Sunday, August 16, 2009

Day 5 Jewelry Intensive The END

My lovely week has come to an end :( I think I ended the week with a number of great pieces!!!What a great week!!!

Day 5 consisted of finishing up any loose ends, my big pendant finally got a chain. I made it from wire shaped in the same teardrop shape as the stone. I think it certainly makes a bold statement!

I also set a cute little Turquoise stone, orinally I was planning on a ring with some brass or bronze wire but in the end I made another much more delicate pendant. I think I might save this little beauty for myself, I suspect it might be an everyday piece for me.

Time to go back to the real world of unpacking from last weekends move and going back to work. The most fun part will be building my new studio, we've already got a couple of very large work and storage pieces in that just need tops.

I have expanded my jewelry making knowledge quite alot and I plan to use it all! I'm very happy to have gotten lots of soldering practice and in my new studio I will have a soldering station for sure. I'll finally get to take my torch out of the box and use it!!

I hope you've enjoyed reading about my wonderful week of learning. Look for new non PMC items in my shop. Actually I might create a separate shop for my sterling work, the PMC deserves a shop of it's own.

Thank you Dana, you did a wonderful job and I'm sure everybody in the class would agree!! Can't wait for our little reunion! :)


Friday, August 14, 2009

Day 4 Jewelry Intensive

I can't believe it's almost over, I'm exhausted but don't want it to end. It's been such a fun week learning all kinds of new stuff and meeting 10 really wonderful people!!!

Day 4 mostly consisted of making a bold Sterling Silver band ring. For me it's either a thumb or middle finger ring and it's quite comfortable.

Starting with a strip of Sterling sheet I put it through the rolling mill with a piece of paper with little craft punch cut outs. It's amazing what texture you can get from rolling any number of things through with the silver. Here is the result...

Then measuring it to the proper size and sawing off the excess. Then work and work and shape and shape and pound and pound it in to somewhat of a round shape, the ends have to meet as flush as possible before they can be soldered together. This was the first solder I did without any help and I'm very pleased with it.

Next step, polish and sand and pound some more to make sure it is in completely round and take any rough spots down to a smooth buttery finish. Then I shaped the little flares on both sides which makes a wide band that much more comfortable. Here is the finished product...

This morning before class I am working on shaping links for a chain for my Ruby Pendant (day 2-3 project) so I'll be ready to piece it all together and solder it and then I can set the stone and it will be finished today.

I have started another bezel for a small Turquoise Cabachon that I may make in to a ring or a pendant, haven't actually decided. I'm thinking I'll add some sort of bronze or copper ornamentation to it to show off the lovely inclusions in the stone.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Days 2 & 3 Jewelry Intensive

Days 2 & 3 are surely intense!! We worked on making a pendant and setting a stone. I chose to set a stone I've had for some time, it's a beautiful rather large teardrop of Ruby Fuchite. Beautiful pinkish red with a splash of green.

Because I've been in the process of moving the last month or so I've had virtually no opportunity to make jewelry. Besides not really having the time much of my jewelry making supplies have been packed away. It feels fabulous to once again be creative!

This project included designing around the stone, sawing and soldering the bezel and other componants and setting the stone. Over the last 2 days I've really enjoyed seeing mine and the other students projects come to life, there are some amazing pieces. I tried to take pictures of many of the other projects in process and I'll try to take finished pictures too.

Here are a few of mine along the way from start to finish.

In the beginning, the bezel has been soldered and the cut out been done. The little piece of paper shows the approximate design I'm going for.

The back showing the piece that was cut out, I'm thinking that piece might end up as another piece of jewelry.

Nearly there, just have to make a chain for it.

Here's the finished back, 2 little bails and the back of the stone has lots of personality too, it would have been a shame to cover it up.

I'm very excited to set more stone, lots of ideas floating in my head, I really need to find my sketchbook in all these boxes and get my studio set up!!

Stay tuned for day 4!!


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Day 1 Jewelry Intensive

I'm taking a week long Jewelry Intensive class from Having lots of fun and everybody in the class is great, including Dana our instructor.

Day one consisted of choosing a design for a Copper Pin, sawing it and forging it. I have done some sawing before but nothing along these lines, very intricate and somewhat time consuming work, but the results are worth it.

I always like to take a few minutes to wander around the room and see what everybody else is creating and as always there was some very cool stuff. Wish I'd taken some pictures. Maybe today (day 3....ya I'm a little behind due to many factors lol) I'll take some if the students are willing to share.

But alas today all I have is my first creation, I'm pretty pleased with it. I would have like to have been able to spend more time on detailed texturing but I'll just have to create something else!

So, here is my Copper Butterfly Pin

Tomorrow (which is actually yesterday :), we'll be setting a stone. Creating and soldering a bezel and designing an entire piece around it.