Hello to all of you. I attend a jewelry school in Buenos Aires and am
searching for suggestions for projects. Let me give you a little
background. Class size is around 10 students and every student is at
a different level and is working on his/her own project. There is no
group teaching. Future jewelers are mixed in with part-time hobbyists
and the instructor goes from person to person. No state of the art
equipment. We use sulfuric acid for pickle and borax for flux. We
work with propane torches and have 2 rolling mills. Instruction is
available in wax carving (although I haven’t tried it).
In the first year I did quite a bit of sawing of metal, some filing,
polishing, and some soldering. Now starting my second year (This is
three hours per week, not a full-time program), I am starting to
apply some texture and bend metal with round nose pliers. The way
that I select projects is to look at lots of pictures of jewelry, to
print pictures of things I would like to learn how to do, and to ask
the instructor. There is no curriculum. This seems a bit
disorganized, so I am wondering if any of you would like to suggest
types of projects I should be looking at to round out my education.
Oh, and when I am in the States, I take classes when I can. For
example, I did some stone-setting at Rio Grande, worked with Jay
Whaley learning to use a rolling mill, and did a class with Munya
Upin on metal weaving techniques. When I grow up (I am 60 now) I
want to be an artisan, not a jeweler. Express my creative side in
metal. And, by the way, I can’t even draw a stick figure… but I
have a good eye for color and texture.
Can’t wait to read the responses of you wonderfully creative people.