|My physical haul from the kit...plus my earrings!|
|Earrings made from Vintaj blanks and brass stampings...riveted with sterling.|
Now, I have done rivets before, but am by no means a pro at it. Tracy made it look so easy and was really engaging in the videos. I had to put it all on hold until I got back from my beach vacation, but this week I played a bit. The above earrings are Vintaj blanks from the kit, raw brass stampings I had on hand that I riveted with sterling wire following Tracy's instructions. The Fretz hammer worked like a dream and I think made all the difference. These are still a bit rough!
Next, after watching the Tubing DVD, I decided to try a bracelet, but didn't want the dangles, so I opted to streamline and make a bracelet bar with chain. I had 1/4 inch copper tubing on hand, so that is what I used.
|My 1st riveted bracelet!|
|Wow, the Fretz hammer even makes a great prop!!!|
|How it hangs on my wrist...don't like the big jump rings at the sides....must. fix.|
I didn't use the punch/rivet setter yet...I wanted to on the brass earrings I showed earlier, but rivets in the kit were not long enough. Tracy also suggests using brass escutcheon pins/nails for taller stacks, but I didn't have any in my stash.
I lucked out and got a great discount on this set. I think right now it is marked down to half price, but the DVD alone is a great resource. Now, I am off to practice!
***Disclaimer...this is just my 2 cents on this kit!***