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
The second piece worked nicely.
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.
More next week when I make the dome and learn how to solder things that aren’t carrying electricity.
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
ring face soldered onto the ring band
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.
A new toy.
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.
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.
Peach in his prefered winter spot.
Work — or not.
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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.