Here are some new focal pieces that I am working into designs right now:
For this one, I started with a piece of 1.5" square copper and etched it with one of my favorite designs. Then I cut a section of 7/8" copper tubing and soldered it to a piece of brass that was etched with a clock-themed design to make a bezel. The bezel was then soldered to the copper square and aged and tumbled for a beautiful patina. I placed the stamped metal "wish" into the bezel and filled the whole thing with resin.
For these butterfly focal pieces, I used the same procedure as I did on the piece above, but this time I filled the bezel with solder first and then aged and tumbled them.
The piece on the left I colored a finding made for leatherwork using Staz-On red ink and heat-set the color. I then set the floral finding in the bezel with a heishi bead in the center of the flower and then filled it with resin. The piece on the right was made using the same procedure, except that I didn't use any color on the charms.
For this piece I simply soldered a piece of the copper tubing directly to the 1.25" x 2" piece of etched copper and aged and tumbled the piece. I filled the bezel with one of my fused glass cabochons and filled and domed in and around the cabochon with resin. It is always difficult to capture the colors in glass, so you'll have to take my word for it that this glass has beautiful eggplant, gold and ivory colors floating in it.
Below are a couple of pieces that I've posted before, but wanted to highlight the ICE Resin that was used in the focals:
Here is a list of other fabulous bloggers participating in this blog hop - check out their amazing work:
Ro Bhrun http://robruhn.blogspot.com/
Karen Burns http://web.me.com/vintagefindings/Vintage_Findings/Blog/Blog.html
Keecia Frazee Deveney http://www.lemoncholys.blogspot.com/
Mary Jane Dodd -- Mary Jane http://mairedodd.blogspot.com/
Melanie Earthenwood http://earthenwood-beads.blogspot.com/
Shea Fragoso http://www.whathappensnext.typepad.com/
Kerin Gale http://remnantsofolde.com/posts/
Vickie Hallmark http://fiberartglass.blogspot.com/
Jill Liles http://livngoodjewelry.blogspot.com/
Jess Italia Lincoln at Vintaj: http://www.vintaj.com/wpblog/
Heather Powers http://www.humblebeads.blogspot.com/ and http://www.artbeadscene.blogspot.com/
Amy Purdes http://www.spritecreations.blogspot.com/
Jenny Barnett Rohrs http://www.crafttestdummies.com/
Stephanie Rubiano http://www.soigathered.typepad.com/
Lisa Sommerville http://www.lisasomerville.com/
Kim Taylor http://sassycrafter.blogspot.com/
The Objects and Elements Design Team and Susan Lenart Kazmer:
Jen Cushman http://www.objectsandelements.typepad.com/jencushman/
Deryn Mentock http://somethingsublime.typepad.com/
Kristen Robinson http://kristenrobinson.typepad.com/
Barbe Saint John http://barbesaintjohn.blogspot.com/
Susan Lenart Kazmer http://susan-lenart-kazmer.blogspot.com/
Much thanks go out to Jen and Objects & Elements for organizing this fun hop! Have a fantastic Monday!