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Just in time to link up to Second on the Second.  I like to look through old posts from the same month in previous years, and so I found this one from June 2017. I chose this one because of the cat connection of course!

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Bleubeard and Elizabeth’s Second on the Second Challenge asks that you bring back a post that you’re proud of or an old one that was shared before anyone knew of your blog.  The post I chose for Second on the Second today is one from June 2017remember this is a second look at an OLD POST, this time from 2017, not a current post! Hope you find it amusing.  Enjoy…

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Today I am making a quick gift for my friend whose birthday is today!  I know I seem to do this a lot, end up making something on the day of, but this time, I have already sorted out the main gift and I just wanted to make a “quick” something extra to go with it.  And it’s these little copper bookmarks.  The picture is a little crappy as it was dark and so it’s a bit shadowy but at least the copper shows up really well!

Here’s some ideas of how the cat looks when in use and to give you an idea of size, here it is on the book cover.

Peeking out of the top of the closed book…

Peeking out of the side of the book…

And how it looks inside the open book…

And the shepherd’s hook style looks like this…

And when in use, it looks cool dangling over the spine…

And inside the open book…

I made two cats and two shepherd’s crooks – one with the green bead and one with the amber bead. However, after I had hammered them, I felt they were too shiny and so to add some depth and interest, I dunked them in a liver of sulphur bath.

This takes no time at all, and after they were done, I scooped them out, cleaned them and polished them up.  You can see the difference it makes below.  It’s really handy for highlighting some of the hammer marks and for inside the spirals.

Here’s a look at the second pair I made …

Compare them to the photos above where they were shiny copper and see which one you prefer.

And again, I really love the spirals after they’ve been treated with the sulphur bath.

Now all I have to do is get them wrapped up and go visit my friend and wish them happy birthday!

So I said at the top of the post that this was a quick gift, and it is very quick just so long as you have everything you need to make it!  I had everything in my house, the wire, the beads, the jewellery pliers, hammer and the sulphur, so it really didn’t take me long at all to make these and so I could make them on the same day as I was planning to give them to the recipient. I love it when that can happen, if you are under pressure and have no gift, and then you can pull out something quick like this from your bag of tricks!  Awesome!  However this will be a lot less quick if you first have to go out and buy all the supplies or order them online and wait for them to arrive!  So please bear that in mind when you see “quick gift” in the post, it really is quick if you have everything already in your stash. 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed a second look or probably a first look, at this post from 2017.


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Bleubeard and Elizabeth
June 6, 2023 9:40 pm

This really WAS a first look for me, Elle. I have everything I need except the liver of sulphur, something I have never owned. Thanks for sharing this amazing and beautiful metal bookmark post with us as your second look on the 2nd.

June 3, 2023 11:50 am

I Loved your June Calendar page and the starry paper you couldn’t resist….Isn’t it hard when bargains need to be taken home! And I love those bookmarks, too,, and how you made them. I have a roll of copper wire but haven’T tried anything yet. Have a great weekend, and thanks for linking to AJJ, much appreciated. Hugs, Valerie

Iris Flavia
June 3, 2023 9:48 am

This is plain wonderful soooo beautiful, you are truly very talented.
I should know, my Brother is (also) a goldsmith (and an optometrist).
I have a black plastic cat as bookmark. Only the paws stick out 🙂
If you are interested I could ask if they still sell it.
I can show on T-Day 🙂

June 3, 2023 12:33 am

I was just using a set of markers for wine glasses that a friend made with a very similar technique. There’s a springy wire circle to attach to the stem of the glass, and an individual pattern of beads to mark each one as distinct. The bookmarks look like a great way to use this jewelry making technique.
best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

June 2, 2023 11:53 pm

Wow, these must be so great to use!a great quick gift. Lovely to see what you were doing in 2017, hugs, Chrisx

June 2, 2023 11:05 pm

I love your copper bookmarks, happy weekend

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