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I have been spending time reflecting. I took a break from working at my bench for some much needed rest, relaxation and recharging of my artistic batteries. The break lasted longer than I expected, yet I believe that is exactly what I needed to become a better artist. My husband and I vacationed out on the Oregon coast. We enjoyed some fall hikes, walking along the shores of the Pacific Ocean and soaking in the beauty of nature. New inspirations were just a few of the benefits.
After that kind of hiatus from the bench, it felt both good and a little strange. Working with my hands is extremely satisfying and initially I did feel a bit rusty. I think it’s safe to say I am back and fully operational now.
Sometimes I find inspiration from movies. Here is an example. Any thoughts on which movie inspired this piece?
Quoting the infamous episodes from Friends with my own spin, “I was on a break…. a much needed break”. Given this experience, I broke some of my own rules of spending at least 5 minutes a day in the studio. That does give me some pause and contradiction, yet I know me and this break was something I truly needed to recharge my creative batteries.
All that being said, I would encourage my fellow artists to do the same. Don’t fight the need for breaks from the work cycle or even worse, feel guilty about it. There are times when the best thing we can do for our creative process is rest and relax.
Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.
Tonight was a momentous occasion for me. I fired up my torch for the FIRST time! Nervous? Yes. Exciting? Yes. Results? Thrilling for me!
I have read, heard, and been counseled a lot about firing up my acetylene torch. You must respect the equipment and take the necessary precautions. Lexi was kind enough to set up my torch system last month and as I built up my confidence to have a project that I would solder here in my studio, it was time to fire it up.
Soldering stained glass is nothing like soldering metal. And I absolutely love to solder a stained glass window. I have soldered jewelry with Lexi’s guidance and I was eager to do it on my own. Lexi is known in her circles as The Torch because she is an expert solderer. I am her apprentice in a sense and not only did I want to do justice to her mentoring, I wanted to prove that I could solder something on my own…that is without Lexi watching me do it!
Tonight, I was ready. I am working on a piece for one of my glass cabochons that is in that lovely Crinklized dichroic glass from Coatings by Sandberg. I love that glass. I’ve worked on a design and now I was ready to solder the bezel for this piece. The bezel is the component that fits around the cabochon and holds it in place on the main back piece. You have to cut bezel ‘wire’ to just fit the cabochon. Not too tight and with just the right about of leeway to allow for the setting of the cabochon.
My husband, Dan, was kind enough to preserve the moment in digital so at the top of this post you see me quite focused on the solder process. The end result, the bezel is soldered together and fits the cabochon nicely.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish this piece tonight, so I will end with a tickler showing you the components that will be put together to form this pendant. In this photo, I have the bezel placed around the cabochon to confirm the proper fit. The base plate and bail are ready; both are bronze…this is my first time working with bronze. I find it quite lovely and rich. It’s one of Lexi’s favorite materials and I couldn’t wait to start working with it.
My obligations are such that I may not get back to finishing this until Sunday. So I will leave you with these views of what is to come in my next post.