Today I decided to change slightly the way I do my jewellery. I should in fact work on two (three) pieces I have started, to submit for two exhibitions. One is nearly finished, the other in the same series I had to start over with, and the last is well underway.
But sometimes we just get the urge to do something new, right? I especially do when something is not working out, I then move on to another thing, and after a bit I have renewed energy to face the problematic piece.
So what I have been doing today is...
|No... not playing with a monocle. Well, sort of ;)|
I have been working on a "master" setting of sorts. I normally produce more enamels than I can ever set, for several reasons: because I prefer enamelling, because I am better at it, because I am lazy about making settings, because I am out of this or that kind of silver, etc.
|Working with rich low brass|
So I have decided to make a few settings of the shapes I most commonly use, and then have a mold and casts made out of it (silver and possibly bronze as well). This does limit a bit the shape and size of the coppers I make, but after going through my sketch books, I did see certain shapes recurring often, with very slight differences in shape or size. I also thought, that when you buy a painting, you don't necessarily ask for a frame to be done from scratch to suit that particular painting! that can be done sometimes, but for more special pieces.
So, I narrowed down to a number of shapes, and I got started with my first setting. With cast settings, I hope to speed up my production!
|First soldering rings to the sheet, then:|
|Soldering the entire thing to half round wire.|
At which point I took a break to eat something and write this down :) back to the workbench!
|Taking shape. This is all for today though.|