Yesterday was my PMC class. Up early, dashing about, off I go to find the location of the workshop, 26 miles away in Clackamas, Oregon. There were 3 students. Our instructor was Debra Carus, an extremely talented jeweler - check out some of her work here. Here is my silver project, the bell. I'll tell you more...
After introductions of the students and a quick tour of her studio, Debra began with a lesson on how to work with the clay and how to use the tools. One thing I really appreciated is that Debra asked US what we wanted to make, she didn't have us make what SHE thought we should make.
We all toiled away on our projects - I wanted to make a bell. I realize now that was a pretty ambitious first project! The other 2 students made flat projects, a pair of earrings and 2 pendants. I should have done that! :-) But I made a little rustic or primitive bell, and a little clanger and a little bead. Here Debra demonstrates how to use the butane torch. She also had a kiln and my bell was fired in there, but I got to use the torch to burn out/fire my clanger and bead. :-)Ta-dah! My tiny little clanger and bead after they were polished in Debra's mechanical polisher. I would give myself a C- on these, but they work. LOL!
Debra gave me a length of sterling silver wire and some tools to use and I put my clanger on the end and threaded it up through the bell and then added my bead to the top and wire wrapped a loop on top. AND IT RINGS AND WORKS!
Next we worked on using copper metal clay and I made a little bucket. ME and my dang propensity towards 3 dimensional objects! This was pretty hard to make, actually. After it was fired, the little crack you see on the back where I joined the clay together opened and is pretty prominent. This piece did not get done before it was time to head home, so it's not shined up and a bail will need to be made. It's not perfect. But we'll see what it looks like when done. I was going for a used old farm bucket.. at least that's the excuse I will use. LOL! :-)
SO... now I know how to do this. I had bought a kit some time ago, but I did not know how to use the tools or how to use the torch, or how much to burn out the clay, etc. Now I can do projects at home!
I'm awaiting the delivery of my yarn so I can get going on my holiday blanket. I hope you're having or have had a nice weekend - and I hope the week ahead will be a lovely one. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)