Sunday, June 03, 2007


After reading about the mishaps that can happen while fusing, I was just a bit apprehensive going into this class. But my instructor, Katharine Rita, was so great at putting me at ease that I could have fused all day long. It was very satisfying watching the silver turn colors, then turn molten right before the ends fused. I can't believe I created this out 14g and 16g wire...

I was also taught how to dimple the flattened wire. Once the texturizing was done, we used a patina solution to dip the project. I had always used liver of sulphur, so using this liquid was like magic. Then it was on to polishing. Polish, polish, polish! Then a few minutes in the tumbler gave my new jewelry an awesome shine!

I was also able to create a pair of earrings to go along with the bracelet. I can't wait to take the advanced fusing class with a larger gauge wire and drilling. Next semester they are also teaching soldering.

Looking forward to creating some new pieces for the shop!

1 comment:

Monica Yvette said...

Hmm, I'd like to know the difference between fusing vs. soldering too. I've soldered plenty, but have not fused. I have an empty torch, but haven't braved it yet. Soldering is a very quick job if you have your flame high enough.