Saturday, January 21, 2023

New Free Soldering Workshop - Ancient Egyptian Ankh Pendant




Hi friends, I hope you are having a great week!

I just published a new, free video workshop on my YouTube channel that teaches you how to make a beautiful ancient Egyptian ankh pendant, so be sure to check it out. (you can also watch it below)

The materials are simple - all you need are soldering supplies (links to those can be found in the description below the video on YouTube), and some silver or copper wire.





Be sure to check it out and don't forget to subscribe. Have a great weekend!


Watch the entire video workshop here:                       

And when you visit my YouTube channel, be sure to check out my other videos and see all of my cool projects!




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Friday, January 20, 2023

January 2023 Thrift Haul Video!


Hey friends! In my last post I shared some recent thrifting finds from right before the holidays. Today I am sharing my latest and greatest finds from the past two weeks.

As always, I love to share my best discoveries with you, some big, some tiny, but all fun and all worth sharing.



I found some pretty great finds on my last trip!
(watch the video below to see what I found!)




If you missed the first of my two new thrift finds videos, you can find the first one here (or you can watch it over on my YouTube channel. Be sure to check out all of my other thrift haul videos while you're there! I will post the second video in a new blog post soon.




Be sure to leave a comment on the video and let me know which is your favorite find! 

Have you ever found something amazing, a great deal, or something just pain awesome? Share your finds in the comment section below the video, I'd love to hear from you!
And when you visit my YouTube channel, be sure to check out my other Thrift Haul videos and see all of my cool finds!




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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

New Thrift Haul Video - Fancy Glass, Kitty Cat Cookie Jar & More!




Hey friends! I hope you had nice holiday, had some time to relax, and had a great New Year!

I've had a few great thrift store finds lately and I put together two short videos to share them with you so you can see my treasures!

Thrifting is so much fun because it always begins as a mystery since you never know what you might discover. 



The thrill of finding something cool is a great feeling, and then later on at home, doing a little bit of research and finding out the value of  your thrift shop finds is fun as well.

The first of my two new thrift finds videos is below, you can watch it right here or you can watch it over on my YouTube channel. Be sure to check out all of my other thrift haul videos while you're there! I will post the second video in a new blog post soon.


   

Be sure to leave a comment on the video and let me know which is your favorite find! 

Have you ever found something amazing, a great deal, or something just pain awesome? Share your finds in the comment section below the video, I'd love to hear from you!
And when you visit my YouTube channel, be sure to check out my other Thrift Haul videos and see all of my cool finds!




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Thursday, December 8, 2022

New Broken China Jewelry In My Shop!

 


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! 












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


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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Laura
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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