Joe Meineke

March, 2011

One Decade Copper Stainless & Bronze Pocket Rosary

One Decade Copper Stainless & Bronze Pocket Rosary by RefinedByFire. Recently listed on Etsy, this is my latest pocket rosary.  This is a very durable piece, one that you can carry around in your pocket and not worry about it breaking. It is made of full-hard stainless steel, 99.9% pure copper and includes a Bronze [...]

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Copper Rondelles

A couple of days ago I was contacted by a craftswoman on Etsy who asked me if I ever made copper rondelles.  Nope..  Never..  I told her that I am not set up to make them. Later, I started thinking about it – why couldn’t I?  Isn’t a rondelle just a flattened sphere?  So out [...]

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Copper Bead Tutorial

I’ve published my copper bead making tutorial for anyone who might be interested in making their own or, if you’ve ever bought these beads from me, you can see what goes into making them.  Enjoy!

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New Beads ~ Sterling Silver Brazed Copper

I’ve been experimenting with a new bead design incorporating Sterling Silver in my hand made copper beads.  So far I am pleased with the results. Prior to forging them into their final shape, I braze on solid sterling silver wire on random areas of the bead and then, following another good cleaning / de-scaling,  texture [...]

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One Decade Sterling, Copper, Stainless & Bronze Rosary

One Decade Sterling, Copper, Stainless & Bronze Rosary I decided to use my copper / sterling beads in a new design now featured in my shop on Etsy. It’s a one-decade rosary featuring a nice bronze reproduction crucifix/center and 316L stainless steel wire:

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The Old Rugged (iron) Cross

These crosses make very nice gifts and are fun to make too.  I use 1/2″ mild-steel bar stock for these crosses and 1020 steel bases. One fun fact about these crosses is what’s inside!  I first drill a 5/16″ hole in the bottom of the cross to a depth of about 3/4″.  I then fill [...]

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A Bench for the Wife

This is a project I completed last summer for my wife.  She wanted a simple bench that we could use at our kitchen table to accommodate our growing family. My inspiration for this design came in part from a highly skilled professional blacksmith, Jeff Gawell, who owns The Forge at Cedar Hill. His spiral staircase rails are [...]

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Stainless Steel

Fist a little background… Back when I made my very first rosary I quickly learned how difficult it is to make your own chain.  There is a video tutorial on olrm.org that discusses one method in particular that looks really neat, but I could never quite get the hang of it.  This was partly due [...]

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