I‘m in the final push for the 2012 Rusted Gingham Barn Sale, which starts one month from today. Holy cats! So I’m working on new designs, I have some new glass cabs in the kiln, and today I played around with some chain fabrication.
22 gauge wire, soldered into rings then stretched into hourglass shapes and linked together – I burned up more than a few of them in the process. 22 ga is smaller than the gauge I use for earwires! But I wanted to experiment with the smaller gauge because I’m looking for a sturdy chain style I can fabricate consistently but which is relatively delicate – it’s all part of my quest to use hand-fabricated components as much as possible.
I also took a metal etching class over the weekend with the always wonderful Gail Stouffer – but in all honesty, I have never had a bad experience taking a class with Gail. She also attracts some of the most interesting and talented artists working today – I’ll be taking two classes with Thomas Mann at her studio in just a couple of weeks, for example, an amazing opportunity. So if you are ever in San Antonio and have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out her metal and glass studio, Wired Designs – I promise you, you won’t be sorry. (I’ll be writing about my etching class and my thoughts about it as a studio technique for my inaugural post over at Art Jewelry Elements next week – check it out on Tuesday!)
So… progress. Fun. Life is good – really busy, but very, very good. How are things with you?