|This week's nightmare! (see the white prong on the upper left?|
how did fine silver get into the sterling compartment?)
Well, no one said brooch making was gonna be easy. But I thought it would be! (insert whine here) Just a little wire backing and make some prongs. Look at all those solder joins! What was I thinking? And I still have one last soldering job to go. Sigh. This setting will be a support for two separate pieces in my next FAM brooch. The first one was so complicated that I thought a simple little setting would be faster to complete this week. But noooo....
|Last week's brooch. Memory Stone #1. The slip printed door is on a|
hinge and swings open to reveal a photo of an unknown girl.
I have to fire more base metal clay pieces for my students today and then class is tonight. The firings have been going really well, but it *is* time consuming to fire for 12 people. I like Hadar's stove top process for the first, binder, firing. But I think I may be turning the flame too high. I've already blown through one dog dish and am on the second. A lovely man named Jeremie posted on the Yahoo! board about another way to stove fire using just a mesh platform (the video's in French, but you'll get the idea) - not carbon in a dish. I'm going to try that today. I'll let you know how it goes.