Recently I spent time with friends on a hike at Sope Creek Trail in Marietta, GA. It was great to get outside and breathe in the fresh Fall air, even if only for a few hours. The scenery was gorgeous with lots of sunshine, colorful leaves, a babbling creek and a beautiful lake. One of the highlights was getting to see the ruins of a Civil War era paper mill that was burned by Union soldiers in 1864. I was impressed the ruins had survived this long with the built-up surrounding areas.
A few pics. from the hike:
One of the great things about living in north Georgia is that you don’t have to drive far to find such serene, secluded places. I really should take advantage of that more often.
So, being outdoors was just the inspiration I needed to finish another jewelry project. I began working on these copper bangle bracelets in my metalsmithing class, but needed to finish the one in the middle to make a complete set I was happy with. I love the contrast among the different textures! These were made from a nice, thick gauge of copper wire, thicker than the one I showed you before. I’m enjoying the beauty of copper, especially when given a patina and tumbled to a shine; it has a warmth to it.