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I can’t decide which one I like more?  The tighter weave is more of a statement... I think the looser weave is better for everyday wear?  I’m trying to make a necklace... Huuummm??? 🤔

#basementfun #decisionsdesicions #whichoneboth #handmadechains
On the bench today... that’s right this chain is back! This is the chain I made the flat and round pliers for!  One thing I wanted to note is... Wow mandrel size really makes a difference!  I was trying to make a chain that matched the small sample.  I grabbed a longer mandrel (center punch) that “looked” like the shorter mandrel that I used for the sample.  I didn’t measure... I was like looks close enough... but damn the weave is so much tighter!  Surprising!😲. And this is makes me laugh... I think when I made the sample, I was wishing it were tighter.  But now that I’m trying to match the sample... I’m like damnit it is too tight!!! 🤣. #basementfun #loopinloopchain #loopinloop #sizematters #finesilver #handmadechain
On the bench today... that’s right this chain is back! This is the chain I made the flat and round pliers for! One thing I wanted to note is... Wow mandrel size really makes a difference! I was trying to make a chain that matched the small sample. I grabbed a longer mandrel (center punch) that “looked” like the shorter mandrel that I used for the sample. I didn’t measure... I was like looks close enough... but damn the weave is so much tighter! Surprising!😲. And this is makes me laugh... I think when I made the sample, I was wishing it were tighter. But now that I’m trying to match the sample... I’m like damnit it is too tight!!! 🤣. #basementfun  #loopinloopchain  #loopinloop  #sizematters  #finesilver  #handmadechain 
Got to chill in the loading dock area today #thanksweather very grateful though that all is well where I am, a tornado touched down in the town next to where I go to college aka am rn...
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#weather #storm #tornado #thursday #paidtosit #evacuated #basementfun #hi #thankful #blessed #almosttheweekend #hat #bottledwater #climatechange #safe #rain #☔️ #bored #scary #aliveandgrateful
Upgraded handles for “new” “old” pliers!  After using them for like 2 seconds... I realized that it would benefit me greatly to mark the flat side of the plier... This way I can easily find it without lifting it up to my face every time!!! 🤘

#basementfun #annoyanceleadstogreatness #toolaltering #newold
Upgraded handles for “new” “old” pliers! After using them for like 2 seconds... I realized that it would benefit me greatly to mark the flat side of the plier... This way I can easily find it without lifting it up to my face every time!!! 🤘 #basementfun  #annoyanceleadstogreatness  #toolaltering  #newold 
Tool alter time!  So I found myself shopping for a small flat and round nose plier... but was like hhhummmm. 🤔I bet I can just alter something I already have... (I forgot to take a before picture... ) These are a super cheap round nose plies that I consider junk.. perfect candidate to destroy!!! I grabbed a file dedicated for steel and I filed one of the round noses flat on the inside! 🤗. These cheap pliers just went from junk to probably my go to pliers for getting in tight spots!!!! The reason I wanted round and flat instead of both round... is that I have a chain that I need to get inside of a small space and adjust the wire...but the round nose pliers leaves a mark on the outside of the chain. Whereas the flat does not leave a mark!!!! #basementfun #alteringhandtools #makewhatyouneed #chainmaking #junktotreasure
Tool alter time! So I found myself shopping for a small flat and round nose plier... but was like hhhummmm. 🤔I bet I can just alter something I already have... (I forgot to take a before picture... ) These are a super cheap round nose plies that I consider junk.. perfect candidate to destroy!!! I grabbed a file dedicated for steel and I filed one of the round noses flat on the inside! 🤗. These cheap pliers just went from junk to probably my go to pliers for getting in tight spots!!!! The reason I wanted round and flat instead of both round... is that I have a chain that I need to get inside of a small space and adjust the wire...but the round nose pliers leaves a mark on the outside of the chain. Whereas the flat does not leave a mark!!!! #basementfun  #alteringhandtools  #makewhatyouneed  #chainmaking  #junktotreasure 
Fun with Snapchat filters. I have no clue how and why the kids use it but these are fun. #qwerrrkout #dixiekuppe #campqueen #funwithfilters #dragqueen #dixmke #basementfun #wednesday #wackywednesday #mkedrag #milwaukeedrag
Dipped!  Tool Magic 🤗. Now I’ll let them dry and they will be ready to use tomorrow!  You’ll notice I have nylon/plastic pliers too.... can’t say I like them much 👎... in a pinch I’ll use them if I want to grab something hard without leaving marks... 😏 but the grip sucks... the nylon/plastic destroys to easily.... But Tool Magic!!! 👏👏👏 Can’t say enough about how awesome it is!!! FYI it does stink until it dries... #basementfun #parallelpliers  #hashtagspellingsucks #handmadechains #toolmagic
