Well I really wasn't planning on going 2 months between posts but when you have no internet, it kinda makes updating the blog a bit tricky. Long story short: my modem died...I had very limited access to the internet...after much frustration and aggravation, I'm finally connected again. Hallelujah!! So, now that I'm up and running once more, I am ready to start sharing some of my pics from my first project.
We started by measuring out and cutting sets of wire of 3 different lengths.
After filing, bending, soldering, pickling, and cleaning up, I was ready to shape them on the mandrel.
Using the hammers and mandrels to shape and add some texture.
I decided to give each circle a different texture.
I wanted to do something a little different than the demo our teacher gave us.
Instead of having the rings one inside the other, floating freely, I soldered mine together in a stack.
My teacher showed me how to make a paddle earwire which I liked better than hanging from a standard earwire.
It was pretty easy to solder on and added an extra design element, in addition to some balance, to my earrings.
I loved making these earrings and will definitely be making more of them when I finally get my hands on some tools. There are so many variations and things you can create with just some simple circles.
I can't wait to see where my imagination and creativity takes me!
Welcome to the Open Studio Blog! I'm excited to share with you my on-going journey of creating my dream jewelry studio. Up until now, my jewelry making consisted of simple beading and wire work but I have always wanted to get into metalsmithing. I finally have gotten that opportunity and am loving every minute of it!
I want to use this space as a way of documenting my projects, as well as allowing you, a fellow handcrafted jewelry aficianado (and hopefully a potential customer) to see what actually goes into making a handcrafted piece of jewelry. I know that taking this class has brought my appreciation level of jewelry designers/makers to a whole new level.
I've got bunches of photos to share from my current class...this is just a sneak peek of what we've been working on. I'll be posting more soon so be sure to check back in a few days!.