I'm doing......okay. How do you do it? I admire your tremendously. I look at what you accomplish and sigh and think of better days for me to be more organized, more productive. I constantly think of the questions that you sent me and I did get started and think of the all the time (to sit down and finish mine) I look at the jewelry you make, the art you produce......you must have a great support system. Not that I'm whinning, it's all on me. I just feel stagnant and need some classes to get me motivated. Anyway, really I'm good. I should have never taken a job. It started out as a part time job, but has now worked it way into almost full time. I'm saving money to do some travelling, but I want to make some jewelry. Anyway...are you doing well? Thanks for asking! Still would like to get an opportunity to get to call you and have a chat. xo
Good morning Catherine, thank you for sharing your experience with pmc.
I had figured out that I needed support of some kind. Yesterday I managed to make one of the two rings that make the bangle. Today I will try for the second one and then attempt to put them together. I think I will solder them before I granulate. Anyway, thank you again for being so generous with your information. It seems to me that pmc is more fragile and prone to more stresses than ordinary gold or silver. I just have to adjust to that!G
The granulation on the existing Crafthaus photos is the usual one. I use the torch to create the little balls---practice makes things better:) and then position then and adhere them to the wire or surface. I have been trying, as I said in another note, to create volume together with the granulation and not the usual flat surface where you arrange the granules geometrically.
As far as metal clay is concerned, I have been working with it for the last two months. I have been successful in creating uniform little balls using a very small, thin hollow straw. I have made two brooches and now I am making a double bangle with the brooch design as a centerpiece. The most difficult part is the construction of the bangle with twisted pmc wire....will try again today. Yesterday's attempt were foiled!!!!
Thank you! I am a professor of classics turned jeweler.Lately, I have been experimenting with metal clay and I have been working like crazy to learn the way it handles. I have constructed two brooches and am in the process of making a bangle..with granulation. Wish me luck! When they are finished I will submit them for consideration to Powder Metallurgy..
I love your pieces--especially, the bowls and almost all of the necklaces. They are beautiful!
You can contact me directly through my website: jstoneenamels.com. Yes, I am head of the enameling department at The Crucible, www.thecrucible.org, and yes, I will be teaching at Mendocino this coming summer. Oakland is closer!
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