It is hard to believe that we have already been here for two weeks. My house is still piled high with boxes. I am so tired of boxes it isn’t even funny. I am getting to the point where I don’t want to open another one. I just want to take them to the corner and chuck them. LOL. I won’t, but it is so tempting…..
We started my girls in school and they are both doing pretty well. However, there were some things that were more than less than desirable and both of them will be switching schools next week. I am so glad that we have the opportunity to do that as I really feel that both of them will do much better at the new schools and will have some better peers and situations, particularly Riley. Both of them have been making friends and are enjoying being the “new” kid. That is such a relief.
I have had the opportunity to meet with another emerging artist in the area. She came over one day and helped me get through some boxes and get things organized. Today we spent the day looking for unique buttons for the classes I will be teaching in Canada next month and then we relaxed by walking through IKEA! Oh, how I have missed that store. Thanks for hanging out with me Donna!
So, let’s talk about the studio. I finally have it to the point where I think I might be able to start working. I am still missing a few things, but we still have a few boxes that haven’t been opened. I also need to figure out the whole lighting situation as the lighting in the room is less than adequate. One last tool that I still need to put up is my flexshaft. But other than that, my surfaces are ready and are begging me to return to work….. not to find a babysitter for my super active baby. By the way, she took her first step last week. I am sure she will be walking and running in no time.
Look how nice and clean the bench top is. You can see the only light source in this room. It is supposed to be a “dining room.” I haven’t figured out if this is going to be where I keep my press or not. I used to have it next to my vise, but that is now against a wall, so I am still working on the workflow of the area.
I moved one of the racks out into the entryway. Not my first choice place for it, but since it is temporary and I needed the space for my small bench, that is where it went. This bench used to hold my polishing machine. My polisher is now under the house in storage. I felt it was too “dirty” and didn’t want to have to repaint the room when I was done here. Besides, I really need the space in this place.
You can see my shear off to the left. I put up another small set of the wire racks here in front of my cardio equipment to store some of the tools that I have for sale. I still need to work on the organization, but it is coming along.
Look!!!!! My wall of hammers has returned. Sigh…..
So, there it is in a nut shell. It is good to have a space to work again. I haven’t done any working yet as I just got it to this point and my baby is took active right now to be able to turn my back on her for even a second. I am hoping to find someone to watch her for a couple of days a week. Not just someone, but someone that would be good with her and that I can afford. The latter being the current issue.
I spoke with Kevin Potter earlier tonight. He has changed his press design a little. I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with the new design of it. Due to the rising cost of metals his current press design would have to go up A LOT in price. He has tried so hard to keep the cost down as much as possible so people can afford it. Speaking as an artist, I really appreciate it when tool makers take my bank account into consideration and try to help me keep as much of my money as possible in MY own account. One of the things he noticed is that he was not getting the best possible use out of the materials. So there was a lot of wasted metal, which still had to be paid for. With the redesign, he is able to make 10 presses with the same amount of material that he was able to get 7 before. The best part of the redesign is that he has been able to make the press even stronger than before and they take up slightly less space.
He sent me some pictures so I could share my thoughts with him, and I hope he doesn’t mind me sharing them, but I will give you a sneak peak at the new press design. I can’t wait to get one in my studio. I would LOVE to have a purple one… Just sayin’
One of the things about the color on this is that he has worked out a deal with the powder coating place and he can get a deal on it if he takes whatever color they have at the time. That means that one run might be Red or purple, or black or who knows what? What are your thoughts on that? You wouldn’t be able to choose the color, just take whatever comes to you when you order the press. I actually think that is kind of fun. He promises that the color wouldn’t be anything too wild. The other option is for him to continue to paint them blue as he has to this point. So chime in and let me know what your thoughts are on this.
Here is one other tool that I am VERY excited about. I have been waiting months for this next one. Kevin has been talking about making a new jewelers saw. It isn’t super light weight. In fact, it is a bit heavier than the german style saw frames, but look how GORGEOUS it is. I told him I want three just so I can place them around my studio and look at them LOL. He said they cut STRAIGHT beautifully. They won’t make you a better piercer. The talent and work still has to be your own, but you will certainly look good whether you are good at cutting or not. HA! I like looking good! He is hoping to have a few of these done in the next week or so and I am one of the first on the list to get one of these, so watch for my review as soon as I have it in my hot little hands.
So at this point, things are coming along. I am still trying to get my family settled and into a routine. Once that happens (and hopefully soon) I will get my class schedule put together. My goal is to have a full offering of classes for April at the latest. Hopefully I will have a few to offer in March before I go to Canada for the Fraser Valley Bead Show. I don’t think my classes are full yet, but they are getting pretty close. So if you are going, be sure to check them out.