to Jane Walker,
Thank you for the referral to Giovanni Corvaja’s site and work. For
some reason (probably through a Google search ) I have just been
looking at his site over the past few days. Very interesting bunch
of objects! His bio is interesting too! I guess obsession comes with
He is pretty far away and his site shows no trips planned.
to Karen Christians,
Tell Ronda I said hello! I had a wonderful time at her house last
month! Tomorrow I will give it another try, with Argentium again. I
will follow the article by Nancy Howland in Art Jewelry Nov. '06. I
just don’t have a soldering pad like hers, I do have a charcoal
block but that may be too different, so I’ll try a gray soldering
pad that I have. I just don’t think it’s the exact same material.
Also I have different glue…
Karen, I agree with you that Ronda is very clear and understandable
and I want to take a class with her as soon as I can. Not only is
she easy to understand but her work showcases the techniques I would
like to master.
I hope some day to work in gold, and Ronda works in gold so I know
she would know something about making that transition. I am just in
Walnut Creek, about 20 minutes away from you!
I just checked the Revere site and calendar. It looks like a
granulation class is not on the immediate calendar. That’s OK
because it gives me time to allocate funds. I did read 3 class
descriptions of Granulation 1, 2, and 3! I’m there.
I told Ronda I hoped to take Stone-setting 1 there, that’s this
coming weekend, but my mom and my husband both have birthdays then.
I had also told her I would be in Tucson but that will not happen
to Tammy Kirks,
Wow, how cool is that! Looking at your work, I remember seeing it on
a previous search. It’s unique and attractive! I think I should do
what others are saying and do the obvious, and use my local
resource, Revere Academy.
Penland sounds good and the input of two people, especially in
granulation which may be very sensitive to slight variations from
one studio to another, could be a real plus.
I also own Ronda’s first DVD and it is very informative.
Incidentally, I worked in the Phelan building, where the Revere
Academy is housed, until the year before Revere Academy started. I
worked on the 8th floor. The dentist I worked for is probably still
there. The dental lab, Hugo’s, is probably still there too.
Anyone else who has practical info on granulation, please don’t
hesitate to add to this thread.
I have on hand some 26 gauge fine silver, 24 gauge Argentium, and
wire in both FS and Arg. I have a charcoal block, Titebond hide glue
(and honey and spit!), a nice Meco Midget oxygen propane torch, and
a beehive a.k.a. trinket kiln.
I lack a set of sieves for sizing granules and I’m just using my eye
right now, and lack a full-size kiln.
I have Fridays and Mondays to work in the studio. I think I have
found a pretty reliable way to make lots of granules so I might just
spend some time making more granules tomorrow. And I have learned
that the granules need to match the backsheet in thickness.