January 2018


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It can be –learning new things. Just like this prickly little mama ambling along the hiking path at Jay Cooke State Park in MN.

The soldering and bezel making techniques I’m learning in the online metalsmithing class mentioned in my last post are definitely challenging. The round bezels have worked out pretty well,[…]

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The second batch - much better!

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make,the better.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Went into experiment mode while working on a new technique that was introduced in an online metalsmithing class I’m taking with Stephanie Lee,author of Semiprecious Salvage. The technique,called flooding,calls for using a torch to ‘flood’a […]

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On the other end of the spectrum,the connections made in this class,Fusing and Soldering Argentium Silver,led by Joe Silvera,used heat to make the joins. Joe,assisted by his wife,explained the properties of Argentium silver –similiar to Sterling in silver content(.925,sometimes labeled as .930,) but more like fine […]