Thankfulness Challenge: November 6, 2013

     I’m thankful for…

…not being a Silversmith school drop-out.

Six weeks ago, I started a Silversmith class in our town’s high school.  The first night, I learned that Silversmithing is extremely complicated, and requires the use of fire and harsh chemicals.

The instructor is a master artist and silversmith, and promised that we would be shocked and pleased with our creations.   Admittedly at first, I questioned if I would attend the rest of the classes because of the hazards involved, but his convincing encouragement and jolly good ways had an effect on me.   I stayed the “course”.

Being that the class was only six weeks long, we had to make something small.  We could make a pair of earrings, a ring, a pendant, a pin, or anything we could think up that was relatively small.  And it had to be our own design.

One student creatively set her father’s dog tag into a setting for a necklace.

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Another student made a beautiful ring to go along with a bracelet she had.

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Beautiful stone pendants were made by two other women.

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And another student, our own Elaine Houston from Channel 13 News, made two pairs of sparkly, one-of-a-kind earrings.

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Elaine is wearing a pair here

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I decided to make a pendant for a necklace in the form of a flower.  As I was working on this project each week, I was amazed by how long sticks and flat sheets of silver could end up looking like a flower.  It wasn’t easy, but it sure was fun.  I’m so thankful I didn’t drop out.

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Our teacher took our “finished” pieces with him last night to shine them up.  We’ll pick them up next week and begin to proudly wear our hand-made masterpieces.

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5 Responses to Thankfulness Challenge: November 6, 2013

  1. Ann says:

    What great pieces of cradtmanship! You are so adventurous right there in your own community,Diane. I hope you will post a pic of you wearing your flower pendant!

  2. Diane that pendant is great! Nice job.

  3. Jill says:

    Great job! Can’t wait to see it on you!

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