Thursday, December 1, 2022

You Will Never Look At Wire Wrapping Or Soldering The Same Way Again!


Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love


"You will never look at wire wrapping OR
 soldering the same way again!"  


That's my reply when asked to describe my book, Soldered Alchemy

Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love
Learn how to make this amazing necklace pendant!
This project is entitled Ocean Talisman Pendant and the directions for 
how to make it are on pages 68-71 in Soldered Alchemy.


In my first jewelry instruction book, Boho Chic Jewelry, I taught you how to solder using a soldering iron and showed you how to make your own beautiful jewelry using upcycled things like old broken china plates, pieces of old lace and leather, buttons, old belts, and other salvaged, recycled, repurposed items. 

I enjoyed hearing how people loved learning how to make their own jewelry from these items (and if you create a project from one of my books, please share your photos on my Facebook page!)

Now we continue our exciting journey into the world of soft soldering with my new book, Soldered Alchemy, where I introduce exciting new techniques for both solderers and wire-wrappers alike! 


You will LOVE the beautiful projects inside!


What exactly is soft soldering? 

Soft soldering is melting and binding metals using an electric soldering iron (instead of a torch with a flame) and lead-free jewelry solder. This jewelry solder has a lower melting point than other harder metals such as sterling silver so you do NOT need a torch or any kind of open flame to melt it and work with it!

You can create soldered jewelry at your kitchen table! You do not need a workshop or flammable cylinders of gas or open flames. Solder is amazing! And it is SO much fun to work with! Anyone can learn how to make soldered jewelry. If you haven't tried soldering yet, you are missing out!

What's so special and amazing about this new

I can't wait to tell you! 

In Soldered Alchemy, I have created an entirely new jewelry making technique where I combine wire wrapping with soldering. The end result is jewelry that has a unique, magical look - a look unlike any other jewelry making technique out there!

In Soldered Alchemy, I teach you the basics of soldering (for first time solderers) and also the basics of wire wrapped jewelry (for first time wire wrappers) and then I show you how to combine the two together to create 24 fabulous projects! 

I teach you to create every single project in the book from start to finish with beautiful, eye-candy full color photos and easy to follow, step by step instructions. Even if you are a complete beginner, this book contains everything you need to know to learn how to solder like a pro.

If you are an experienced jewelry maker you will love this book for its new ideas and inspiration! Or maybe you are a beader and have never soldered and have never made any wire jewelry - wait till you see how you can incorporate some of your favorite beads into these unique designs. You will be inspired!

copyright Laura Beth Love, Soldered Alchemy
Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love
Learn how to make this amazing necklace pendant in Soldered Alchemy.
You can use any type of bead for the center of this pendant. I used a teardrop shaped
briolette stone bead. This project is entitled Perfect Storm Pendant and the directions for 
how to make it are on pages 52-55 in Soldered Alchemy.


Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love
front cover


Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love
from the back cover

This book also gives you the full list of tools and materials you will need to get started. It's my hope that you will learn from this book, that you will be inspired by it, and that you will enjoy it!

Have you already read Soldered Alchemy? If so, I'd love to hear what you thought about it, so please feel free to leave me a comment on my facebook page or Instagram page and let me know what you think. 

Last but not least, if you purchased the book on Amazon, I would be so grateful if you would take a moment and leave me a review! 

Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love



Image from the book Soldered Alchemy ©Laura Beth Love

As always, if you have any questions, leave me a comment or drop me a line and I will do my very best to answer. I value your opinion and would love to hear what you think! Until next time, don't forget to join me on YouTube for jewelry making videos!
Laura


   
Learn how to solder and make unique jewelry!


My broken china jewelry is always available for purchase at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns

This post was originally published on 10/28/2015 and has been revised and updated for 12/1/2022

This What Happens If You Roast Your Turkey Upside-down


It started off like any other Thursday...except it didn't, because this was Thanksgiving Thursday and I had been defrosting this nearly 22 pound beast of a gobbler on a broiler pan in my fridge since the previous Sunday. 

Nearly five days of hogging up the best shelf in the fridge and it was finally time to get it into the oven to roast! I double check the weight and then then double check the roasting chart (which said 4 to 4 1/2 hours at 325° F.)

I readied it's bed.


Sheets of foil precisely folded and pieced together atop a broiler pan (previously sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) 
and covered with a nest of diced fresh celery and onion - awaited.


There was a heave, and then a ho, as I hoisted the fowl with tremendous strength and then placed it with precision onto it's bed. 

Wait, wait! I need to salt the insides, then melt some butter to spread throughout! With my eyes constantly on the wall's timepiece I calculated carefully the hours and minutes to-and-fro the hearth. I mean oven. 

Alright, so wrapped up it went in for four and a half, and I opened the foil for the last hour or so to achieve the golden-brown hue.

Finally, the time had come. One last great heave-ho and out of the oven it went. 

It was beautiful. I let it rest for ten minutes while I began to greet my guests. 

Then I commenced the carve. 

The meat carved with a bit of difficulty. Perplexed, I continued. The meat was dark. I continued to cut. Where was the white meat? Now not only perplexed, but now also concerned, I stepped back from my endeavor. Where is the white meat where is the white meat why is this so difficult...I glanced once more at the carving guide (which I usually never bother with as I just take it from oven, rest, and then just carve) but... 

