I came in for lunch, as often happens at lunch time …
and thought I’d watch the news on the t.v. as I ate.
and you might have to prepare yourselves for this,
while I was searching for the news my finger froze on the shopping channel.
Yep, I watched those shopping channel t.v. women flaunt their beautiful hand model hands loaded with rings and bracelets and more rings and bracelets, and chat knowingly and covetously as they took out their rulers and measured their treasures right before our eyes.
It was the jewelry extravaganza experience of all jewelry extravaganza experiences,
and I couldn’t look away.
O.K. I could, but I’m embarrassed to tell you that I didn’t
I was scouting for new ideas and techniques.
Or so I’ll tell anyone who asks.
Anyhow, I can’t actually remember what I learned – except that I’d never make it as a hand model, or be able to sell a product that convincingly, but it did spur me back into the studio, if only to get away from the nice lady and her sales banter.
To shake the images of women hawking rings from my mind I decided to practice my sawing skills.
I had this great plan see.
I was going to cut out a design and then solder it onto another sheet of silver to give it depth.
I planned to use various thicknesses of silver and had a good idea of how all the pieces would fit together to make a beautiful pendent with depth and feeling.
But I kept forgetting the plan, and the sequence of the pieces kept getting muddled, and in the end I had to wing it more than I wanted to.
Those leaves are winged more than I wanted them to be.
Nice stone though.
And that cut out on the back ended up a good few millimeters the wrong side of perfect.
Don’t even mention the loop.
So what with that, and this,
Which I’m having trouble polishing.
I got out of bed this morning and shouted determinedly to P that I had given up making jewelry – again.
He called bull@##* which kind of irritated me as he knows me so well.
But there’s just too much going wrong right now.
o.k. so don’t ask me why I bought it
Well it broke.
Not just the corner either, but right down the middle,
and so now it’s this.
See how I tried to give it that special rough/smooth design feature, and there are those leaves again that are more winged than they needed to be.
Don’t ask me about the curlywig either.
I even broke the top of the drop bead and had to rearrange its particles until it could be bezel set.
On the whole I know they didn’t come out too badly, but I get irritated with myself for being just a few steps too many away from getting it right first time.
Finishing the piece is my biggest problem. I’d like to take a class on cleaning and polishing. I get it almost right, but really would like to feel confident with what I’m doing.
I did make a ring though which I’m fairly happy with.
I usually shy away from making them as I’m not sure what size to make them, but yesterday I threw caution to the wind and made one to fit my hand, even though I will never wear it.
It’s a nice piece of turquoise.
And then I took a few old pieces and gave them a little more depth.
This one was very flat before.
And this one was horrible.
But now looks a lot better.
And lastly a painting, which I’m still working on.
I love the colours in this one.
On Saturday I met Penny of Penny’s Treasures.
It was kind of strange meeting someone who I’ve only ‘chatted’ with on this blog, but it was really nice to meet her and see her work at the craft fair she was attending.
Penny, I hope that you had a good day. The weather was perfect, I’d say, although I bet it was a bit chilly for us Houston folk in the morning.