Dipped! Tool Magic 🤗. Now I’ll let them dry and they will be ready to use tomorrow! You’ll notice I have nylon/plastic pliers too.... can’t say I like them much 👎... in a pinch I’ll use them if I want to grab something hard without leaving marks... 😏 but the grip sucks... the nylon/plastic destroys to easily.... But Tool Magic!!! 👏👏👏 Can’t say enough about how awesome it is!!! FYI it does stink until it dries... #basementfun  #parallelpliers  #hashtagspellingsucks  #handmadechains  #toolmagic 
Wooo hooo new parallel pliers!!! Parallel pliers are my go to pliers!!! And Rio Grande @riogrande had them on sale for $12 each!!! The first modification I always do- I take out one of the springs!!! Or if the spring is too tight I stretch it!  I like a little bit of spring back...but my hands can’t take the full spring action!!! These have tool dip in their future!!! #basementfun #parallelpliers  #riogrande #chainmaking #toolporn
Wooo hooo new parallel pliers!!! Parallel pliers are my go to pliers!!! And Rio Grande @riogrande had them on sale for $12 each!!! The first modification I always do- I take out one of the springs!!! Or if the spring is too tight I stretch it! I like a little bit of spring back...but my hands can’t take the full spring action!!! These have tool dip in their future!!! #basementfun  #parallelpliers  #riogrande  #chainmaking  #toolporn 
Beer & Guitar Practice - learning AC⚡DC Shook Me All Night Long 🎶🎸 🤘😁🍻 #sundaynight #electricguitar #hardrock #rocknroll #guitarpractice #acdc #metal #rock #basementfun #gibsonsgjunior #beertime #gibson #guitar
Finishing up the donut 🍩!!! It has been kicking around for a while... I thought I was going to add more elements to it but decided to keep it simple (stupid). “KISS”. Made a matching bail out the scrap from the back texture.  Really happy with the bail!  I framed it with wire while it was flat, to give it some dimension...and then formed it round. 
#basementfun #texturedbail #sterlingsilver #handmadejewelry #soclosetothefinishline
Finishing up the donut 🍩!!! It has been kicking around for a while... I thought I was going to add more elements to it but decided to keep it simple (stupid). “KISS”. Made a matching bail out the scrap from the back texture. Really happy with the bail! I framed it with wire while it was flat, to give it some dimension...and then formed it round. #basementfun  #texturedbail  #sterlingsilver  #handmadejewelry  #soclosetothefinishline 
Oval chain soldered up.  Chain is okay but I thought it could use some interest.  The plan was to twist all the links into figure eights.  But by shear luck 🍀 after the third one I skipped a link by accident and was wait... that looks better!!!! So I continued the pattern 3 twists 1 regular link... Dumb 😜luck!!! Now it is a cute chain!!! On to the next hurdle... “the clasp”.... #basementfun #handmadechain #solderingpractice #linkbylink
Oval chain soldered up. Chain is okay but I thought it could use some interest. The plan was to twist all the links into figure eights. But by shear luck 🍀 after the third one I skipped a link by accident and was wait... that looks better!!!! So I continued the pattern 3 twists 1 regular link... Dumb 😜luck!!! Now it is a cute chain!!! On to the next hurdle... “the clasp”.... #basementfun  #handmadechain  #solderingpractice  #linkbylink 
Our Young HurdMen are growing up!👑👑👑👑 #BasementFun #HURDCREW
When you have a paper due tomorrow but need a break.. #BasementFun
When you have a paper due tomorrow but need a break.. #BasementFun 
Random tool shout out - to the unsung heroes “Hand Vice and/or Pin Vice”!!! Finally I figured out the best way to hold wire that I am pulling down and need to taper!  I used to hand hold the wire and file a taper on the end so that it could be inserted into the drawplate.  Let’s just say the smaller the wire gets the harder this tapering becomes... and me doing a lot more 😩😡🤬... especially when the wire is greasy from the lubricant that you need to pull the wire down smoothly!  But with the almighty Hand/Pin Vice I can easily turn the wire and taper the end... aaahhhhhh what a relief... 😏

#basementfun #pinvice #pinvicerocks #myloveaffairwithtools #pullingwire #handvice
Random tool shout out - to the unsung heroes “Hand Vice and/or Pin Vice”!!! Finally I figured out the best way to hold wire that I am pulling down and need to taper! I used to hand hold the wire and file a taper on the end so that it could be inserted into the drawplate. Let’s just say the smaller the wire gets the harder this tapering becomes... and me doing a lot more 😩😡🤬... especially when the wire is greasy from the lubricant that you need to pull the wire down smoothly! But with the almighty Hand/Pin Vice I can easily turn the wire and taper the end... aaahhhhhh what a relief... 😏 #basementfun  #pinvice  #pinvicerocks  #myloveaffairwithtools  #pullingwire  #handvice 
Time to cut the links apart!  When possible I like cutting my links apart with shears.  Me and the saw frame aren’t the best of friends.... I did try flush cutters - but by design only one side of the wire is flush cut and the other side of the wire gets squashed leaving not the best soldering joint... But shears much cleaner cut on both ends!  I’m on the lookout for a good shear with  a short fulcrum - like cutting pliers but more shear like! 
