Silver Smithing Progress

A while ago I mentioned that I was going to start a silver smithing class. Now I only have one class left and I’ve really loved it.

So far I have made three rings: One for Shawn, one for Ivy and one for myself.
3 rings

Mine is a plain, half-round ring in 100% recycled sterling silver. Shawn’s ring is made from the same wire as mine, but it has been hammered to give it texture (although his is hard to see at the back of this picture).

Ivy's ring WIP

Ivy’s Ring – A Work in Progress… and in the background a pendant I’m working on too.

Ivy’s ring is plain like mine, but it isn’t finished yet. Above you’ll see a little flower resting against her ring. I sawed this from some sheet sterling silver, but I need to perfect the edges and finish this weekend. On Monday night I’ll anneal it (heat it, which will strengthen it), dome it so that the petals curve up slightly, then inside I’m going to put a small silver ball that I’ll make by fusing some of my scrap silver together. (When you heat up your scraps they ball up. It’s very cool to watch.) Once that’s done I’ll solder the ball on, then solder the flower to the ring. It’s going to be so freaking adorable I might need one for myself when I’m finished.

I just hope it goes according to plan. Wish me luck!

Creative Advice

I could sit here and give you unsolicited creative advice ALL DAY. Really, I could. I also suspect that I should sit down and give this one some thought before posting away. So what I might do, is share this with you in the meantime. I have shared this on facebook before, but I like the idea of having it embedded in my blog too.

This gem of wisdom is from Ira Glass. He is a bit awesome. If you are not yet across it, you should also check out his (deservedly) wildly popular podcast: This American Life. Trust me when I say you should not care that this is American if you are not. There are themes in this that we can all relate to and are just plain interesting.

Anyway, here is the bit you really should listen to…