Friday, December 3, 2010

Metalsmithing Class -- Class Project

Well, things got a bit hectic and time flew!  This week marked the completion of our Basic Metalsmithing class. Whew!  I think it was a great experience...I believe I learned almost as much of what NOT to do as what TO do!  Overall it was a productive class!  We are looking forward to the Advanced Metalsmithing class that starts mid-January.

"So, what did you MAKE in that class, anyway", you ask???  Well, I made a lot of mistakes, but after all, and in and amongst, that, after much sweat, tears and even a little blood, I was able to make THIS!

Brecciated Jasper in Sterling Bezel, Copper Backplate, Brass Bale on Solid Copper Chain. All oxidized and polished for dimension and UMPH!

The project assignment was to use piercing as part of the design. I chose drilled holes and pierced decoration for the backplate. Additional design factors of mixed metals to compliment the luscious colors in the stone!

 The copper backplate reminds me of tooled leather.

 Backplate cut-away to reveal stone back.

Now I need a name for it! :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coming Soon to a New Retail Location - near you?!

We are excited about our newest Retail location - Kind Kandles & Beach Kreations!  We appreciate Rob and Denise for inviting and welcoming us into their store!  If you are in the Erie, PA area, feel free to pop in and tell them Kat and Dave sent ya!

Kind Kandles & Beach Kreations 
Holiday Store Hours:
2818 W 8th St., Erie, PA 16505 (click here for detailed map)
Monday 10 am - 6 pm
Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 7 pm
Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Service Area:
Erie ~ Buffalo ~ Ohio
Pittsburgh~New York