#basementfun #ovaljumprings #joycechensissors #handmadechain #sterlingsilverlinks
Time to cut the links apart! When possible I like cutting my links apart with shears. Me and the saw frame aren’t the best of friends.... I did try flush cutters - but by design only one side of the wire is flush cut and the other side of the wire gets squashed leaving not the best soldering joint... But shears much cleaner cut on both ends! I’m on the lookout for a good shear with a short fulcrum - like cutting pliers but more shear like! #basementfun  #ovaljumprings  #joycechensissors  #handmadechain  #sterlingsilverlinks 
So now the fun “burn out “! The point of the paper is to make it possible to remove the links! 
#basementfun #burnout #oppsplasticclosetotheflame 🤭 #thingsyoudontnotice
After wrapping... I used my favorite flattening tool.. “Thumper”. I wish the pics were better, but hopefully you can see the difference. 
#basementfun #ovaljumprings #sterlingsilverwire #thumper
Hand wrapping the sterling silver wire.  Don’t forget to always anneal your wire!!! #basementfun #wrappingwire #roundandroindwego #speedipslightlylol
💡💡💡 Finally realized that I am wasting my time trying to make circle jump rings oval!!!! Why don’t I just make oval jump rings... 🤪👋 (face smack). Sometimes it takes me a min to realize my follies.... Here I made a strip of 18ga bronze sheet and wrapped it with sketchbook paper.  I’ll use this to form the links. 
#basementfun #ovaljumprings #firstyoudontsucceedtrytryagain #squarepeginroundwhole
💡💡💡 Finally realized that I am wasting my time trying to make circle jump rings oval!!!! Why don’t I just make oval jump rings... 🤪👋 (face smack). Sometimes it takes me a min to realize my follies.... Here I made a strip of 18ga bronze sheet and wrapped it with sketchbook paper. I’ll use this to form the links. #basementfun  #ovaljumprings  #firstyoudontsucceedtrytryagain  #squarepeginroundwhole 
HUNTING SEASON IS UPON US... Time to work out the cob webs!! #archery #archeryhunter #targetpractice #wifesaway #basementfun #beararchery
Chain making graveyard!  Still trying to figure out my chain style that I want to use for my glass donut 🍩?Basically developing a vocabulary of chains and trying different techniques... getting close!  Chain making is an Art all in itself!!!! #basementfun #solderrepeatsolderrepeat #figuringoutmymistakes #gettingbetter !
Nothing like a new tank of gas ⛽️! To get excited to melt some metal... in the good way.... lol.. 🤘

#basementfun #newtankofgas #letthefirestart #alwayschainyourtanks #safetyfirst
Woven metal cut and flattened.  I plan on fusing one up and one upside down.  I wove this fast so it’s not perfect... but I like the movement... I think it will have more life after fusing. 🤞

#basementfun #wovenmetal #twistedandtwistedagain #buildanddedtroytobuilditbetter
Hollow weave.. testing out making more pattern sheets!  Mixing things that I’ve learned! 
