Welcome to my first post on my new blog!!!
I know this looks like my second post, but the one that precedes this was written by my husband in January as a test piece when he first started thinking about my website. For some reason, it’s important that I keep it but I wanted to be sure you know that I wasn’t lying when I said this was the first one for me. I’m a slow learner when it comes to the computer (and perhaps other things as well, but we won’t go there now), so this makes me a little nervous. OK, a lot nervous.
I’m excited, too. I love talking about jewelry. I could do that all day long. I also love being in my studio. It’s my place of peace. Now, talking about jewelry while making jewelry and eating dark chocolate…the perfect day!
This weekend I attended a wonderful workshop put on by MASSC (the Metal Arts Society of Southern California) in Sierra Madre, CA. Hadar Jacobson taught us how to make Mokume gane-like patterns using her copper, bronze and steel metal clays. Here’s a picture of the ring I made. It’s not finished but you can see the cool patterns we created.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with metal clay, it is an extremely plastic form of metal that starts out as a mixture of metal, organic binder and water particles and works like ceramic clay. Once completely dry, pieces are fired in a kiln which burns off the binder, thus shrinking the pieces and causing the metal particles to bond tightly together. When the pieces come out of the kiln, they are pure metal.
I can’t wait to explore Hadar’s techniques more fully. Visions of jewelry dance in my head.
Speaking of dancing, here’s a quote I just discovered. It’s by Albert Einstein: “We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”
Thanks for visiting! I look forward to hearing about your adventures.