It’s been a while since my last post now so i thought i’d give you an update.
Since my last post i have been attending a beginners course in silver jewellery at Ravstedhus in Denmark. the class was very good for me as to learning things from scratch and getting rid of some old habits etc. It also gave me a creative boost, and i am very happy about that. I post pictures of my work at my instagram account: http://instagram.com/tommybryden and you are welcome to follow me and give comments there. since my last post in march i have started experimenting with sandcasting. i know most people doing this uses wax carving to make the models for casting but i haven’t bought any wax yet because i have other things that i feel like buying first. like a micromotor and setting punches. So my models has so far been made of fimo clay witch is ok exept i don’t have an oven for curing it at my workshop yet. As you can see i have some more learning to do in that department =)
Basically my main interest is stonesetting in rings, and i am always distracted by images of rings that wants to be made if im trying to make pendants or other things. As you can see below.
Self doubt can be a fierce enemy in my hobby, especially when i have a custom piece that im going to make and i remember things i have done wrong on earlier projects. something simple like bezel settings can easily go wrong if im pushing myself to get finished and get sloppy. Filing the bezel to high, putting the stone in without a hole in the back in case it gets stuck, making the bezel rocker slip and make a fat scratch in the rock etc are things i have done that made my heart skip a beat or two.
Recently i cleaned up my workspace and painted my bench blue for creativity’s sake and i got by equipment organized somewhat so in that spirit i decided to get going on a stone i was commissioned by my friend to make a pendant of maybe half a year back. but the serpentine rock has a hardness of 3-4,5 on the mohs scale witch means i could destroy the stone really easy. but i went at it and after some nerve wrecking days of work i finished it. And i must say i was really proud of the result. And seeing the reaction of my friend as i gave it to her was deeply satisfying.
Thats was all for this post and thank you for reading it and your interest in my jewellery rantings =)