#basementfun #wovenmetal #experimentingisfun #chopchop
I'm hanging my Bettie Page flag up while Betty Boop makes sure I hang it straight, and Pinky is Practicing Drums 🎶 😉 Happy Humpday ✨ #happywednesday #humpday #pinky #bettiepage #pinupgirl #photoshoot #funny #wednesdayvibes #wednesday #crazypeople #basementfun #pinkflamingo #malemodel #bettyboop #wednesdaymotivation #photographerslife #happyhumpday
☔️🌫☺️ Rainy day... We decided to stay inside and play. Cousins make the best of friends. I love how close these two are. 😍❤️😉 #lazysunday #basementfun #littlegiggles #Imagination
Stack the cup with boys 🍺🏐 #basementfun
@kedjeguld 👏 your trick is amazing!!! I made a solder holder out of an old metal mechanical pencil ✏️ holder.  It had been sitting in a drawer for ages!!! It was the first thing I could find that I thought would work.  I’m still learning how to stick solder... and this holder is a serious game changer!!!! Спасибо, мой друг! @kedjeguld (ps. don’t be too impressed- I googled it 🤫) One other thing I finally learned about stick feed soldering is to heat below and keep the solder above the flame!!! Then when you touch down the solder is sucked down into the seam!!! I was making the mistake of putting my solder in the flame 🔥 and then my solder would ball up and leave way too much!!! #silversolder #solderholder #newinventedtoysrock #basementfun #gamechanger
@kedjeguld 👏 your trick is amazing!!! I made a solder holder out of an old metal mechanical pencil ✏️ holder. It had been sitting in a drawer for ages!!! It was the first thing I could find that I thought would work. I’m still learning how to stick solder... and this holder is a serious game changer!!!! Спасибо, мой друг! @kedjeguld (ps. don’t be too impressed- I googled it 🤫) One other thing I finally learned about stick feed soldering is to heat below and keep the solder above the flame!!! Then when you touch down the solder is sucked down into the seam!!! I was making the mistake of putting my solder in the flame 🔥 and then my solder would ball up and leave way too much!!! #silversolder  #solderholder  #newinventedtoysrock  #basementfun  #gamechanger 
Life is about balance!  Some days you have it, some days you don’t!
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#balance
#tryeveryday
#housewife
#housewifelife
#homeallday
#flexibility
#staybendy
#basementfun
#cameratimer
#housewifestatus 
#sahm
#sahmlife
#piyotoblame
Going plate crazy... positive, negative, and larger... I’ll have to test how these transfer on to sterling... #basementfun #alwaysexperimenting #brassplates #saltetch #saltetching #etchingwithelectricity
Happy Labor Day weekend! #childlabor #basementfun
Time to etch with salt water and dc current!  Fun gadget.... I think it is the same as a rectifier.  Basically it takes AC (aka house current) and turns it into DC (like DC battery current). And cool thing is that you can touch this and not get zapped!  Yes, I tried... 🤪 Watch the etching magic.... opps forgot and moved the brass plate closer to the anode (aka copper plate) I think it works faster closer??? I left this in for awhile and got a nice deep etch...flipping it every hour.  If you etch slower it is more smooth.  You can crank this sucker up and etch fast but the results are more irregular.  Then good old elbow grease and steel wool works the best to get off the toner.  Side note I just switched from HP toner to Xerox toner... and I am super happy with the results.  Transfer went onto the metal well, held up to the etching and I think I was easier to scrub off!!! +++. Thank you circuit board makers!!!! #basementfun #saltetch #saltetching #retifier #dccurrentrocks #meandmytoys
Time to etch with salt water and dc current! Fun gadget.... I think it is the same as a rectifier. Basically it takes AC (aka house current) and turns it into DC (like DC battery current). And cool thing is that you can touch this and not get zapped! Yes, I tried... 🤪 Watch the etching magic.... opps forgot and moved the brass plate closer to the anode (aka copper plate) I think it works faster closer??? I left this in for awhile and got a nice deep etch...flipping it every hour. If you etch slower it is more smooth. You can crank this sucker up and etch fast but the results are more irregular. Then good old elbow grease and steel wool works the best to get off the toner. Side note I just switched from HP toner to Xerox toner... and I am super happy with the results. Transfer went onto the metal well, held up to the etching and I think I was easier to scrub off!!! +++. Thank you circuit board makers!!!! #basementfun  #saltetch  #saltetching  #retifier  #dccurrentrocks  #meandmytoys 
Blue PnP transfer for making my pattern sheets.  I like to take 16 gauge brass and work harden before I salt/electro etch it.  Then I drill both ends- I’ve noticed that the bottom of the plate etches faster- so during the etch I flip the plate to try and get it even.  Then I clean up the holes with a larger drill bit(I love this trick!) and scrub and clean the brass.  You have to get all the oils off of the metal or the pnp toner will not transfer well.  And then it’s time for the t-shirt press!  You can use an iron to transfer the pnp... but that got old fast... t-shirt press you can set the temp and duration.. it has a lovely beeping alarm🚨NOW super important.... wait for the metal to be completely cool before peeling of the pnp.. You will get the best results this way.  My transfer came out great... but I thought it was lacking some depth... so I grabbed my paint marker and darkened some lines... looking much better!  Then just tape off the back of the plate so it doesn’t etch too!

