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WIP — Pierced Copper for JM1 Class.

I’m tak­ing Jew­el­ry and Met­al­smithing 1 at the Pratt Fine Arts Cen­ter.

Our first project is a ring. The top is made of a piece of pierced cop­per sol­dered to a half dome. Below are pic­tures of the two tops that I made last week. The pat­tern is gluesd on with rub­ber cement and then holes are drilled in the cop­per so that you can thread a jewelr’s saw through it and make the cuts.

The first ones didn’t quite work­out. The rays on the start just wouldn’t stay straight. More prac­tice is clear­ly the answer.

moon and stars pierced copper

moon and stars pierced cop­per

The sec­ond piece worked nice­ly.

tree design pattern

tree design pat­tern

The cir­cle on the front shows where the half dome will be sol­dered on.

From the top it will look like this.

the front

the front

More next week when I make the dome and learn how to sol­der things that aren’t car­ry­ing elec­tric­i­ty.

WIP — Pierced Copper Ring

Progress has been made on the ring.

A flat piece of cop­per was ham­mered and then cut into a cir­cle.
That cir­cle was dapped into a dome shape.
The the tree bit was sol­dered onto the domed bit, mak­ing a hol­low orna­ment
A chunk of 12 gauge half round ster­ling wire was made into a ring band.
The top was then sodlered to the ring band and… voila …

the front of the ring

the front of the ring

ring face soldered onto the ring band

ring face sol­dered onto the ring band

ring from the side

ring from the side

I hap­pen to be pret­ty dang proud of my first “real” sol­der­ing project.

Next up the fin­ish­ing. In the end the top of the ring will be black and the band will be satin fin­ished sil­ver.

Playing Catch Up.

A new toy.

 

1966 Honda 305 Dream

The newest toy and our next project.

 

But before we can do any­thing about that…

We have to fix this.

Yeah, that’s pret­ty much half of the dash pulled out. Tomor­row night the oth­er half comes out. All because I don’t like cold feet.

um, that kinda exploded huh?

There are bits of this truck that are waaaay too far behind oth­er bits.

 

(Update to the update — Jim got it all done and but­toned back up on Sun­day. Good thing too, because there’s snow fore­cast for tonight.)

 A lazy cat.

lazy cat

Peach in his pref­ered win­ter spot.

Work — or not.

NaNoW­riMo.

You can find it here.

I’m not actu­al­ly signed up. Because I’m chick­en shit and all that. Most­ly because I don’t write nov­els. At least not with any suc­cess. I write short sto­ries. And I plan to write 4 this month. It’s my own lit­tle ver­sion of NaNoW­riMo.