FUN FUN FUN in the Studio

Okay, I have been finally spending a lot of good quality time in the studio. I pay for it dearly the next day as I usually don’t enter the studio until 9:00 pm or later and get to bed around 2:00 or 3:00 am. That doesn’t work so well when the baby gets up at 6:00 to eat. YIKES! But OH IT HAS BEEN FUN!!!! I have never really had my kids on a schedule before. Not a strict one anyway, particularly over the summer. It isn’t uncommon for us to all go to bed around 10:00 or 11:00 pm. As school is starting this week (tomorrow for my oldest and Thursday for my Kindergartener) I started getting the girls ready for bed at 8:00 and in bed no later than 9:00 pm. Oh how I wish I had done this AGES ago.

Want to see what I have been up to? I am on such a high lately that I have a hard time waiting all day just to get the kids to bed and I can get back into the studio.
This first one I did over a week ago. But I couldn’t really show you since it was part of the bead Soup Package. But now that she has it, I can show it. It was made with my hydraulic press. I pierced out the center and soldered it on to a back plate, textured it and set the stone. SO FUN!


This one I made Sunday night. It took about 4 hours to make and I am still not totally happy with it, but it was so much fun to try some new things. I am really enjoying my press. I can finally add the depth and dimension to my pieces that I have always wanted. Everything always seemed to be so flat. Not anymore!

I domed a large circle, drew the patterns I wanted, drilled my holes and began piercing. The other half of the circle is pierced and waiting to be used. Still thinking about that one. It has an entirely different pattern on it. I soldered it on to the back plate and then I searched through my scrap silver wire to see what I could come up with. This is what I ended up with. I really like how it turned out. though getting everything soldered on to it without having the solder go everywhere was very difficult and not entirely successful in all the areas. The bail is a tube on the back of the piece.


Here is is from a different angle so you can really appreciate the depth of the domed shape.


I made this one last night. My baby sitter is turning 16 on Thursday. She has been wonderful. We weren’t able to afford to pay her a whole bunch and several times she has worked for jewelry (which mostly ended up on her mother. LOL) But she has been wonderful working with Kiari, as Kiari isn’t an easy baby. Her favorite color is pink. So I formed the flower with the press, drilled and pierced the center and then soldered it onto a sterling back plate.Then I soldered on the stem and tube setting (and the stupid thing moved just as the solder flowed. UGH!) I cut away the sterling back plate around the flower and stem. I soldered on the setting for the diamond and then pierced out the shape of the leaf. Then I soldered on a tube on the back plate for the bail. Final steps were to set the Pink SwaroGem and diamond. And yes, it is a diamond. I have had them for ages and this is the first time I finally used one. The diamond didn’t show up very well, so I went back in with some SilverBlack and blackened the leaf a bit and now you can see it much better.


Today the girls and I had a studio play date. I formed the flowers for the earrings, pierced them out, drill the holes and made the drops for the crystals. The ear wires are also hand made. I really hope she likes this set. It will be fun to see what she thinks.


As I said, we had a studio play date. Kate made a necklace, also for my sitter. While she did a good job, it is certainly something that a 5 year old would make. There isn’t much of a pattern. But she is so proud of it.


Riley has been asking me for a while to show her how to use a jewelers saw. Today I was finally able to do that. She is a natural. Just look at that form!


I drew out some lines for her on a post it note so she could get used to using the saw. The lines got progressively harder, straight, slight wave, very wavy, zig zag and then random shapes with soft and sharp turns. She didn’t break a blade until the very end. She was heartbroken. I was thrilled that she finally broke a blade and had to learn how to load the new saw blade.


She has wanted to wear my magnifiers since I got them. I may have to order her a pair of her own. Either that or go without one myself as I am not sure I will ever get to use it if we are both in the studio together. HA!


She picked out a rather intricate shape to work with, but she did a great job. She wanted to do a firefox, and so she did.


Here is the final piece. I did a little bit of smoothing on the edges with a file and polishing, but the rest of it was all her. She did such a good job that I actually had to file the points on the tail and around the ears. They were sharp. I am so proud of her. It was so much fun to look over and watch her do this. She did break about 3 or 4 blades on the pendant, but that is okay, more practice learning how to insert the blade.




Tool Time Tuesday….

Well, It didn’t happen today. We were having too much fun doing other things. Sorry. But I do think that there might be a Tool Time Wednesday. I have a couple of things ready. I just need to get them filmed and edited.


North East Ohio Classes

I have a couple of classes coming up. This Saturday I am going to teach a hydraulic press and piercing class. We will make something similar to the pendant I made last week.


I have room for only 2 more people, possibly 3. Class is 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Cost: $75 and includes all materials. This class will be held in my Norton Studio.

Classes at Beadtini Boutique in Copley

Wednesday, August 31 – 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Creative Findings. This is a combination soldering and wire class. You will learn to create soldered embellishments including toggle clasps, head pins, links, creative ear wires and other embellishments.

Wednesday, September 14 – 6:00 – 9:00 pm: Spinner Rings. You will learn techniques to size and make a wide band ring with spinning rings. This class is a great introduction to working with a torch.

Saturday, September 17 – 10:30 am – 2:30pm: Bezel Set Pendant. Students will work with both copper and fine silver to bezel set a small cabochon on a copper back plate. Prior soldering experience is required to take this class.

10 thoughts on “FUN FUN FUN in the Studio

  1. Woojoo

    What a great pendant! I can see why you were so excited. Good column and loved reading about your experience with your daughters. Wish I could be in your ucoming class (and use your new press! Ha! I’m so envious).

  2. Melissa Muir

    I am really excited for the class. This has really opened up some of the things I can do in my work. It is so much fun. I am working on maybe offering some online classes, so perhaps that will be an option for you in the future? We will have to see how things play out. Thanks for the compliment.


  3. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Pennee,

    I am glad people like to read this stuff. I always wonder if they are looking at it or if they feel I am just being spammy. Then again, I guess I never MADE anyone sign up to get my emails. HAHA

    Thanks again! I appreciate the feedback!


  4. Shaiha Williams

    Wow! I am in love with that second piece. Really makes me want to get into the metal aspect of jewelry design

  5. Melissa Muir

    Thank you! Once you get started there is NO turning back. I love metal. It is so amazing what you can do with it.


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