Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Metalsmithing Class - Week 2

Today was our second classroom session of our Metalsmithing course at the Tulsa WaterWorks Art Center.  Last week was basic discussion/show and tell of tools and terminology.  Today was the day to jump right into some very basic but very exciting and fun techniques!  We learned different types of joints, how to properly load and adjust the blade for the jeweler's and the process of going from a piece of metal to two pieces of metal connected with solder -- design, saw, cut, file and finish ends (today was a butt joint), clean the metal properly, apply flux and solder, solder, quench and pickle.

I have already had my share of playing with all these but my first time to actually use a jeweler's saw.  We typically use a scroll saw for cutting, but hadn't had a WHOLE lot of luck with it...Today, I think I figured out WHY -- not enough teeth per inch for the gauge of metal we are cutting!  So, that will be the next experiment for using the scroll saw.

Come to find out, there is a standard table to determine how many TPI (Teeth Per Inch) your blade needs to be based on the gauge of sheet you intend on using it on.  To have a proper TPI - Sheet Gauge ratio, you must have at least 3 teeth on the metal surface at all times.  If memory serves me, the table goes something like this:

28ga -- #4/0
26ga -- #3/0
24ga -- #2/0
22ga -- #1/0
20ga -- #1
18ga -- #2
16ga -- #3
14ga -- #4
...and so on in both directions up and down the table.  The smallest I have noticed so far is 8/0 (TINY TINY TEETH for some super thin sheet!!!).

David seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself!  He blew right on through to make THREE different types of soldering applications!  The instructor was smiling knowing he was so eager to learn!

We are really anxious to see what next week holds.  I am already imagining actually being able to MAKE pieces I've had locked inside my head!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tulsa WaterWorks Art Center

What a fabulous surprise discovery!
Someone had the creative foresight to breathe new life into an old WaterWorks facility!
Tulsa WaterWorks Art Center
 Tulsa WaterWorks Art Center is a great resource tucked away just outside downtown Tulsa.  It is available to local artists of all ages and persuasions!

Entry and into studio
Children's Fiber Art Display
Grinding Station

Fused Glass variations displayed in work room
Pottery Studio
There is a kiln room too, but I didn't see that until we were leaving.

Interested in attending their next public display?
Enjoy "Pinwheels for Peace" art display to be held on September 21 at Newblock Park.

Metalsmithing for Jewelry Making at Tulsa WaterWorks

David and I are excited about the Basic Metalsmithing for Jewelry Making class we have signed up for that begins tomorrow morning (evening class was already full!)!

Soldering Station

I'm sure it will fill in the blanks I have and introduce David to a variety of techniques.  They also offer an Advanced Metalsmithing for Jewelry Making that you can be sure that we will be enrolling in upon completion of basic!

2 1/2 hours, one day a week, 12 weeks.

Blog Kick Start?!


Seems summer kept us so hopping there was no time for blogging! *shame shame!!!* Things have quieted down JUST enough for me to jump back into the Blog! Keep your eyes peeled for some exciting things happening here!

I trust you all had a fabulous summer and got the kiddos started back to school without TOO many hitches. LOL I am looking forward to new creative inspirations to share with you all here!