Remember all that silver work I’ve been learning and practicing? I thought I’d show you where it’s all happening…this little spot in my studio is cram packed with the tools I’ve been using.
I’m still in the process of rethinking the studio. Since I’m not planning on doing much bead stringing I’m wondering if I could move some of my metal working over there. I don’t quite see it yet but I will. I’m already removing shelves that I don’t need so that gives me more space.
Tool racks you see in this picture are also headed either to storage or for sale and the tools are going to be packed away too. I just don’t use them and I have plenty others that are waiting for me to write up into articles and such. Some people say you can never have too many tools. These days I’m saying I’m overwhelmed with tools.
While I’m loving the glass rings, the adjustable bands need to be re-thought. I like them for what they are (a lower price point item) but I want something that says GALLERY. One thing I’ve learned is that, the more seriously you want to be taken, the more seriously you have to think and plan what you’re doing.
Libby L. wrote a post on Lampwork Etc about why her work was rejected by a jury. Beautiful work but one important thing was that there were ‘mass produced’ components in the work like clasps and a couple charms. The bottom line that I took away from that was…make everything yourself. That has stuck with me and I’m working towards that goal.
I was motivated to finally hook up this little baby:
It’s a Smith Little Torch that runs on propane and an extra oxygen concentrator I have. Yay! I didn’t have to buy new equipment and I can’t believe I had all the parts I needed to hook it up with quick connects to my plumbed gas line. It all seemed too easy.
But what does that have to do with the rings I’ve been making? I also ordered some tubing and thicker ring bands so I can make my own ring bases with prongs. The ‘grown up kind’. No offense there to you all using adjustable ones but I think those won’t fare as well when going to a gallery or jury. Tell me if I’m wrong.
I find it strange that as this economy is tanking that I’m taking it up a notch. I know it has to be a part of this whole intention for 2009 thing. The only way I’m going to reach my goal is to think bigger and better. It’s all falling into place. More custom components, as opposed to buying them. More craftsmanship instead of assembling pre-made pieces. More thought and designing instead of stringing and simple solutions.
I’m excited about doing more silver work and hopefully the PMC component will kick in too. One thing at a time!
I’ll be at Fire and Friends Z art show and wine tasting tomorrow, Saturday October 18th from 2:00 to 9:00 pm. Come by and see other artists, have some wine and cheese and get started on your holiday shopping!
There will be demos, artists showing and the opportunity for you to tour their beautiful facility and checkout what classes they offer.
Oh, and if you like my work, you’ll want to see the new line of jewelry and beads I’ll be displaying and selling!
Fire and Friends Z
8550 N. 91st Ave. #49
Peoria, AZ 85345 | (623) 444-7918
I hope to see you there!