This past spring I was enrolled in a jewelry making and metals course at ASU. I had to jump through a few hoops and get special permission to take it, but it was well worth the trouble. I’ve taken random classes throughout my time living in different places. I learned how to make a hand-cut dovetail joint in Minneapolis, MN and how to mill lumber in Jamaica Plain, MA. I always love learning a new craft, but I have to admit, metals was one of the most intimidating for me. This learning experience came with quite a bit of frustration, but when I finally mastered a skill, I felt so accomplished and satisfied. I walked away from the class with an “A”, three credits, and the following skills:
- filing, sanding, finishing
- cold-connecting: riveting
- acid etching
- stone setting
Here are the first three “real” pieces of jewelry I ever made:
Copper caterpillar with a brass flower and sterling silver rivets.
“JERSEY GIRL” BELT BUCKLE
I guess it’s pretty obnoxious, but I love it. Especially the silver riveting detail. This one took many, many hours.
HOLLOW FORM CUPCAKE RING
I am a cupcake fanatic! This was inspired by my appetite. This piece was the most challenging. There were many failed attempts at soldering this closed.
All in all, I am proud of what I accomplished, even though these pieces are a bit outrageous. This course has introduced me to a life-long hobby and business venture. I will be opening an online shop in November 2013. The link is on my home page. Be sure to check back for more news and sample sales in the coming months!