Saturday, May 8, 2010

Got My Solder On!

A few weeks ago up in Philly, I got some edumacation in soldering from Noel Yovovich.  The class was a follow-on for me to create a flowing silver ring since I had the class a few years ago to do the flowing loopy silver bracelet and earrings.  The draping and silver-working skills that I learned through her classes have definitely helped form my "signature style," if you could say I actually have one.

So, adding heat to the draping and shaping was a pretty big deal.  First, here's my portable work-station (which has a foundation of a jellyroll pan) that holds all the important tools along with some of the shaped rings pre-heat.
And here's my torching workshop slash stovetop.  haaaaaaaaaaa  I needed to have ventilation and that just seemed the right place to have the setup.  By the way, it's not a gas stove so I didn't risk blowing up the whole house with my little sweetie butane super-torch.  I've got to throw out some love to my friend and supply dealer, Jeanette, at Fundametals which is where I got all my tools including the cute little pickle pot.  Just seeing that little pot right now makes me want some warm cheesy queso dip or something. 


Here's a closeup of the work in progress... 



And here's the finished product!!

I'm terrifically pleased with them and can't wait to get some more torchin' on!  Off to buy some more wire...:)

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like you're having a boatload of fun! Keep up the great work!

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  2. Nice! What a great use for your stovetop!

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  3. NICE! I really, really, really want to take a class from Noel Yovovich, her work is just stunning. Your ring is really fabulous! I love the loopy style!

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  4. Those are so sweet and delicate! Thanks for all the pictures! I love seeing how people have their workspots set up!

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  5. I like this option for stove use better than for cooking! Lovely rings.

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