Okay, I need to resolve something here. I didn’t intend for the
question on “pick 3-5 tools” to be taken so literally. In fact, the
way I asked it was also incorrect as far as what I was after. My
apologies for that! I’m not always good at clearly explaining myself,
or clarifying what I’m after.
With just that part, I was trying to ask (for conversation,
inspiration and enticing creativity’s sake) what one’s favorite part
of ‘making’ a specific piece is - ie, the shaping of a shank?
designing a [blank]? sawing a form? watching solder flow? hammering?
All tied together, the intent was to hear everyone’s favorite uses
of copper, and what their favorite part of making such an item is. I
can see that didn’t come through in my second email at all, lol. Oh
well, I still got wonderful feedback and inspiration.
But let me thank everyone who’s responded so far! The original email
I started with and all of the responses to this point have led me in
some great directions in my quest for
Ted Frater, I guess I am a bit like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, after
all, hahaha! I am a novice metal worker attempting to gain my first
solid foothold in the huge mountain of available knowledge, and
trying not to land in a slippery slope of bad habits to start. And
not only is the mountain very tall, it’s just as wide, leaving me
boggled at where to place my axe to begin the climb.
My introduction to making jewelry was wire wrapping, which I started
a while back. Even at the beginning, I knew that wasn’t enough for
me. So I started expanding my tool-set and skill-sets. I’ve since
made a few pieces I liked, tinkered around, and am currently playing
with a butane torch. I plan to move up, likely to propane/oxy, but
the wallet has to catch up first. I’ve been practicing soldering and
my sawing, among lots of other techniques that all tie in to making
Mostly, while I practice, I’m trying to figure out what I like to
create, so I can start with those basics and move forward. Like the
saying, “I know enough to know that I don’t know enough,” so I come
here for learning and inspiration. I’ve got a little room set up with
tools and supplies, and have so far just been randomly ‘playing’ at
it making jewelry with what knowledge I’ve been gleaning.
And now, with all these recommendations/responses from you, Rob,
Don, Lori, Lorraine, Dana, Gerald and Karen, I’ve some great leads to
follow up on!
Glad to be here instead of there!