The third and last class from Bard's Sunday Sessions was held at Jewelry Arts Inc. on 49th St. Their studio is beautiful with lots of light and a great staff. We learned some basic techniques and got to hammer all our aggression out into a pice of metal which is always therapeutic. And I learned a new soldering technique. The director of Jewelry Arts showed soldering from the bottom of the seam up. Logically it makes sense. The solder will always flow towards the heat so if you are heating from the top why not flow from the bottom instead of trying to angle the flame awkwardly at the bottom while really just heating the top. I tried it and it worked well but I definitely need a little practice to make it more intuitive.
Below find some of my texture work and all the lovely hammers I got to play with.
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Thank you Bard and Jewelry Arts!