzers! That punch of red is perfect! Gloriously done.

    Thanks for joining in our "Ring Out the Old, Bring in the New" challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  17. Lovely Jane, It is true Love is Love and all you need! Just a brilliant piece of work and will be so fun to wear.
    You are amazing, xoxoRobin

  18. Wow Jane, that necklace is really something to admire!! Silversmithing? What!!! Do your talents ever end!!! I love that you combined two forms of crafting together, how amazing, and the results are even more amazing!! I just love the tarnished metal, and that red embossed heart, BRILLIANT!! Love love love!!

    DT time now, Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Bring in the New' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  19. Isn't it wonderful when we can combine our crafts? You certainly made the best out of it with these two! I love your pendant and the card is so cool! Love the background you made. Thank you for joining our January challenge! ♥

  20. I've never tried silversmithing. Great combination of your crafts. Thanks for joining the Rubber Dance challenge. Hugz

  21. Wow, both your necklace and card are fabulous. The red heart on your card is a lovely pop of colour. You remind me a bit of me because I love to try all sorts of arts and crafts although I can't say I am always good at all of them. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

  22. Gorgeous card and necklace. I love how you've combined silversmithing with card making. Thanks for joining in our "Something New" challenge at Crafty Calendar this month.
    Bev x

  23. Hello Jane, You know I'm a big fan of your jewelry making. This was wonderful to see. Isn't it lovely when arts/crafts combine!!

    Here's to more projects throughout 2016....
    Anne D.T. xx


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