Monthly Archives: June 2008

FINALLY – Some new work from me

It has been such a long time since I have even made any jewelry. I am loving my new studio, although I am still trying to figure out the best way to work in there. It is different for me to have everything spread out. And my workmanship seems to have suffered greatly during my little break. I guess I will just have to practice, practice, practice.

While I work on my craftsmanship, you can see my latest pieces.

The first is made with a stone that my dad bought me during his last visit to Ohio. We had attended an art show and there was a gentleman that was selling some stones that he cut and polished. They were all different sizes and shapes and I thought they would provide a good challenge, and boy did they ever! While he was here he chose a stone for me to set, well, it has taken nearly a year to do it. Sadly, the workmanship on this is simply AWFUL! So lucky for me, it is a keeper for my own collection. But what a better piece to add to my collection than a piece that was chosen by my dad.

Melissa Muir Jewelry

My newest piece has actually been made with the piece that I cut out from the previous piece. The previous piece is a rather large one and there was no way that my little butane torches would be able to get the piece hot enough to melt the solder. I solved this problem a couple of ways. The first was to cut out a large piece from the back plate (see the next piece) and I used 3 torches to get the piece hot enough to flow the solder. That is never easy! Now that I have a new studio, it is time to figure out a new torch set up. hahaha

Melissa Muir Jewelry
Melissa Muir Jewelry

Any comments and suggestions are greatly appreciated. Boy is it good to be back in the studio.

The studio is pretty much done! Pictures

Well, I still need to paint the doors and the window area and I need to
hang some pictures and shelves (that is the case in my entire house)
but other than that it is DONE DONE DONE!!!! The plumber came yesterday and I now have water in the studio. WOOOOHOOO!!!!!

My class schedule will be out next week. There will be open studio time and formal classes. I will also have some mini “Try-it-out” workshops that you may like.

So here is the tour….

Oh yeah, I still have to paint the ugly post in the middle of the table and beam that runs across the ceiling. Wink





A studio in progress – Lots of pictures

Okay, so you all have been wondering where I have been. We moved 3 weeks ago into our new home and have been busy ever since then working on my new studio. I am happy to say that I am almost done and am hoping to be done by the end of this week.

I am planning to hold an open house in about 3 weeks so everyone can come and see the new digs.

I am very excited to have this great space and I am really looking forward to getting back to making jewelry. I haven’t made anything in over a month and I have been going through the most awful withdrawals. I hope all is well with all of you and look forward to your comments.

Here it is from the beginning to now.
Where we started:


Framing Begins:

Hanging Sheet rock:

I hate mudding and sanding sheet rock. Wink

Getting closer:

The tables have been started: It even has SIX catch trays!

This is the one for the rolling mill and bench vise

Tables in the studio…. GETTING CLOSER!!!!! 

The beginning of ventilation system: