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Please visit my other Etsy shop for extraordinary personalized jewelry -
http://etsy.com/shop/copperphoenixdesigns

This bazaar journey began a few summers ago after I had done some landscaping on my front yard. A little mound at the side of the house needed something. Having slept on the problem for a few nights, I decided a windmill would fit the spot perfectly. There are lots of windmills but I just couldn't find one that was right so I decided to make one and the material of choice was copper. I'd never done any metal work before but had some basic soldering know-how, a pair of tin snips, vice, files, hammer, etc. By pure luck, I found some new roofing copper at a local salvage yard. From the moment I started working with that beautiful metal, I was hooked. After a couple practice works, I finally built the windmill…

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Please visit my other Etsy shop for extraordinary personalized jewelry -
http://etsy.com/shop/copperphoenixdesigns

This bazaar journey began a few summers ago after I had done some landscaping on my front yard. A little mound at the side of the house needed something. Having slept on the problem for a few nights, I decided a windmill would fit the spot perfectly. There are lots of windmills but I just couldn't find one that was right so I decided to make one and the material of choice was copper. I'd never done any metal work before but had some basic soldering know-how, a pair of tin snips, vice, files, hammer, etc. By pure luck, I found some new roofing copper at a local salvage yard. From the moment I started working with that beautiful metal, I was hooked. After a couple practice works, I finally built the windmill.

One piece lead to another, and another, and so on. My shop, tools and skills expanded and now I guess I'm a metal smith. Mostly self taught, trial and error, a couple craft classes and lots of reading. Some people call me a jeweler which I privately chuckle at. I've never worn jewelry myself but started making it to explore the ways copper and now silver can be fashioned. Each piece is a miniature work of metal art. It is my creative outlet and I am deeply honored when one of my pieces is chosen.

My thanks to a supportive wife and family. Without which this would not be possible.

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