Last week was so wonderful! I didn’t get my Grace for the Good Girl post up on Thursday OR Friday, but I have a great reason – my second metals class was all day Friday, and I spent most of the week preparing for it. (I hope to get caught up with that this week – lots to talk about, including a terrific sermon yesterday that dovetailed so beautifully with what Emily’s book is speaking to me.)
In preparation for Friday’s class, I worked on the soldering skills we learned in the first one, incorporating the fold-forming I’d learning before that. Here’s the pendant and earrings I came up with – it was hard to get a good photo of the pendant because it’s so long and dangly, but you should be able to get the idea.
Did I mention it was hard?
My first piece took me nearly five hours (FIVE HOURS!) to complete – and I nearly gave up.
Then we moved on to prong setting, which went much more quickly.
So this week, the focus will be lots and lots of studio time to make sure I’m reinforcing those new skills, because I have my last metals class of the summer this Thursday – fine silver and Argentium silver fusing. I need to make sure that my hard-won torch and heat control skills – or “almost-skills” – don’t degrade between now and then. Focus, focus, focus!