#basementfun #saltetch #pnpblue #xeroxprinter #brasstransferplate
Blue PnP transfer for making my pattern sheets. I like to take 16 gauge brass and work harden before I salt/electro etch it. Then I drill both ends- I’ve noticed that the bottom of the plate etches faster- so during the etch I flip the plate to try and get it even. Then I clean up the holes with a larger drill bit(I love this trick!) and scrub and clean the brass. You have to get all the oils off of the metal or the pnp toner will not transfer well. And then it’s time for the t-shirt press! You can use an iron to transfer the pnp... but that got old fast... t-shirt press you can set the temp and duration.. it has a lovely beeping alarm🚨NOW super important.... wait for the metal to be completely cool before peeling of the pnp.. You will get the best results this way. My transfer came out great... but I thought it was lacking some depth... so I grabbed my paint marker and darkened some lines... looking much better! Then just tape off the back of the plate so it doesn’t etch too! #basementfun  #saltetch  #pnpblue  #xeroxprinter  #brasstransferplate 
Sunday funday.... when your 4 yr old Rides better than your 10 yr old🤦🏾‍♂️. Downstairs and out of my hairs🕺🏾💪🏾😂#basementfun
Sunday funday.... when your 4 yr old Rides better than your 10 yr old🤦🏾‍♂️. Downstairs and out of my hairs🕺🏾💪🏾😂#basementfun 
Random grab on my bench.. just testing what would happen if I pressed the fused woven pieces from before... one “right side up” the other “bottom side up”. And boy did it destroy my mold!!! Good to know... these acrylic molds can’t take too much abuse!  I had some rip out on the “right side up “. I went a little too deep.  And the piece was thinner than the “wrong side up “... WSU reminds me of a peanut 🥜 lol... Now I have to figure out what to make with these... #basementfun #destroy #create #fusedwovenmetal #wovenmetal #silverpeanuts
Random grab on my bench.. just testing what would happen if I pressed the fused woven pieces from before... one “right side up” the other “bottom side up”. And boy did it destroy my mold!!! Good to know... these acrylic molds can’t take too much abuse! I had some rip out on the “right side up “. I went a little too deep. And the piece was thinner than the “wrong side up “... WSU reminds me of a peanut 🥜 lol... Now I have to figure out what to make with these... #basementfun  #destroy  #create  #fusedwovenmetal  #wovenmetal  #silverpeanuts 
This picture illustrates the curving issue!  The hydraulic pressed shapes should work out much better!

#basementfun #curvedenamels #taketwo #stilltryingtofigureout how to make the wires stand up on a curved surface... 🤔
Made a quick acrylic mold.. for the hydraulic press.  Retrying to make the earrings without all the curving! 🙃

#basementfun #hydraulicpress #hydraulicmolds #copper #baseforglassenamel
I'm just playing  some pool.
#fun #basementfun #pool
So I’ll slowly realizing that my initial shape wasn’t correct.  This piece to slowly curving more and more with each fire ... I didn’t notice it right away... I’m gonna have to try these again with a hydraulic press mold of this shape..that should solve the bending issue!  But the colors are working well... I’m having fun layering them!  Lower section then upper section... I need to cold work them.. but I’m a little afraid that because of the curve.. high chance of cracking these... playing around with them... I’m liking them paired with the matte glass elements.... huummmmm... #basementfun #bentenamel #timeformoldmaking #lovewetpacking
So I’ll slowly realizing that my initial shape wasn’t correct. This piece to slowly curving more and more with each fire ... I didn’t notice it right away... I’m gonna have to try these again with a hydraulic press mold of this shape..that should solve the bending issue! But the colors are working well... I’m having fun layering them! Lower section then upper section... I need to cold work them.. but I’m a little afraid that because of the curve.. high chance of cracking these... playing around with them... I’m liking them paired with the matte glass elements.... huummmmm... #basementfun  #bentenamel  #timeformoldmaking  #lovewetpacking 
Wet packing the enamel!  This is the best part!!! Took awhile to get here!! But let the colors begin!

