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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I Finished My Tute! ****Fused Copper Hearts****

I like challenging myself. First, I challenged myself to fuse copper. Then I challenged myself to try to write a tutorial about it. This has easily been my most difficult to write. And, talk about photographing it...!!! BUT, I persevered and now have a great tute to offer everyone that I know will prove to be very useful. I haven't even exploited all the uses of fusing. I'm still playing with it. I began with hearts and hummingbirds and quickly went to 2 and 3 wire fuses for bails. One pair of fused rabbit ears became a form for making a woven bail, which is separate from the piece. This isn't taught in the tute, but the basics are there for people to explore. I am really excited to see what other artists do with this new technique. 


What I am teaching is three different ways to fuse copper. Yes, it can be done and without flux. Once you learn the rules you can do new and different things.

 Here are the simple hearts that I used in the tute.
All the variations in the heart forms are taught. I also include what to look for, what to look OUT for and how to deal with a bad fuse. I go into some basics of the torch and of the fire. I have wonderful pictures that worked me to death AND- for the first time- I include video. 3 videos. They are the perfect accompaniment to the pdf. They are NOT stand alone instructional videos, but real time demonstrations of the procedure from 3 angles. There is no audio, but there is great video. (I used my glassblowing lens on the video camera so there is no flare blocking your view!) You get 4 downloads with your purchase. I want everyone who is interested in fusing and who understands its potential to be successful learning it.  

I'm as excited about this tute as I was about learning to fuse. I don't think that anyone risking the money to buy it will be disappointed. Check out the tute in the store for more details.

9 comments:

  1. Tela...I took about 2 seconds to decide to download this tute and am sooooo going to get right on it! Thanks for providing me the chance to learn this technique as I am so into copper. Now, I have to go see if I have a tip for my propane torch, I have been only using the micro butane torch for so long that I forget.

    Hugs for all you do...Susan

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan! I sincerely hope that you find the tute easy to follow and that you easily learn this technique. Please do share what you make with it. Be sure to read the part about propane/air versus propane/oxygen. I only used a propane/air torch. Hugs back :)

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  2. Decided to at least write a note before I am off to purchase the tutorial. Congratulations on getting it done. You have been working hard. I am very excited to give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

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    1. Hi Christine :) You know what? I took the whole day off yesterday. :) No computer or jewelry. It was weird, LOL!

      Thank you for the support and for trying out the tute. I can't wait to see what your fertile mind comes up with.

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  3. Oh my gosh, congratulations! I'm so excited! I know that is something that I most definitely want to learn. That opens up a whole new world. I've been so busy spinning my wheels trying to open my little shop up. It's such a long process. I haven't been able to get to your other tuts and I'm itching to do them. I can't pass this opportunity up, even though I not ready. Tela, thank you for doing this for us!

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    1. Kate, getting a store open is lots of long, hard work, I know. I still have work to do on mine and never seem to find that block of time.

      I DO hope you find the tute useful. I'm still working on new ideas for fusing myself.

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  4. Tela,

    Ohmigosh, this tutorial looks and sounds fantastic! I'm sitting here, scheming ways I could make 15 dollars in a short time (because I'm that broke). I think I'd make a pretty cute bankrobber, but the ski mask might make my hair frizz. ;)

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  5. LOL!!!! Too funny- just don't put any sequins on that ski mask, it would be a dead giveaway. I can see the headlines now, you'd be dubbed the she-quined bandit. LOL!

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