Sunday, April 29, 2012

Where Has All the Time Gone? Part 2

As you can see, I've let another month go by without a post. I keep thinking I will get back on track, but I continue to get in my own way. So let's try again.

First things first: I finished spinning the Llama/Soy Silk roving. It came out quite well, but a little less yardage than I originally thought; about 140 yards.
I still haven't used any of the yarns I've spun, just waiting for them to tell me what they want to be.

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Actually, I haven't been doing very much fiber work at all lately. Mostly, I've been making glass beads and doing quite a bit of wire and metal work. Since I started taking a metalworking class again, after at least 12 or 15 years, I got very involved with it. When I used to work metal in the past, it was usually silver. But the cost of silver has gone up so dramatically that copper has become the metal of choice; at least to practice new techniques. The thing is; I discovered that I really like copper, and since I'm here in Copper Country, it seems appropriate to use it as my new medium, not just for prototypes, but for the Real Deal.

And Turquoise looks really great with Copper. But since I'm a Glass Bead Maker, what could be better than to make glass beads that simulate Turquoise.

The pendant above utilizes a technique called FoldForming. I first used it back in my original foray in metalsmithing, mostly using Fine or Sterling Silver. But I find that copper lends itself very well to all the differing aspects of foldforming, which I am now exploring:

 More on that the next time around.