I finished my silversmithing class a couple of weeks ago. The two years have sped by and have been enormously enjoyable. I took my most recent pieces in to be looked at by the tutor and she seemed really pleased with my grasp of soldering techniques. When I first started classes I would try to avoid soldering, but I quickly realised that there were things I wanted to create that could only be made with a flaming torch, so I gritted my teeth and got to grips with it. The piece below is the culmination of all those efforts, the tutor said it was a 'masterly demonstration of soldering' and I felt chuffed to bits!
The forget-me-not piece is done, a nice way to incorporate some soldered leaves and some melted silver nuggets. I have a new toy to play with over the summer, a sand casting kit, so that I can make other shapes from melted silver. This involves lots of heat and a crucible. Scary but fun - I'll let you know how it goes.
I love wire wrapping, it's so absorbing and meditative, the sweet little butterfly has some Swarovski crystals in it and is suspended from a special necklet that holds a nice curve. It's called an Omega Chain and comes from Cooksons. Anything more complicated would not be appropriate for such a delicate piece.