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Look what I did this weekend!
Big wall of beautiful beads!
I didn’t buy any – now I have a reason to go back!
background and sewing pattern wallpaper.
There’s a miniature crown dying to come out of here!
Yeah, me too!
I might have wanted to cry a bit when walking into this set up. You see – I don’t do fire, or metal, or very small things. I think I may have been as beginner as beginner gets! This is the year of no fear though so I decided to suck it up and give it a whirl.
Now for the FIRE! I just love this picture of Sarah demoing the torch. The expression on the other student’s face is pretty much exactly how I felt and I’m sure I had a mirrored face!
Sarah did an awesome job making it less intimidating and even convinced me I wasn’t going to burn down the cute little shop. It wasn’t long and I was off to the task of soldering. To my surprise, it wasn’t that difficult. I can see this being something that just takes time to really understand the nuisances and be excellent at it, but it is also pretty forgiving. My joints came together ok without a lot of mess or obvious “I can see that’s wrong from across the room” errors.
After they were all soldered, we cleaned them up then shaped and hammered them to a finish. I’ve made sure to wear them for the last few days and show no mercy in their care and feeding. They’ve been washed, dropped, stepped on, and pinched and are holding up pretty well. The silver ones are by far my favorite. The copper was fun, but I can really see some the newbie errors on those. I’m not sure if it because the silver is more forgiving or the thicker gauge tolerates newb overheating better. Of course, there’s always the simple fact that I just prefer silver.True test of a class – will I do it on my own? All I can say for sure is not right now. I have a zillion projects and a zillion collections of supplies for said projects. It is just not a good time to pick up a new passion and all of the associated peripherals. In the future – probably. I don’t know that I would make rings again, but I can certainly think of ways to use custom findings, buttons, decorations, or other little metal things on fiber or sculpting projects. I am very glad I went and was exposed to something new and managed to be a grown up and not leave with a armload of new toys!
While you checking things out, be sure to stop by the instructor’s metalsmith work at stectormetals.com. I absolutely LOVE the superhero gallery. It’s so modern, artistic, and just a little bit geeky. Brilliant Sarah! I hope to get by one of Raleigh shops that sells her work in the near future to see it live and in person. I suspect I will be wholly impressed.