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.
Another student made a beautiful ring to go along with a bracelet she had.
Beautiful stone pendants were made by two other women.
And another student, our own Elaine Houston from Channel 13 News, made two pairs of sparkly, one-of-a-kind earrings.
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.
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.