This post (and part 2 - which will follow next week) - are a bit out of order, and probably should have at the beginning of January - but I had other things to write about...so finally...here are my posts about my fabrication classes.
I feel like I made a quantum leap the end of 2015 when I took four weeks of introductory fabrication classes at Creative Side. While I really enjoyed the wax carving and precious metal clay classes, neither of those spoke to me like metalsmithing. I think I have found my jewelry making calling – at least for a while.
There is something truly fulfilling about taking raw materials, working with them, and seeing them take the shape of a finished piece. I’ve sewn since I was in grade school, and always loved it when, after a few critical seams were sewn, the oddly shaped pieces of fabric started to look like a garment. The very same thing is true of working with metal.
One of the most important lessons I learned in that first week – and I think a large part of the reason I have taken to metalsmithing – is that you WILL make mistakes, and the metal will forgive you. You can heat it to soften it (called annealing), hammer to harden it (forging), mangle it and reshape it. For better or worse, this made me just a little bit fearless!
In doing the design you have to think about so many things – not only what you want to cut away, but how big your design will be, how much metal you need to leave in place – both for structural integrity and so your work doesn’t end up just looking like a big hole.
Until next time.