Monday, July 20, 2009

Tension, not always a bad thing

Tension, sawblade, 'twang!!!' - not a bad thing.

Tension, headache, ow - bad thing.

Tension, sapphire, sterling - not a bad thing.

Yep, my first tension setting. What a sweet little baby.

Maybe something only this mother will cherish, looking past any newborn oddness, bumps, or weirdness -- bless your haaaaaaaaaart little one, you're all mine.

This was made yesterday when I got together with 3 other metalsmiths in PA. We converged AGAIN upon Rina - in her awesome studio. Lisa, Gary, and I all arrived before noon and stayed until at least 8pm. I was the first to arrive and the first to leave. And I had a blast. We hardly made anything, in fact, I was the only one that actually made anything although Lisa and Gary started a project very late into the day, and partway into a bottle of bourbon. They never finished. The ring that is. (actually they didn't finish the bourbon either - it was a HUGE bottle!) But they had fun anyway. ;-) Gary helped walk me through my first tension setting and I think I'm hooked. Can't wait to try another. And can't wait to get together with my pals again! Rina's studio is central for all of us - it took me less than 2 hours to get there, Lisa comes from the furthest but was there in just about 2 hours. Besides the yearly retreat in NC, this is the only time I really get benchtime with others. Can't say how much I enjoy it. :)

On Saturday I had some rare free time so I made a couple of rings, with my trademark shank.

This one is opal in sterling.

The other ring was damaged during polishing, I need to remake the setting. :(

I decided I needed to make something other than rings for a change, so I made this sweet little pair of sterling and garnet earrings.

I am leaving for vacation on Saturday but hope to get some bench time this week in addition to my Tuesday night tomorrow night. I am having a renewed 'fun' creating lately. )

It was a busy weekend and will be a busy week, but I hope to have a few more intersting things to post this week. STAY TUNED!


  1. I love the ring! What do you mean bless it's heart?! :) It's wonderful!
    Glad you all had a good time.

  2. COOL Janice!!!!! Its brill!

    Also tension in knitting/crochet - good thing!

  3. loved it. loved it. loved it.

  4. the ring is neat, another thing to learn.. oh it's never ending... have a fabulous vaca and I hope you get rest and relaxation!

  5. Surprise, it's me! lol! Yes, I'm still around...reading mostly, but I just had to let you know how much I LOVE your new tension ring...what a great project. I would love to learn that one day....adding to list of thing to try (becoming a L-o-o-o-o-n-g list). :) The earrings are beautiful too.

    Hope you have a fun vacation! :)

  6. Thanks all!

    Tammy, this ring has quite a few gouges in it - as I said on the forum - it was manhandled.

    Sherice, there is a good explanation on the forum of how I did it, feel free to check it out!

    HIYA Candace! I know you're still here - I have your blog on my reader, I've just been quiet too. ((hugs))

    Vicky! This one you can SO do with your current set up, no soldering!! (a bit of annealing though)

    Rina, I loved it too - can't wait to do it again. It ocurred to me that I never got to show Lisa bead setting......

  7. Great tension ring. Lovely earrings. Sounds like you had a blast!