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Adding Silversmithing to My Repertoire

Though I started out stringing beads, I am constantly trying to improvement upon my rĂ©pertoire of techniques and methods to add interest to my designs. I recently took a metalsmithing course and I’m hooked. I hammered, torched, soldered, forged and did things to metal I had never done before. Below are some of the results.

My silver design

Here is the sterling pendant I made by first annealing then forming the wire into this shape, then hammering for effect.

Choices, choices

Now I have to figure out what to do with the pendant I just made. Here are other metal pieces that I made and possibilities abound as to how I'll mix and match them. I wonder what I'll do............

Finished Necklace

I decided to string black recycled vinyl discs, center the pendant and hang a sterling ring, inset with a Venetian glass (trade bead), that is too small for my finger. It's become one of my personal statement pieces.

Tell me what you think.

Mother Memories

My mother has been gone (i.e., joined the ancestors) a little over five years. For some reason, this Mother’s Day had me missing her more than usual. I usually send Mother’s Day cards to aunts and other beloved women warriors in my life. This year, I didn’t have the energy or will to do so. I had a mental block preventing me from thinking of anyone but my mom to whom I couldn’t send a card or pick up the phone and say, “Happy Mother’s Day.”

Strange that this would be the case after five years, particularly since I thought I was long finished with the grieving process. Perhaps we never really finish grieving the loss of mothers. I’ve been exploring ways to incorporate my mother into my creative process, a way to honor her, remember her, keep her close. One of the ways I’m currently exploring is through a story collection. I’ve just begun the process, but I’ll incorporate sayings, photos and other elements of the myriad of projects my mother worked on that remind me she’s with me throughout my own creative process.

Here’s what I have thus far:

Let me know what you think. I’ll keep you apprised of my progress on this project. In the meantime, should you wish to create your own memory art pieces, check out my previous blog on Three Must Reads For Artists and Creatives.

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