My metalsmith workshop
Today, I will spend sometime, cleaning my second studio which is part of my garage. It need to be organized from time to time because it gets very messy. I work with an open door, always wearing a mask, making sure that I have plenty of ventilation while I am working with fire and dust.
Several years ago, I took several metalsmithing courses and studied jewelry making under a great teacher. My teacher had been a student of Alexander Calder many years ago. My mentor, teacher graduated for Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in weaving. Several years after graduation, she began studying the art of making fine jewelry.
I learned so much about metal while working under this talented jeweler. Being able to go into me second workshop has expanded my ever changing collections of hand-knotted jewelry.
In my second studio, I use a large drill, dremel, buffing machine, files, torch and flex shaft. It is nice to be able to customize antique component that I incorporate into a necklace. I love making my own head pins, annealing and buffing metal and sanding many of my pendants. I use the drills and files to make openings in my shell which I insert a sterling silver bezel and gem stone. All of your metalsmithing needs can be purchased through the Rio Grande website.
All of this work gets pretty messy, so I am happy to have a another studio in which I can play around. If you are beading your jewelry, it is good to learn the art of hand-knotting stones and pearls as well a some metalsmithing techniques which will raise your jewelry to a more competive levels. There is so much jewelry out in the market that your work needs to be exceptional in order to be noticed by discerning clients.
There will be metalsmithing classes in your area. You can go online to learn about hand-knotting your pearls and gem stones. It is important to do exceptional work if you want to sell at galleries or high end boutique’s if you want your work to stand out in the crowd by making the all details of your designs be exquisite in today’s Art Jewelry Market