I look from the guide to the bird and from the bird to the guide and read as the guide says, "locate the drumstick and pull" and I look and look, a then a moment of pure confusion engulfs me as I stand there feeling lost and small, unable to find the drumsticks. Something just wasn't right. 

And then the realization struck me. 

In the hustle and rush of the morning I had mistakenly roasted my turkey upside down!  

(In case you missed it the first time - this turkey is upside-down)

I was supposed to roast it breast-side up, but in my rush to get it into the oven on time, I didn't bother to check its position and was just happy to have it roasting away while I prepared the rest of the dinner. 

Now my daughters and I stood there staring at the steaming bird and wondering, how were we going to flip it back over? It was burning hot and heavy. But with extra hands waiting, I just grabbed the bird and gave it a big turn onto its other side.

Glistening juicy turkey breast awaited. It sliced more perfectly than ever before, falling off of the bird with ease. 

A short while later at the dinner table my guests gushed over the turkey - it was perfect,  they said, the best they had ever had...juicy and tender and perfect!



It was perfect. They were right. And I came to realize that I hadn't made a mistake at all, but just accidentally came to learn the correct way to roast a turkey! I highly recommend you try it too!

Happy Holidays! 
Laura

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

I Went To An Aldi Grand Opening At The Crack Of Dawn!


I went to an Aldi grand opening at the crack of dawn! My girls and I love Aldi and I was so excited to hear there was a new one opening up near me...and by the way I am in no way affiliated with Aldi aside from being a customer...this is not a paid post or anything like that, but if you are an Aldi fan then you already know they have a cult-like following of loyal fans. (Check out the Aldi Reddit to see what I mean!) So I thought I would just share the experience because #1 it was a lot of fun, and #2 to document that I actually can get up early in the morning if the right motivation is there!

About a month or so after finding out about the new store there was a small announcement of a Grand Opening celebration in our small, local new outlet. If it would have been a widespread announcement I probably would not have gone, since I'm not a big fan of giant crowds and waiting outside in the cold for long periods of time. 

But I figured that not many people would have heard about the grand opening so that put the odds in my favor! My daughter and I arrived around 7am on a cold November morning to find ten to fifteen people milling around the new Aldi's front doors. 



We got in line and soon an Aldi rep came by and handed us each a plastic card with a number on it - my daughter was #15 and I was #16...they were giving out gift cards and goodies to the first 100 people so we lucked out!


We waited outside for about an hour and half while others came and lined up as well, and by the time they had the ribbon cutting ceremony there were probably about 150 or so people there. 

Once they cut the ribbon they opened the doors and welcomed us inside, and our numbered cards were collected and every person who had a numbered card (there were 100) got a big Aldi grocery bag filled with Aldi favorites that they had chosen for us...and each bag also contained an envelope with a gift card - I had heard they were from $10 to $100 - ours were each for $10.




The store was beautiful and completely stocked as you would figure it would be for a grand opening. We bought our Thanksgiving turkey (Perdue Premium at a special $1.07 a pound!) and a few other groceries and headed on our way. 

My daughter noticed the coveted quarter holders on a table on your way out the door - yes, I finally got one!



Once we got home we unloaded the Aldi bags of goodies that they had gifted us and you can see above the fun selection of items above, which they called Aldi favorites. It was nice to get to try some new things that we would not have usually purchased. They also gave us some coupons good for the next few weeks to be used only at the new store. Aldi doesn't accept coupons since their prices are already so low, so this was a nice bonus. 

One last thing, I am aware that you folks are unable to comment below on my blog posts! I don't know what happened to cause this and I hope to one day figure it out, but in the meantime, I will always share my blog posts to my Facebook page so feel free to comment there! 
Have a great week! 
Laura








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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Soldered Alchemy Has Been Republished and is Now Available On Amazon!

 


Hi friends! I have GREAT NEWS for all of you who have been messaging me and waiting patiently for more copies of Soldered Alchemy to be printed! 

Soldered Alchemy has just been republished and is now available for purchase on Amazon! Yay!


From the back cover...

I have been working super hard to get this out to you in time for the holidays and for once I am right on time! Lol 

I published this second printing of Soldered Alchemy with a brand new ISBN number and you can find the new book at this link: 

This book is the same as the first printing so if you already own a copy, you do not need to purchase it again - I updated one or two very small things in the reprint but it is still considered a first edition.


So if you don't yet own a copy, get yours today and grab one for a friend! 

I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!
Laura


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New Broken China Jewelry from Dishfunctional Designs

Hey friends! Here is the rest of the jewelry I listed yesterday in my Etsy shop, all brand new pieces made from broken antique china.  As always, some of these are one-of-a-kind pieces so grab them when you see them! 


I also have a fun, bigg-ish announcement so stay tuned!!

All pieces pictured can be found it my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns










All pieces pictured can be found it my Etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/dishfunctionldesigns


Last year I had to suspend my international shipping due to the very long delays - you can contact me through my  shop if you have any questions about this and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. The good news is that I have again opened up my shipping to Canada!

In the meantime, Happy November! I hope you enjoy looking at these and be sure to check back later for more...

With kind regards as always,
Laura


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