So, I'd like to second the mention of the new Cherokee street beading store. The owner is a lovely woman, and extremely willing to help out with whatever! Also, I'd like to mention The whole nine yarns which is on e main street in Woodstock. It is fabulously stocked with lots of yarns and a great supply of spinning stuff. The lady there mentioned lots of classes and stuff they do. She was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. I'm searching for a jewelry supply store, so anyone have any ideas? I'm a KSU student, located on south loop in Marietta, so I've got some leeway as to traveling distance.
As I'm always a trifle scatterbrained when reading posts, I can't say who asked for this, but... If you're interested in getting the following items, the easiest, cheapest place to get stuff for jewelry making is ebay. It helps to know the names of what you need, so heres a general list to get you started: ring/bracelet mandrel, preferably steel (mixed opinions on this, but I'll be honest, my plastic one was so badly nicked and scratched, despite it being compressed, hardy plastic, that I never recommend getting one) solder torch: I have the advantage of dating a guy in construction, so I got to play with his first, but it is sometimes simpler to ask around for the best brands to get. solder (looks like a bale of wire, essentially.) Make sure you get jewelry caliber, as it does not tarnish as easily. If you're just playing around, or are trying to learn, it is cheaper to buy regular solder, but it will not pay off in the long run. I just picked up a neat little pencil torch, they're fun to play with, usually cheap, and much easier and less bulky to handle than a solder torch. But I would recommend this for people who are only interested in small bits of jewelry, not anything really durable. It is a finer works type of thing. Jewelry working hammer, silver hammer, metalsmith hammer. These are better when they are rubber or nylon, as they make less abrasive marks, but I do have friends who swear by the metal headed ones, with the bonus that they are much quicker to work with. brick or hotbrick. This is the equivalent of a save all for your carpet, counter, table, whatever that you work on. They are temp tested to not catch on fire, and they don't scorch or mark with solder droppings. This is a good thing. You can use aluminum foil and other temp safe things in their place, but I recommend picking one up. Silver stock. This comes in a variety of sizes, usually referring to width, and types, usually referring to shape. Most come in a d shape, flat on the bottom and half moon on the top. They also come in a variety of lengths. I highly recommend finding a local place that stocks it, as it becomes very tedious waiting on shipping, etc to get it in to your hot little hands. Also, the quality is pretty universal, but sometimes you get misrepresentation on the internet, people selling junk stock for jewelry stock. I'm sure I've missed a few things there, but it's six am and I'm the succesful bidder of a few items on ebay and must pay them off. Sleepy time!
Honestly, as far as I can tell, sculpture and blowing, or some fusion of the two. I'm not exactly sure if they are going to produce the exact things I picture in my head (clays so easy, you picture and let your fingers do the walking. glass finger walking? yeouch) so I'm looking for some names of stuff and then I'll be able to come back with far more specific questions.
I don't know if any of y'all ever looked at Antimony and Lace, but I used to be in love with this one dress posted on there by Ragdolly. It was a simple dress, but the patchwork was superb. I was wondering if anyone has done any patchwork in dress form, and if so how do you recommend going about it? I've tried the make a dress and cover it later, but the seams didn't turn out very well, so I'm searching for other options.
Basically, I'm very new to the concept of glass working, always thinking it was an impractical impossibility. Recent events have led me to believe it might not be, and now I'm a little on fire to gather information.
I've contacted two seperate in person sources for information, but as they are artistes and very specialized, it's not quite the broad view I was looking for. I've also looked up on the internet, but it's a little difficult to really research a topic without any clue as to the terms that I'd be looking for. So any willing soul out there who might be able to provide me with a mini-lexicon of terms that I could look up would be fabulous, as well as anyone willing to take a moment to explain the different types of glassworking and whats different about them.
I hope to be studying glass blowing at UM-Ann Arbor in a year and a half, but I would love to get started in glass techniques well before then. I also would like to have some general idea what kind of techniques there are, so that I can incorporate that in with what I 'learn from the pros'. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
my best friend and I both bought patterns by that same company and both had the exact same problem... She was fortunate to be doing the butterfly, which starts to fade at the bottom... It just faded a little sooner!