Well, tonight is my last night at the University of Akron. I am kind of happy and kind of sad all at the same time. I have really enjoyed my time there. I have also learned a lot. It has been a very neat experience to be around the amazing talent and creativity that some of the other students have. I have made some really good friends and I really hope that we will keep in touch as they continue their education and begin their careers. It is really too bad that it is so difficult to get good paying jobs in the arts. So much talent and not enough appreciation.
For my final project I wanted to try a few new stone setting techniques. I have recently bought some amazing cut gemstones and am scared to death to use them. So I pulled out some faceted CZ’s and played around with various settings. You have already seen my tube setting techniques, if not, just scroll down to my retreat pictures. I even sold one of the pieces at my open house this past weekend. I will miss the piece, but I am so glad that it went to someone who can appreciate it.
My first piece is a prong or basket setting. It isn’t at all great and fabulous, but it is my first and I am so stinking proud of this piece.
The next piece is a semi-cold connected piece. The reason I say “semi-cold connected” is because I did solder the bail and I also soldered two stacked rings for the stone to sit in. I didn’t want the point on the bottom of the stone to poke through the back. So I created a little seat for it. It is just sitting in the rings and held in place with the mesh screen. The mesh is sandwiched between the layers of copper and silver and the three have been riveted together. The picture doesn’t show the stone well, but it is kind of fun to look at it and have the little sparkles peak out and flash from time to time.
The last piece is actually three. I had made these fabulous twisted bracelets in class a few weeks ago. I had tried to solder the ends of them, but my little torches just couldn’t handle it. There was too much metal and it was more frustrating than I could bare. I am so happy to inform you all that I am now the proud owner of an acetylene torch. I am in heaven and it works wonderfully. It is amazing I have been able to do as much as I have without it. I am really hoping that I can now take my work to the level I have desired for a long time.