#basementfun #firstlayer #glassenamel #hopethisworks
I’m using the same colors I used for the harvest moon plus some purples!! I used to be afraid of washing enamels.  But I have to say.... sifting out the “fines” and only washing small amounts is super easy compared to what I’ve tried before with coffee filters!! Plus I seriously love these little beakers.. they are awesome! 
#basementfun #prettycolors #washedenamels #glassbeakers #onedayillmakesamples
I’m using the same colors I used for the harvest moon plus some purples!! I used to be afraid of washing enamels. But I have to say.... sifting out the “fines” and only washing small amounts is super easy compared to what I’ve tried before with coffee filters!! Plus I seriously love these little beakers.. they are awesome! #basementfun  #prettycolors  #washedenamels  #glassbeakers  #onedayillmakesamples 
Okay so my theory didn’t quite work as planned.  The foil didn’t quite sink into the enamel as I thought it would.  When I pulled them out of the kiln some of the foil wasn’t laying down flat.  So I put it back in and I think I over fired it!  I did not realize that where the glass did touch/fused to the foil..it pulled the enamel glass away from where the foil was touching.  You can see it in the foil.  I burnished it down and even though it is a “mistake”. I kind of like the look of it!  But since I did over fire it... I’m a little worried about the different thicknesses....🤔 #basementfun #learningthroughtrialanderror  #almostsuccess #texturedmetal #finesilverfoil
Okay so my theory didn’t quite work as planned. The foil didn’t quite sink into the enamel as I thought it would. When I pulled them out of the kiln some of the foil wasn’t laying down flat. So I put it back in and I think I over fired it! I did not realize that where the glass did touch/fused to the foil..it pulled the enamel glass away from where the foil was touching. You can see it in the foil. I burnished it down and even though it is a “mistake”. I kind of like the look of it! But since I did over fire it... I’m a little worried about the different thicknesses....🤔 #basementfun  #learningthroughtrialanderror  #almostsuccess  #texturedmetal  #finesilverfoil 
Make paper patterns for cutting the textured foils.  I’m trying Elmer’s glue to hold down the foil.  My goal is to heat up the piece to fuse the foil to the enamel. 
#basementfun #paperpatterns #elmersglue #experiments #finesilverfoil
So since I’m over sifting enamels...I thought I would just wet pack the front of the piece.  I decided to use the “fines” (aka fine particles of glass enamel- that are normally considered bad for clarity.  I sifted my enamels earlier to separate the fines). The front is gonna be covered by the textured foil so it doesn’t have to be pretty... last step adding cloisonné wire to separate the foils. 
#basementfun #wetpackingenamels #usingthefines #glassenamel
So since I’m over sifting enamels...I thought I would just wet pack the front of the piece. I decided to use the “fines” (aka fine particles of glass enamel- that are normally considered bad for clarity. I sifted my enamels earlier to separate the fines). The front is gonna be covered by the textured foil so it doesn’t have to be pretty... last step adding cloisonné wire to separate the foils. #basementfun  #wetpackingenamels  #usingthefines  #glassenamel 
Time to enamel some copper.  I’m using 26 gauge.  I almost grabbed my jewelers saw... and was like duhhh use the Joyce Chen shears!!! I love these scissors!!! ✂️ least pic...I’m starting with counter enamel...I’m slowly learning I don’t like sifting enamels...I mush prefer wet packing... so much more calmer of a process... #basementfun #copper #joycechenscissors #counterenamel #stilllearning
Time to enamel some copper. I’m using 26 gauge. I almost grabbed my jewelers saw... and was like duhhh use the Joyce Chen shears!!! I love these scissors!!! ✂️ least pic...I’m starting with counter enamel...I’m slowly learning I don’t like sifting enamels...I mush prefer wet packing... so much more calmer of a process... #basementfun  #copper  #joycechenscissors  #counterenamel  #stilllearning 
Time for the magic!  Texture transfer.  I like to use a manilla folder to sandwich my metal.  I was worried about there being enough pressure to get a good print.. So, I folded a paper towel on top.  I didn’t want to use the paper towel directly because it could have left an impression of it’s pattern as well!  Woohoo looking good! So I tried another pattern... #basementfun #texturedmetal #rollingmilltransfer #silverfoil #tada
