What I Learned in Jane and Richard Salley’s Class This Time

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I am writing this blog post from my cozy kitchen where stew is simmering on the stove and vegetables are roasting in the oven.  This is a new experience for me because I am relaxed.  I am relaxed because I am newly retired and do not have to get up at the crack of dawn each day  to fight the wind and sleet to my office.   I do not have to cram whatever cooking I might choose to do into the nights or weekends.  I can go into my studio and work when I want.  I actually visited Beading Yoda yesterday for conversation and a cup of tea.  (I will share the cache of Huichol beaded  earrings  I got for her in a later post.)  And I am newly-returned from a Jane and Richard Salley metal smithing class I took at the Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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I learned I could pack lighter and still have everything I need, although I wish I had brought more silver bezel wire.

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I learned how to combine leather and silver to make jewelry! I learned how to make a hinge with a pin closure. I learned that you can drop your focal stone on the brick floor and rescue it with a little epoxy glue. If you can find all the pieces.

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I learned how to set a coin in a bezel and some soldering tricks that will give me a better result the next time I do it.

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I learned how to make this nifty spring-tension clasp!  I will be making more of these and working on design variations.

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I learned that it was possible to saw out a word in brass without feeling like putting a sharp object in my eye.  October 31 is my wedding anniversary so I made this for my husband even though I will have to wear it for him.

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I learned that if you execute a new technique perfectly the first time, it will take you thirty tries to do it again.  Wait,  I think I already knew that.

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I learned some new things to do with Faux Bone and mixed metals.

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I also learned a lot of other stuff including the location of a few liquor stores.  But I dare not reveal everything on this blog.

Many thanks to Jane and Richard and Sam and everyone at Hacienda Mosaico.

What’s Cooking at the Hacienda

 

 

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I am currently living the good life at Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, taking a class with Richard and Jane Salley. In addition to the class and the beautiful surroundings, the Hacienda serves up some delicious meals. All of which facilitate learning and relaxation.

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My Father’s Watchmaking Bench

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I was so inspired by the class that I took with Richard and Jane Salley last week that I finally decided to set up my Dad’s old watchmaking bench to make jewelry. My brother gave it to me ten years ago. It’s solid oak and I don’t know where my Father found it, but he refinished it and replaced missing parts. I will make a few modifications, like removing the strip of molding from the front so I can clamp on my bench pin. Or mounting a piece of wood on top with a curve cut for the bench pin and room underneath for storage. It has a sweeps drawer so it’s perfect for sawing.

Here are some modifications I have made so far

A magnetic strip to hold files

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and a rack for hammers that I made with wood strips, metal brackets, and a few nuts and bolts.

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I am still processing the class and will write more about it next week.