As you know from my previous post, yesterday a friend and I had a metalsmithing session with Heidi Lowe. She's a fabulous artist, with a studio right on Rehoboth Ave., for those of you who are familiar with this area, and...it was Swweeet! She is SO super nice, and persnickety (in a good way) when it comes to details, a plus, plus. Anywho, when we arrived yesterday I had a couple of cabs that I wanted to set. I had drawn ideas of what I wanted, or my thoughts rather, in my new journal. One basic project and the other...well, I wasn't sure if I was being to ambitious. But, instead of her poo pooing my sketch, we just ran with it.
I jumped right in and started on two projects. One is a Drusy cab, that I am making into a ring, and the other a Peruvian opal, that will be made into a pendant. I've read a lot of books and watched a ton of tutorials on metalwork, so I was pretty familiar with what to do with measuring and cutting the bezel wire. Then sawing out the back sheet, hence the practice session, which I was SO glad that I did! But then, omg...all the filing and sanding. I think they purposely only touch on this part in the books. There is so much to do! and it's time consuming! At any rate, I was super happy with what I had accomplished in our three hour session.
The next session is Monday. I'm hoping to get some more sanding done in the meantime, so that I can get my projects close to finished during the next session.