I have had a sheet of 18 gauge brass sitting at my desk for awhile now. I originally bought it when I first started learning metal smithing. Something to practice on. I quickly moved on from it because I just am not a fan of bright yellow gold looking jewelry. Just doesn't seem to go with my skin tone I guess.
The other day by way of a mistake I realized that heating the metal up and then buffing it with some steel wool really makes for a nice looking piece. It mellows it out and really gives it an antique sort of feel. Once I came across this discovery I starting getting excited about working with it since my Sterling Silver is running low at the moment.
Here is a necklace I recently made and is now in my Etsy store for sale.
Here is a bracelet I made as well. Also for sale in my shop.
On another note-
I miss working out. I use to go to the gym quite often a few years back when we lived close to one that we could afford (memberships are EXPENSIVE aren't they? sheesh!). Then we moved sort of out in the country and bought a treadmill to keep in the garage. It got boring after awhile and we really only could use it when the weather was a decent temp outside. So, lately all the exercise I get is walking my dogs and cleaning my house. I have been just dying to get back into it. Today I woke up all motivated. I put on my work out clothes and ran down the street and back(which wasn't very far at all) and decided that running sucks. Haha. Ugh it's just so hot here in TN right now. I can't believe there are people who actually enjoy running. I wish I was one of them...