Making a button from recycled copper from scratch:
These are just some left over bits of copper. Using the hardy hole in the anvil and the rounded side of the ball-peen hammer, I start forming the top of the button. It's fairly thin copper, so I don't make it too deep. I always wear gloves, I find that when I hammer myself instead of the copper, it hurts less.
|Forming the button|
|Metal punch out the holes|
|Cut out the top of the button|
|The bottom plate punched with holes|
|Cut copper tube just a bit longer than the button is thick|
|Flare the tube out|
|Almost a button|
|A button, it's about the size of a quarter|
Meanwhile back in the kitchen, I'm dyeing with walnut hulls!
|Walnuts in the paint strainer bag|
|Worsted and fingering|
We are opening up our strawbale studio for tours this weekend! The Loveland Art Studio Tour is on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 15 & 16. I put up the link to the website a couple of posts ago if you want more information.
I'm looking forward to it! Tomorrow I'm going to be making food for our visitors - cookies, hummus, and other yums.