In addition to this ring, we worked on small wire pieces to learn to refine our soldering and torch skills.
After practicing with copper, we worked on a silver piece and then extended the project to learn to use prong settings
We worked on using different metals and then added a post earring back. I have only made french earring wires so far, and I am glad to expand my jewelry making vocabulary. I lost one of the earrings somehow in the process....but they were just for fun/learning/practice. So no tears will be shed.
We experimented with making twisted wire using a drill and it was so fun that my mom and I twisted up an entire spool of blue wire and then made them into little things yesterday before I returned back home. I ate my lovely baked oatmeal at a nice local restaurant, and my mom and I twisted wire. We must have looked kind of funny with our tool kits and spools of different wire.
My friend the heron...this is a form I have drawn a lot over the last couple of years. Across from my house is a little pond with a pretty heron that frequents. I use the form for lyno stamp carving, drawing, pottery images, etc...I have gone through making a short series of them so I can get used to bending this twisted wire. It behaves very differently than a single wire. Pretty pretty pretty!
Here is an example from my series of dragonflies that I also did out of the twisted wire. I still need to work on making them into plant labels or other variations.....They are just really simple, really pretty, and quick!
Today was my first day home and stationary for an entire day. I worked a little in the garden. I puttered around the house changing sheets and putting dinner in the crock pot.
I then sat down to do a little soldering work. After making a copper practice design on top of several drawn designs, I worked on this series of sterling silver trees. I will likely put little loops on the tops to become pendants. I feel I have been very productive today, and I have blogged about it! That means it really happened, right?