If you've always wondered about how jewelry is made and fine craft is done, this is the blog for you! Our intent is to show you the step-by-step of creating jewelry from a silver-smith's and lampworker's point of view. We'll throw in some other interesting craft-work too. Consider this a "tutorial-light" blog in a way. You'll get to see the creative process from start to finish. Sometimes it may take a while to get to the finish, so please be patient! We often have to wait for the muse to strike--sometimes in the middle of a different project!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Teaching For the First Time
I got a wonderful opportunity to introduce a friend to the fascinating world of Silversmithing! It all came about through my husband. He is a Professor at a nearby University and he was showing some of his Graduate Students my website.
Working Out Details
One student in particular was very intrigued and really wanted to learn how to make Sterling silver jewelry like I do. I wasn't so sure if I wanted to teach or not at first, but the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea. I decided she could be a 'guinea pig' for me.
Learning to Manipulate Wire
I could practice teaching basic skills and in doing so could learn what teaching techniques work and what doesn't. And to see if teaching suits me. So, she came for her first lesson this past weekend--it actually turned out to be a long lesson--6 hours. Long, but very satisfying and the time went by so fast!
Ring Ready for Polishing and Stone Setting
She got a lot done and we had lots of fun too. Well, I had fun...and I think (hope) she did too! She picked out a beautiful turquoise stone and made a ring. As you see in the picture above, it is ready to be polished up. It is going to be just beautiful when it is sparkling and shiny! So stay tuned for the final product. Wish her luck on learning to set the stone!