Saturday, 21 September 2013

Breaking out of the comfort zone

I must admit I was a bit nervous about my first session at the silversmithing class. Luckily there were 3 other new students who were also unfamiliar with all the tools and equipment in the workroom. Most of the others seem quite experienced. Our first project was a sterling silver ring. This involved using a piercing saw, soldering the join and filing off the lumps and bumps (of which I had plenty). Then we used a rawhide mallet to reshape the ring over an iron mandrel.

I enjoyed how physical it all was – so different to anything I’ve done before. Next week we will complete our rings and we have been asked to come up with some thoughts about what we would like to make. I’ll take my sketchbook along with me next week. I’m keen to learn to do some cold joins by using a drill and rivets as I’m thinking this is something I can do at home. I will save the soldering and chemicals for the safety of the classroom for the time being. Husband much relieved by this arrangement!
Back at home I spent a very happy afternoon making myself a pair of earrings inspired by elderberries, I love the elder tree in it's Autumn guise, with the red stems against the black glossy berries making such a pleasing contrast. I found some wire that was just the right colour, which I made into tiny coils. I’m wearing them as I write and I think they will go with lots of outfits.

 

1 comment:

Julie said...

These earrings are really pretty and nature never gets it wrong when putting colours together and you have created a lovely colour combination with these handmade jewellery earrings and I am sure that you are going to get a lot of pleasure wearing them

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