I would like to share my little pipe dreams so you can either have a good chuckle over my aspirations or root me on while I keep challenging myself to go to the next level with my skills.
My first new technique I promised myself I would conquer is flush setting or as it is sometimes called "false gypsy setting. This technique involves drilling into a piece of metal, getting the oh so perfect size that matches the diameter of your shiny faceted stone, with a seat to hold it level and then very carefully burnished down the metal around the hole over the stone so it is "flush" or level with the surface of the metal. Below is an example from one of what we fondly refer to as one of the "big dogs" in metalsmithing on Etsy. This ring is from tinkertown- http://www.etsy.com/shop/tinkertown?ref=seller_info and I think it's a beautiful example of the beauty and simplicity of flush setting. The possibilities of this technique are just endless!
As you can see from this picture, not only can you do a totally unique design, but you can add color!!!
I have a really long list of more things I'd like to lean, but those will have to come after I master these two. I hope you've enjoyed a little glimpse into my journey with metalsmithing!
I hope you've enjoyed seeing some examples of my aspirations for learning in the new year. If you'd like to see some examples of other metalsmith's dream techniques, just check out any of the blogs below and share our dreams.
- Gayle - http://thisartistsjourney.blogspot.com
- Jessica @ Abella Blue - www.abellablue.com/blog
- Sylvia Anderson - http://www.sylviaanderson.blogspot.com/
- Autumn Bradley - www.autumnbradley.blogspot.com
- Scrollwork Designs - www.thesquarepegnation.blogspot.com
- Claire - http://brightstar109.blogspot.com/
- Carole - http://www.caroleaxiumdesigns.com/journal/
- Heather - http://mistyridgedesigns.blogspot.com
- Brandy - http://thefrogspond.wordpress.com
- Esmeralda (SilverBlueberry) - http://jewelry-by-silverblueberry.blogspot.com/
- Stacy http://formandfunktionaccessories.blogspot.com/
- Steph Stargell Designs - http://stephstargell.com