Take The Plunge…Silver Smithing Class

Have you ever wanted to take your current skills to the next “level”?  How much will it cost?  How much of my time will it take up?  In the end, will it be worth it?  The answer is a resounding  “YES”!  Here’s the scoop in my location, Cleveland, Ohio.

I found an amazing teacher through a web search.  She was skilled, knowledgeable and witty.  The witty part was especially fun!   I talked a good friend to take the class with me.  That arrangement worked out beautifully since we took an evening class!  The length of the class was three (3) hours, once a week for five (5) weeks.  The price of $150.00 was very reasonable.  Even though it was a beginner’s class, we were able to make a very substantial sterling silver ring with a stone cabochon setting.  The price for supplies was only $15.00!  All the tools we used belonged to the instructor and were left at the studio at the end of class.

I’m so glad I took the class!  I bumped up my jewelry making skills, made a new friend and found that IF I want to use the instructor’s tools (for a small fee) I can!  Also, the instructor would be available for further instruction.  By the way, she also offers an intermediate silversmithing class.

Please be sure to stop by her studio to see all that she offers.  You’ll be very glad you did!  If you have any questions about taking a silversmithing class I would be happy to share with you!   Have fun!  Here’s the link to an awesome experience:

SAS Design Studio:  http://www.sasdesignstudio.com/

 

 

LOVE this pickle!

Do you like pickles? No, not the ones you like to eat with your ham sandwich. The easy-on-the-earth-we-live-on pickle! This pickle cleans off fire-scale* from your metal jewelry.

I was quite cautious about using a caustic pickle mixture. Everything I read about it was HORRID! I didn’t want to worry about getting it on my skin, in my eyes and on my jewelry making bench. So, I just kept on researching and found a really great ‘natural’ pickle. I have used it for a couple of weeks and it works wonderfully! The fire-scale is cleaned off nicely and doesn’t harm anything that I value! The recipe is at the end of this post, if you’d like to try it.

I bought a little, used crock pot to heat the pickle mixture. It seems to work better warmed up a bit. I leave the metal in the pickle for about 15 minutes. Then, I turn off the crock pot and remove the metal piece using popsicle sticks. I then rinse and dry the metal and prepare it for the next step…whatever that might be.

The BEST part is that I’m not involved in harming the planet. That makes my heart happy! (Wouldn’t that make a cute stamped disc? A little smiling planet…sign!)

Hope you have a really nice evening!

Natural Pickle Recipe

About one cup of White wine vinegar to one teaspoon of iodized or kosher salt or slightly more, if required.   Should be used warm for best results.  I have personally used it on copper and sterling silver only.  Please be advised to dispose of responsibly.  Due to the possible metal content, pour into plastic container, label, then take to your community land fill.  There should be persons on site to help you.