In the Jewelers Studio...

On Saturday I had the opportunity to teach my dear friend Greg some jewelry making skills.

Greg bought some lovely little pearls when he was on a beach in Africa a few years ago, with the intention of getting them made into jewelry for his Mom and Sister one day. I suggested that he join me in my studio to make them himself. I thought that Greg would find moving metal pretty fun. We started by hammering out two circles with a disk cutter and then doming them in a dapping block.

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Then Greg textured the metal with a ball bur at my bench.

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We had two perfectly textured silver domes.

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Then Greg's partner Dave and our beautiful friend Becky came by with Hanukkah Cookies.

Happy Hanukkah!

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I let Greg take a short cookie break and then I made him get right back to work.

Like any good teacher I made sure to always look sternly over his shoulder while he worked.

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Of course, no jewelry would be complete without a little bit of colour.

So, i sifted some transparent purple enamel over the textured silver

and then torch fired the piece.

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Here are the finished pendants. Nice Job Greg! It was so much fun having you work in my studio with me!

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