Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday ~ work in progress from the classroom

This week I am in the middle of taking a local jewelry class. It is named Sea Glass Class, but it is so much more than that!
Here I am polishing away at my work station....

I have been making jewelry for several years now, and after doing more metal and wire work I wanted to learn how to cut more of my own original pieces from sheet silver and copper. So, about a year ago, I bought a jeweler's saw which is a hand saw with a very fine blade that breaks very easily. I tried and tried to get that saw to work and just couldn't! In my frustration I put (threw) the saw aside and out of sight!
Well, the first day of this class we had to use one! After a brief description and demo we were all sitting at our workstations, saw in hand, and I got it to work!! I was over the moon!!! If I didn't learn another thing this week I would have still been happy!
I had to go home, find my saw and apologize to it!
Here are some bails that I made from sheet silver using the saw....
On one bail I soldered on a small turtle pendant that the instructor of the class made.
These two pieces still need polishing up which I will do tomorrow.
I have also had a chance in this class to use a dual fuel torch for soldering which has made things so much easier.....once you get use to the heat!
I have been using a butane torch and having problems with it lately and it was all because there was not enough heat.
Here are a few more pieces I am working on in class.
I love these pastel colors together. Still trying to decide what to make out of these....a bracelet....a pendant.....a necklace.....any ideas?
I would love to hear your opinions!
Be sure and check out what others have on their bead tables this Wednesday over at the Flickr group, Bead Table Wednesday.
Watch out world.....here I come with my jeweler's saw!

4 comments:

Janet said...

Nothing stopping you! Go out and Conquer! xx

Jenn said...

I love sea glass!!! I can't wait to see what you do with those beautiful pieces! Love your turtle bail too! Fun!

Linda said...

Hi Kim...love love love those beach glass pieces your working on!

carol said...

Pretty, pretty! Looks like you're having fun again. I'm so happy for you!

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