Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Creative Space - New Skills


My creative space this week is all about new skills. I'm two weeks into a silversmith course and have been learning how to saw metals. I'd never thought before about how jewellers actually constructed shapes but I'm slowly learning... it's a painstaking process of tiny saw cuts. Working with copper, of course... much better to trash 50 cents worth of copper than $25 worth of silver ;) I've been experimenting with different cuts - straight, curved etc. It's all still a bit shaky but the filing class this week gave me loads of hope for being able to smooth back my bumpy cuts :)

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31 comments:

Jennie said...

That looks like extremely delicate work!
Will be great to see this evolve - looks brilliant Kylie!x

gretchenmist said...

very cool kylie! must be such fun immersing yourself in something new. love your shapes so far :)

little grubs said...

Wow what an exciting journey you are on. Like the look of the things you've shown. x

Michelle said...

Very impressive Kylie. Can't wait to see some finished results.

That blade looks super sharp!

Kellie Christie said...

It looks like you have been having fun indeed. I did a little silversmithing at uni and I always felt like it was 1 step forward and about 3 back. Having said that, I did enjoy it and would like to do more some time.

Anna Bartlett said...

Wow! That's seriously exciting stuff. Ah, the possibilities...

june at noon said...

What a great photo that first one is! I love the artist at work, the concentration, the strong hands, and so on. The cutting looks very delicate--good for you for giving it a go!

Belinda Saville said...

Good on you for learning new skills! Your first attempts look fantastic and so intricate...you're doing great! I hear you on using copper whilst learning...I can't bear to dig into my stash of sterling silver wire while I'm learning wirework, so my copper wire is getting a good workout :-)

Amanda said...

What a great skill...Your creatins look very nice so far :)

Knicky Knacks said...

Love the determination and stamina - you look so focussed.

74 Lime Lane said...

how absolutely exciting, sounds like a lot fun, can't wait to see more of your progress

blue moss said...

very impressive!!!
it really looks like such a fun class

Little Ted Canvas said...

Wow, how exciting & so much fun! Your work is looking pretty good so far, enjoy your venture...

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

It’s so eye opening to do some jewellery making classes hey? I’m sure you have already discovered it is addictive! I can’t wait to get back into my silver smithing teachers studio for some more play time.

edward and lilly said...

Loving the design so far, I did a one day crash course in silversmithing and came away amazed at the sawing, punching, etc to create jewellery. Look forward to seeing some fab designs from you!

Sally said...

So wonderful to be learning something new... your creations are already looking amazing and it is early days yet. Best of luck with this new skill. You are one very talented lady. Awesomeness abounds here - that's for sure.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I love it- it looks really great, I have always wanted to learn how to do it. I will be interested to see the results.

ArtMind said...

wow, lovley detailed 'cloud' you made - it must have taken you forever. I wonder how you do the tiny holes. I suppose they can't be punched... ;)
Enjoy learning a new thing, Kylie, so much fun!

angelina said...

wonderful for you. i love the photo, you look so into it. xx

inaluxe said...

oh my goodness - how exciting. Kylie, you'd make the best necklaces ever! I can just see I'd want one from the shapes you've been working on. :) wow... can't wait to see what comes next. Hope you're having fun - love that photo of you so much! hugs xo

Blueberry Park said...

wow, Kylie, that's all looking very impressive. I am sure you will capture the skills in no time and this will just be one more thing you are super-talented at x

Ooty said...

seems like lots of fun andddddddddd "hard work" =) It is great! I always wanted to do something like that but somehow.....ya; know... =)

michelle said...

fantastic to take the plunge into a new skill. look forward to seeing more of your work

Kate said...

Oh how fabulous Kylie!
I love the idea of seeing your metal style develop and take shape.
I wonder if it will follow along the path of your textiles or if it will forge an altogether new path in a different direction.

flowerpress said...

Yay! How exciting, you are obviously a natural.
Can't wait to see all your progress :-)

flowerpress said...

Yay, it finally posted!

Kate said...

Wow! I love the intensity in the first shot, too!

Thanks for your lovely comment re: job. I'm actually still deciding between it and something else - I'll keep you posted. xx

Kate Kelleher said...

I can't wait to see what you are up to!

Cindy said...

How exciting Kylie! Look forward to viewing all your wonderful creativeness...

Tania said...

I can't tell you how excited I am to see your 'space'. WAY. TO. GO. LADY! It's a calling, a calling, dammit!

handmade romance said...

wow great experimental shapes. looks like you are having fun : ) looking forward to watching you and this skill xx