No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth! This last term is intense, and keeping up with the school work is usually all I manage. This week, however, we are on “spring break”. In the Jewellery program that means – try to catch up (a little) on your homework. For those of us in our last term of the Jewellery Arts diploma it means trying to get pieces ready for our Grad Show. It’s a lot of work. Of course that means I have a list:
As per usual for my lists, this one is somewhat unrealistic for a week. I aim big! I have accomplished a few things though:
1) waxes –
2. delivery of the waxes…
3. I “made” these gravers:
Gravers come from the supplier as a basic shape. It is up to the goldsmith, stone setter or wax carver to adjust them as they like. You have to grind off (a lot in my case) the back end, the tang, so that the graver fits nicely in your hand once you put it into the handle. Depending on the type of graver you may grind some off the front by the working face to give the graver flexibility (like the flat graver). Then you hone it; carefully insert it into the handle and give the working face a final polish. Gravers are used to cut out metal or shape wax.
4. I annealed, rolled, reannealed, rolled some more….. and finally cut up this copper so that I can make my hens (see #4 on left list). This may not seem very exciting, and believe me it was not, but it is all part of the process. The first steps to pieces of jewellery are often not very interesting.
5. I made this bracelet, from scratch I might add. I like designing and making chain. This will have a cast charm added on in order to fulfill #3 (on the left list).
I am hoping to accomplish a couple of other things on the list during the remainder of the week. On the bright side, I did get all of my gemsetting homework done (a gypsy setting and the gravers). Yeah! As well, I spent a great deal of time today “emery”ing a bunch of cast pieces so that I can enter them into the Craft Show. That is a time consuming job and really doesn’t yield any interesting photos until the end when they look all shiny and pretty! I also set the enamel pendant, but it needs to be tidied before show and tell.
So, all in all, a good stab at “THE LIST”.
Hope you are well; and accomplishing things on your list(s)!