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26 April 2009

The Start Of A Very Good Thing

I am now the proud owner of a beautiful jeweler's saw & a sturdy little bench pin.



Thursday afternoon was my first silversmithing course. Our first lesson was an introduction to the course, followed by learning basic metal sawing techniques. I sawed two little pieces from a brass sheet (and only broke two saw blades in the process).

B a b y s t e p s .

This afternoon while Gretchen napped I cut a square from a sheet of a nickel alloy & a circle from a sheet of copper.

I love this already.

Next Thursday we'll be learning more metal forming techniques, like using a doming punch and dapping block, as well as texturing with hammers.

On Friday I ordered some delightful new implements from Romazone, a supply shop that I found on Etsy. They should be arriving early this week -- gorgeous hammers, a ring clamp, stamps & more.

I am so excited about next Thursday's class.

More soon, mes amis. As for now I think we're going to take a walk downtown to procure some coffee beans from the local roaster. Delicious.

5 Comments:

Blogger Elly said...

I'm so glad your first class went well! I can't wait to hear about the next class, to see some of your creations! :)

April 26, 2009 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Pherenike said...

Sounds fun. I am learning to take things in baby steps too.

April 27, 2009 at 5:34 AM  
Blogger MommyTime said...

Wow, I'm so impressed that you're learning this. I can't wait to see what you produce. It sounds like a fascinating process to learn.

April 27, 2009 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger bella-bijoujewellery said...

Glad to hear your first class went well! I took a basics class( sawing, piercing, solder safety etc) and was hooked from the first 10 minutes lol
Looking forward to hearing more about it!
Jaime

April 27, 2009 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger Desiree Fawn said...

Thank you so much, friends!
I can't wait to get working on an actual project so that I can show you all the results!
I'm HOOKED!!

April 28, 2009 at 12:08 AM  

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