Time for the magic! Texture transfer. I like to use a manilla folder to sandwich my metal. I was worried about there being enough pressure to get a good print.. So, I folded a paper towel on top. I didn’t want to use the paper towel directly because it could have left an impression of it’s pattern as well! Woohoo looking good! So I tried another pattern... #basementfun  #texturedmetal  #rollingmilltransfer  #silverfoil  #tada 
Trying something... I noticed that the corner of the sheet was thinner.  So I cut off a strip annealed it and tried to mill it down some more.  Success!  The smaller sheet did mill down thinner!  I’ve noticed that with the rolling mill... the wider/larger the sheet... the harder it is to mill down.. #basementfun #thinnermetal #finesilverfoil #durstonrollingmill #stillhungrylol
Trying something... I noticed that the corner of the sheet was thinner. So I cut off a strip annealed it and tried to mill it down some more. Success! The smaller sheet did mill down thinner! I’ve noticed that with the rolling mill... the wider/larger the sheet... the harder it is to mill down.. #basementfun  #thinnermetal  #finesilverfoil  #durstonrollingmill  #stillhungrylol 
It is metal pasta time!!! Milling down some fine silver sheet.  Experimenting with making my own textured foil for enameling.  I milled the silver down as far as my mill would go (rollers closed down). #basementfun #finesilver #metalpasta #thinmetal #whoshungry
These boys never stop...
#rainydayfun #ripstick #basementfun
😂 I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun just sitting in someone’s basement before.  #yepwerefriends #sillyfaces #takingofchristmaspics #basementfun #itsthelittlethings #laughsallday #roblookssoscared
These two have so much fun together! 😍 #gourmetfood #adventures #basementfun #cheesehead #nerfgun #friends
Wow! Couldn’t resist reposting!! #Repost @thewelldressedhouse 
What a fabulous basement remodel! Loving the nook under the stairs! 📷 credit: @meme hill studio .  #welldressedhouse #realestate #hutchinshomes #basementfun #pleaseaddtothetodolist!
This genius and his crew working at our house!  Previews coming soon... #family #hardworking #basementfun
The fun is endless at Grandma & Papa’s House 🏡 #basementfun 💗 “Papa you play a game with me downstairs?” #trophymuch @cathyrounseville
The fun is endless at Grandma & Papa’s House 🏡 #basementfun  💗 “Papa you play a game with me downstairs?” #trophymuch  @cathyrounseville
Reviving my #fan, bought at #fortunoffs on #longisland, in #1984. #itsalive!!! #wasabouttogiveup #amazing!! #wd40 #itsback. 😃🌪💨☃️💥 #basementfun #needtogetoutmore?
Basement ninja warrior fun!! #climbtime #basementfun
Working out has a way of making you feel like you had the best day ever! 🙌🏻😀
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Must be from those happy chemicals flowing through my body. .
Don’t believe me, try it! Even on my worst days, a workout makes me feel so much better.
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#momhouse #athome🏡 #basement #basementapproved #basementfun #ponytails #mommaslife #motivationformoms #momsclub #coopersburg #centervalley #bethlehem #sonographer #happymommy #happychemicals #dopamine #hypothyroidism #victoriasecrets #happydays😊 #makeyourownhappiness #quakertown #allentown
Working out has a way of making you feel like you had the best day ever! 🙌🏻😀 . Must be from those happy chemicals flowing through my body. . Don’t believe me, try it! Even on my worst days, a workout makes me feel so much better. . . . . . #momhouse  #athome 🏡 #basement  #basementapproved  #basementfun  #ponytails  #mommaslife  #motivationformoms  #momsclub  #coopersburg  #centervalley  #bethlehem  #sonographer  #happymommy  #happychemicals  #dopamine  #hypothyroidism  #victoriasecrets  #happydays 😊 #makeyourownhappiness  #quakertown  #allentown 
Yesterday we (and by we I mean @cajofish 😍) built, and today they play! After last years long winter I designed a simple solution for all the winters to come! Indoor playgrounds may not be everyone’s jam, but for a mom of four little, this is what sanity looks like 🤩🤩🤩 #motherhood #indoorplayground #diy #momof4 #mamalife #momlife #familylife #trainingforlife #enjoythejourney #funforall #basementfun #sanitysaver #play
Tread carefully. This couch fort is occupied and its cannons are out.
