Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
My fingers are killing me. I've spent the last 3 hour in my basement studio fusing fine silver rings together on bracelets and earrings. I love being able to use the torch without the fuss of solder. The fine silver just melts and fuses together. I am getting pretty good to this, but my fingers still hurt from opening and closing rings and trying to get them to fit together just right. Plus I did a lot of cleaning up my PMC fresh from the kiln with a brass brush. It's not exactly easy on the hands. Oh well, I gave up on manicures years ago.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
OK, I've been really busy in the studio the last few weeks, making PMC pieces. I really love the metal smithing class, but I have to say that it's not really as fulfilling for me as creating with metal clay. There is so much more fuss, and planning involved. And to tell you the truth, I am not really turned on by all the hammering. As far as the torch goes, soldering is a lot of fun, but the nasty pickle is, well...nasty.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I finished the silver earrings. After soldering the silver wire to each flower, I threaded them through holes I drilled, and balled up the tip of the wire with the torch. Of course I screwed it up and had to redo a couple of torch firings. Plus I almost lost one of the tiny flowers on the studio floor when it flew out of my hands when I was polishing it. Thank goodness we retrieved it by sweeping up the floor!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Craft Alliance and learn more techniques but I will stick to metal clay at my home studio.