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Day 2 of metalworking class.

It was a really exhausting day. I attempted another 2 pieces, but I didn't finish them this time. Still, 4 pieces in 2 days.. even half-finished, is pretty good.

The teachers think I've an eye for design, and one said: "I've got to tell you, those dancing people of yours, they're sellable." And another lady wanted to use the idea but for yoga people.

I like that I can create stuff, but it was really labor intensive. There was creating the bezel for the gem. You have to solder the outside piece, then the back of the gem piece. Then you have to cut and file the metal. Then a lot of other soldering.

Then trying to figure out the heat of the flame. I melted a jewelry part off by accident (not too important, but still). I lost another part to the dirty floor. The sulphuric acid and boric acid wasn't too good for my fingers.

I was 2 hours late to the 6 hours class today, but I felt I needed to recuperate after yesterday, and also I woke up with my neck really hurting.

I worked a lot this weekend!


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ms_goose_says
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
will totally buy one. or two!
ripresa
Oct. 5th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
thanks sweetie :)
right now each one is taking far too much time. but maybe in the future...
zuleikhajami
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
I think you have an eye for design, too. I love your dancing people!

Do you think it will get less labor intensive as you get used to it?
ripresa
Oct. 5th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
I think it may take less time, and I can get more efficient. But it's definitely hard work... I feel like it's less an art and more like.. construction. Except you are building tiny metal structures instead of big ones. Like the gem didn't fit on one of the gem bezels I made. So I will have to grind some of the metal out to thin it so hopefully my gem will fit.

I love that the end result is soooo solid. Like, hey, I created this. No one else in the world has this small metal piece. But even now, my fingers are scratchy and a little torn up.
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