Thursdays shop of the day is Julie Lockhart from CoparAingeal
I really do love what I do. I love looking down into my hands and seeing what was nothing moments before, to finding that I have created something both beautiful and interesting. I don't mind the rough skin or messed up fingernails. I thank God that he allows me to work. I can't wait to see how my work evolves.
I can't really nail down a starting from for myself as to when I began creating jewelry. I seem to have always been tweeking one thing or another. I remember making friendship bracelets on an old piece of wood that my dad nailed 2 small nails into. Then I remember weaving hair wraps on anyone with bearly enough hair for me to attach one.
13 years ago I took my grandmother to the Mayo Clinic for some tests. We where there for two weeks. While she would be testing I would walk around and just check out the city. That was when stumbled into a bead stop and bought my first spools of art wire. I spent the rest of the time that we where there sitting in the hotel weaving intrecate little baskets. Things just continued to evolve from there and here I am now. =)
"People have appreciated the beauty of copper and used it for at least 10,000 years. There is more to copper than just its lovely color and its decorative use.
Ancient Egyptians used copper for their water pipes. Explorers like Christopher Columbus relied on copper sheathing on his ships' hulls to protect them from barnacles and other infestations. Modern ships still use copper based paints to do the job.
Later on in the 18th and 19th centuries, scientists like Ampere, Faraday and Ohm revolutionised our use of copper for they discovered copper's amazing electrical conductivity and heat transfer properties. It is now a very important industrial metal. We also use copper in coinage, in cookware, roofing, statues and in jewelry. Sterling silver contains 7.5% copper. Brass and bronze are copper alloys or mixtures.
Copper also has biomedical applications. It is biostatic which means bacteria won't grow on it which is why some hospitals have copper door knobs. Copper piping is vital for air-conditioning systems to reduce the possibility of Legionnaire's disease. Some companies like Cupron have found ways of incorporating copper into textiles making antimicrobial bed linen for hospitals possible. These textiles will still work despite numerous washings.
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But copper is like oil - supplies are finite. The price of copper has been rising sharply since 1999 although it has dropped recently due to the global economy slowdown. If world demand for copper continues to grow, one estimate suggests it may be as little as 25 years before supplies to run out."