I love going to silversmith classes. They are really fun and informative and sometimes it is just great to get away. More often or not, I don't use the info I've learned unless I get at it right away.
Now that summer is over, I have some time to leave the island and think about doing other things. I've already planned some classes to take next month. One is the art of Keum-Boo. This is the application of fusing 24K gold leaf onto fine silver.
By the way, I didn't make those earrings, I took the picture from the internet as an example. I don't know who the artist is.
The next class I have signed up for is "Tension Set Rings". Once again, I have already done this, but need a little kickstart to try it in my own studio. A tension set ring is where the stone is supported within the silver band by tension, not with a setting.
Last winter I took several classes on my road trip down the west coast of the states. My favourite item was a micro polymer class given by Cynthia Toops.http://www.facerejewelryart.com/artist.php?id=39
Check out this link, her work is fantastic. Here is a picture of the pendant I made for my daughter.
Check out what my other EtsyMetal pals have to say.
Laura Bouton http://laurajanebouton.blogspot.it/
Cynthia del Guidice http://cynthiadelgiudice.blogspot.ca/