New Mother & Baby Silver Keychain for father deployed in Iraq.
Right, melted 14kt gold into lovely little balls!
HERE IS A LOOK AT MY SILVERSMITHING & JEWELRY FABRICATION PROJECTS FROM SCHOOL -
IN ORDER OF FIRST TO LAST - (Top to Bottom)
Jan - March - I'm in the Silversmithing & Jewelry Fabrication program - FINALLY!!
Finally I am so excited to report that I am in the SilverSmithing (MetalWorking) program at SFCC!! I enrolled this semester along with the GREAT professional jewelry design & fabrication program that is taught by the woman who started the whole jewelry program at SFCC six years ago, Diane Tintor.
It is becoming quickly evident just how much work and time I will be putting into these classes: not just studio and demonstrations; but in open studio and on my own time, but I am more than willing and Dave and I are both committed to whatever it takes.
Already I am meeting so many interesting, creative fellow students and I am amazed at how many find themselves taking the same semester programs over and over to really hone and perfect individual skills. I am not sure exactly what my expectations were - but there is SO MUCH more to this program than I could have even known. I really feel that my skills will take a great leap ahead as I understand & master more professional design principles and abilities.
Not to mention a lot of physical labor and elbow grease. The SilverSmithing program is not specifically focused on Smithing for jewelry, but overall principles and skills as taught in the original, ancient art of MetalSmithing.
POUND, POUND, POUND - SAW, FILE, SAW, FILE, FIRE AND THEN...POUND SOME MORE!!
I will update my "Chit-Chat" here as I learn more about these skills and how I can implement them in my jewelry designs in the future. My first projects started last week - *Sinking a bowl* for SilverSmithing; and designing an Overlay or Applique' Silver piece for Jewelry Design Class.
JEWELRY DESIGN & FABRICATION
Project #1: Applique' or Overlay.
JEWELRY DESIGN & FABRICATION
Project #2: Chain, Fusion & Integrated Pendant.
Here's *Part A* of this project - fused fine silver that is woven into a chain.
Chain caps, symmetrical clasp and Canadian Goose charm are Sterling Silver.
*Part B* - an integrated pendant with chain (including stone setting) is on the bench now!
Here's what I have been working on for final critique this week.
I have yet to 'cold connect' or rivet the links together - they will swivel and move so the 'chain' is flexible.
FIRST JURIED SHOW
Lastly, one of my pieces was entered in my first juried show at the college. The gallery & exhibition opening is May 18th & it runs through mid-August. Yipee!
IMAGES FROM THE SFCC JEWELRY STUDIOS - SILVER SMITHING & JEWELRY DESIGN & FABRICATION CLASSES 2006
Jewelry Design & Fabrication Class:
Silver Smithing & Metal Work Class:
SILVER SMITHING / METAL WORK / HAND FABRICATION
**We are working in Copper for this class as the cost of heavy gauge (18 ga.) sheet Sterling Silver is prohibitive!!
Project #1: SINKING: Sinking (or 'bowling') a copper bowl.
Primary Jewelers bench area. My husband custom made the bench and the topper!! (Plans for the bench
can be found in Tim McCreight's book "The Complete Metalsmith"
My torch and anvil / steel block setup. Second custom cabinet my husband is building (with sliding shelves).
The new location of my Design Desk. A majority of my design library.
Sheet Silver, Strips and on the right a box of various bezel wires and scrap silver.
My Personal Cabachon inventory (NOT FOR SALE). I have hunted and collected these for use my own
projects; As you can see I have a hard core addiction to rare American turquoise.
On the right, are some of my metalsmithing hammers.
TORCH SETUP (Acetalyne gas; Planning to add a second hose)