Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Secondly, I have had two jewelry parties hosted by some nice ladies. I did very well and hope to have some more. It is nice to get together and drink some wine and meet new people.
I currently have a terrible cold and can't breathe. I have been holding down the couch for a few days.
I made my husband cut down a tree on Sunday. Went to the farm with my Cousin and her family, and my mom. I accidently chose an 11 footer. Loved Loved carrying it!! I got hives from the needles, then it fell over in the stand. It is not really safe for the sunroom, where I wanted it. It is resting comfortably on the deck, laying down.
What I really need to do is rephotograph all of my jewelry with my cool new macro lens, relist them with the updates. I found a really pretty ceramic tile for the background. I want them all to have a uniform appearance. Soon they will be on Etsy.
Next project is to make some bezel pendants with some of the gorgeous cabochons I have. Turquoise, jasper, labradorite to name a few. I made a lovely hinged one with dinasaur bone, but the hinge wasn't soldered properly. Tried to fix, alas, cracked the stone! (note to self) Never heat with stone already set
Ok, time for a nice cuppa.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
and with layers
Thursday, August 4, 2011
My classmates and I learned to carve wax into a ring, with specific geometric lines. I was always terrible at geometry. After carving our model, which was the same for everyone, we altered it to our own taste, making certain the balance was good, and it wouldn't turn.
Me toiling away with dental tools
Then a funny thing happened. We had done the investments, and placed them in the kilns overnight. The next morning, Nanz went to turn on the gas tanks to heat the silver for casting, and lo and behold, no oxygen. Not so funny.
Jennifer was the studio assistant, and she went off to fill the tanks, but in the meantime...One person had her silver melted by two acetylene tanks. When the container was moved to pour, it was dropped and all the molten silver splattered on the floor, and almost Nanz's bare legs. That was not attempted again.
Next we started carving something of our own. Mine was a ring setting for my Etsy shop. A bezel setting with narrower sides close to the setting.
Mine came out great.During the class, Nanz told me SEVERAL times that I should just send it out to be cast. Now what's the fun in that?
Jennifer is a fantastic enamelist check out her site