#kidforts #basementfun #rainysaturday
Japanese Beer Review Friday night, Holy Shit! KIRIN ICHIBAN 🍻 #tgif #japanesebeer #rocknrollrules🤘 Awesome weekend for sure 🍻 #holyshit #rock #heavymetal #beerporn #saturdaynight #weekendvibes #kirinichibanbeer #kirinichiban #basementfun #motorhead #beerreview #beerfun #beerlove #10outof10 #beertime #drinkresponsibly like me 😊
Not a master of camouflage. 
#catsofinstagram #basementfun #tuxedocat
Oops... dropped it!!! Lol... 🤣  anyone familiar with glass can see that check across the corner.... damnit... well gonna refire with a little bit of clear enamel touch up that I was thinking of doing... lowered my kiln temp to 1430... liking this temp!!! I learned a lot on this piece! 
#basementfun #basementstudio #whatanight #firefixeseverything
Oops... dropped it!!! Lol... 🤣 anyone familiar with glass can see that check across the corner.... damnit... well gonna refire with a little bit of clear enamel touch up that I was thinking of doing... lowered my kiln temp to 1430... liking this temp!!! I learned a lot on this piece! #basementfun  #basementstudio  #whatanight  #firefixeseverything 
Trying to show the colors... hard to see with my basement lighting 💡 
#basementfun #basementstudio #boomerangenamel #prettycolors
Filing down the cloisonne...First my 3M diamond file followed by 150 then 220 stones.  I read about fire polishing.... so I gave it a go.  Not sure I like the fire polish... wire got dark and surface not as perfect as I’d like... rethinking fire polishing.  @jtower_jewelry do you fire polish or hand polish your pieces? 🤔

#basementfun #basementstudio #stilllearning #howtofinishthis #grindingagain
Filing down the cloisonne...First my 3M diamond file followed by 150 then 220 stones. I read about fire polishing.... so I gave it a go. Not sure I like the fire polish... wire got dark and surface not as perfect as I’d like... rethinking fire polishing. @jtower_jewelry do you fire polish or hand polish your pieces? 🤔 #basementfun  #basementstudio  #stilllearning  #howtofinishthis  #grindingagain 
Yay! First successful cloisonne project!  Abstract harvest moon 🌙... You can see the order that I layered the colors.  I started with the dark enamel (darkest was actually the lightest enamel 🤔) and then just felt my way through the coloring.  I’m really happy with it 🤗 Now it just needs to be cold worked.  Boy do I wish I had a cabbing machine!  #basementfun #basementstudio #cloisonneenamel #kickingbooty #wetpackingenamels is so much better than sifting!!!!
Yay! First successful cloisonne project! Abstract harvest moon 🌙... You can see the order that I layered the colors. I started with the dark enamel (darkest was actually the lightest enamel 🤔) and then just felt my way through the coloring. I’m really happy with it 🤗 Now it just needs to be cold worked. Boy do I wish I had a cabbing machine! #basementfun  #basementstudio  #cloisonneenamel  #kickingbooty  #wetpackingenamels  is so much better than sifting!!!!
Mysterious basement advice. #laundry #laundryday #advice #basementfun #spiders
Playing with cloisonné! 🤗  I tried a copper base with sliver foil. My foil is too thin... but I thought I’d try it anyway... I wasn’t sure what I was going to make.. but after firing the foil... it started reminding me of the moon!  So moon it shall become!  On a side note... I really like how the foil looks in the counter enamel... giving me some ideas for something else... !🤔 #basementfun #cloisonneenamel #playing #overthemoon #learning
Playing with cloisonné! 🤗 I tried a copper base with sliver foil. My foil is too thin... but I thought I’d try it anyway... I wasn’t sure what I was going to make.. but after firing the foil... it started reminding me of the moon! So moon it shall become! On a side note... I really like how the foil looks in the counter enamel... giving me some ideas for something else... !🤔 #basementfun  #cloisonneenamel  #playing  #overthemoon  #learning 
#basementfun 
#гуляшки в подвале 🎢🎠🏓🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️😻😻
Who knew Harrod’s could be so fun! 😁🍾
Who knew Harrod’s could be so fun! 😁🍾
Summer storms; selfies in the basement, naturally. We are currently in a beard growing competition, so there's that. Haha 😁❤😜
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#tornadoeshailohmy #basementfun #family #cousins #bros #broski #guys #guyswithbeards #scruff #instaguy #men #gay #instagay #gayman #gaybro #gayswithbeards #gayscruff #cutegay #cuteguy #gaygeek #gaysingle #photooftheday #sundayfunday