Thanks so much for visiting my new website - BlueHeronJewelry.biz. Thanks to one person and one organization, this endeavor was not so daunting as I thought it would be.
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Check back frequently (wish I could say weekly, but I'm not sure if I'm disciplined enough to write every week) to learn about different aspects of jewelry making: tools and other equipment, gemstones, METALS, finishing techniques, new technology, etc.
As you might notice from my "resume" listed in the upper right corner under Author, I have been involved in many different types of work throughout my life. I'm now 65 years old, and there has never been an endeavor that has stimulated my excitement as much as making art from metal and rocks, using crude hammers and torches to create delicate and beautiful jewelry. If my eyesight will just hold up, I'll be doing this "work" at least another 35 years.
Thanks again, and check the store often for new products. All this writing and "webbing" has got me itching to make something!
What is a dapping punch? A dapping punch is a tool that is used to bend metal. Some punches are pictured above. A flat piece of metal is placed over an indentation in a dapping block, usually made of metal or wood. The punch is then placed against the metal and struck with a hammer to curve the metal in the shape of the indentation.
I'm Cathy Burnham. My resume lists quite a varied work background: