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!