So last night was the last official class of the advanced session. There’s going to be another meeting next Monday, where we can just pay for studio time and finish up some things. I’ll probably go, because I have an idea that involves a cross-peen hammer, which I don’t have (perhaps I can talk to Santa about this.)
Anyway. Here’s what I’ve gotten done. First, the Divorcee-inspired, art deco pendant:
This practice one came out so much better than I hoped, although it has a few imperfections, and I never did make my own bail (that’s a piece of scrap tubing I slapped on there). Someday when I have the money and the energy, I’m going to make a larger one out of 18 gauge silver so the layers really stick out dramatically. Since I’m getting better at grinding and polishing with the flex shaft, I’ll probably round off the curves really nicely too, and make a chain out of square wire. Meanwhile, I’m just going to wear this guy with a prefab chain. Proudly!
Last night I put a little silver black on the top of my clasp to make the design pop. Stuck it in the tumbler for a little more polishing, and now it’s done!
Not too shabby, especially since I couldn’t figure out what the hell we were supposed to do the first couple weeks my teacher was talking about it. If I get some Christmas cash, I’m going to go buy a string of beads to put on this.
And . . . the suitcase. My lesson in patience and care. He’s still ongoing.
I did get the other hinge done last night, and fairly quickly, too, as the pieces were all cut and ready to go. Then I found out I had to make them actually lay correctly against the back of the box, so I cut out some spaces for them with a grinding wheel (messy but useful) on the flex shaft. They need a little cleaning up and squaring off, but the hinges fit and that’s cool. I also sweat soldered a lip on the inside front, and might add one to each of the sides as well. I’m getting to the point where I have to figure out which thing I want to do next–solder the hinges then the handle? Add little wire clasps or no? Rivet the corner protectors last? The next class session isn’t until January, so I’ll have time to think and research, plus practice riveting.
Meanwhile, back to practicing wire work. Maybe I’ll try wire-wrapping stones. Someone wanted to commission me to do that recently, but I wasn’t sure I could do it properly–so yeah, let’s add that skill to the toolbox!