March 12, 2010

My First Ring from Silversmithing Class

This ring is one of my silversmithing projects from a class I recently completed with Genevieve Flynn at her studio in Kansas City.  The ring is called - Not For Sale (it's really called that in the book) and is a project from the book, The Jeweler's Studio Handbook by Brandon Holschuh that I highly recommend for the beginning silversmiths.  I love Brandon's style and fabrication techniques.  You can visit his website here to see more of his work.

River Rock Ring - Brandon Holschuh
On this piece I used the jeweler's saw to cut out all ring shapes from sheet silver, soldered the ring joint creating a circle, domed a copper cap and used a tube rivet to connect the bead to the ring.  It's a fun chunky ring that I just love wearing.
Not For Sale Ring - Brandon Holschuh

I finished three projects during the 6 week class including a pendant, this ring and a broach and had alot of fun with my classmates in the process.  There was alot of apprehension over the torch, but we all took to it like ducks to water...Genevieve is a talented instructor.  This is a great class for anyone who has an interest in silversmithing, I highly recommend it.

Cattail Bracelet - Genevieve Flynn

 
Silversmithing was on my list of things to learn this year and with Genevieve's class under my belt I am well on my way to a fun Spring spent in the studio.  I'll be sharing some of my other projects with you very soon.

Flower Ring - Genevieve Flynn
What's on your list of things to learn in the upcoming year?

Blessings - Julie

17 comments:

NuminosityBeads said...

I'm always fascinated by your header pic which to me looks reminiscent of oxidized silver barbed wire and then my focus readjusts to see the clothespins.

I think it's fitting for your silversmithing post.
I've taken a couple of one day classes so far but haven't taken off with it on my own yet although the tool stash is growing in my studio.

Next stop for me is a cold connections workshop at the Santa Fe Bead Fest next week.

Great photos yours and everyone else's work.

Kim

NuminosityBeads said...

I just looked through your shop collections and it seems that you have an affinity for similar items. I had been collecting vintage items for resale in my shop but now that I'm getting into altered art I can't seem to part with them anymore!

Kim

Tracey said...

WOW Julie, so amazing...just beautiful!!! You are just so talented!!!

I'd like to keep working on my photography skills this year as it is something I really enjoy :)

The next JDL mag will be up for pre-order some time in the next week...it comes out the 2nd week of April already!


:) T

SharonP said...

Wow, impressive! Your work is very sophisticated and modern! I look forward to your new creations in the near future.

I have the same learning curve as you this year--silver/copper smithing! I am getting the hang of it!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Julie, it looks like you had a great time and were very creative with your newest pieces!

I'm enjoying my birdsnest pendant that my hubby bought from you for me for Valentine's. :-)

XO,

Sheila

Nazarina A said...

Your artistry is so admired and appreciated by me.There is no amount of remuneration that will compensate for your work!

Stacey Bruce said...

Silver's my thing, Julie... and this is cool! I can't wait to see more! Love it. And you. :)

Musje said...

Hello Julie thank you for visiting my blog and you`re lovely comment,the rings you`ve made are gorgeous,sorry for my englisch writing,its not so good,have a nice evening,greetings from Joke.

inger susanne said...

Wow! So much fun to get a comment on my blog from across the pond! Thank you so much:-)
I love your blog! The pictures you post are inspirational and gorgeous! Hope to hear from you again:-)
Good luck with the silversmithing!
Bless you !
Susanne

Vanillastrawberryspringfields said...

you have beautiful pieces of artwok here...very delightful...fantastic weekend to u......

Sissy Sparrows said...

Lovely jewelry Julie....it looks like so much fun.

Alice said...

Amazing! Your work already looks like it came from a pro!

I so want to take a class like this but feel I need to start out working with wire more. Also, I don't really want one of those huge torch setups--just one of those cute little jobbers that don't seem so frightening.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Riki Schumacher said...

Way to go Julie. Isn't it wonderful to gain some knowledge in a craft you love? Well done, just beautiful. Can't wait to see what you make next. Big hug, Riki

cat said...

Wow! Nice piece Julie! How awesome is that to accomplish one of your goals so early in the year! I bet that feels great!
Thanks for stopping by the blog for a visit and I know Lucy is just going to love her new home!

Tami Roth said...

These rings are just amazing, Julie!! I'd love to take a class sometime.
Hugs,
Tami

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Such gorgeous artworks!! Lovely, just lovely!! Have a wonderful week ahead.

Beatrice said...

Hello Julie!

What a gorgeous ring you have created during silversmith class! You are so talented, and I love all your jewellery :-).

A silversmith class sounds very interesting! This year I would like to learn calligraphy and would also like to join some inspiring scrap booking-courses or something similar. We´ll see how it goes :-).

Have a nice week!

Many hugs to you
Beatrice