Well I ordered the Steel Stamps and some copper blanks for the Mother’s Day Gifts. Yesterday morning I even made the mold of the fingerprints. I have been debating all week if I should buy a Heart Stamp or wait and see how I like the stamping technique. I am hoping that this project will turn out and that the Grandmas will love it. I decided on Copper Blanks opposed to the Sterling Silver Blanks for several reasons. First, Copper is easier to stamp, according to everything I have read and being that I really want this to turn out that was a huge bonus. Copper is also a lot cheaper than Sterling Silver (if I mess up on Copper I won’t be quite as mad.) Finally, I thought the different colors would work nicely together and I want the focal point to be the fingerprint opposed to the stamping. This weekend I plan on making some fingerprint charms out of my silver clay, I am praying they turn out and if all goes well I will be able to finish the charms this weekend. I also made a mold for a silver charm with two little footprints, if I have enough silver clay I am going to make up some Mommy Necklaces. The first priority will be Grandmas Mother Day Gift.
Today we went to the library and I checked out some Metalsmithing and Jewelry Making books. I am so excited and I think Jeff is happy I found something that I really enjoy – he wants to name my shop “Any of you boys smithies?” I have a whole list of things I want to purchase now, here is the top five:
I admit I find myself some expensive hobbies but I have wanted to learn metalsmithing for a while now – I mean who wouldn’t – a blow torch and metal. I love working with the silver clay I just can’t play with it like I want because of the kids. I have always wanted to make rings and maybe someday I will be good enough to make new Wedding Bands for Jeff and I out of platinum. Baby steps… first basic projects, I have to graduate up to the big projects! I am pretty lucky Savannah has several art stores that sell jewelry supplies, I see trips to Primary in my future (YAY! – Jeff just shuddered and doesn’t know why…) Well I must run dinner to cook, kids to entertain and books to read.