It’s like packing for an expedition

May 29, 2011

I am starting to pack for my trip to Haystack and I feel like I am packing for an expedition to the far side of the world. I have done a lot of traveling in my life – I have gone backpacking for several weeks; I was a road warrior while I worked as a consultant and I would be gone for several weeks; I have gone to the wilds of Scotland for almost a month and yet this trip is throwing me off my game.In the informat [...]

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Finishing a few things I started

May 14, 2011

Here are a few items that I am finishing up. It feels good to be back in the studio and being creative.The first picture show Cross Forged Sterling Silver Drops.  It is hard to see but there is a hammered texture to them. Simple but elegant.Graduated Forged Wires.  These are made using Red Brass and my next pair will have an extra drop on each side and be out of silver.Shibori [...]

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Stumped!

May 12, 2011

Over the past few months I have written about how it is important to strike the metal on the stake in the correct manner. This implies that you are not only striking the metal at the correct angle but that the stake is at the correct height for YOU. Deb and I have been working on both of these subjects because I have had issues with them but mostly having my stakes at the correct height. My set up has been clampin [...]

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This is a test…

April 24, 2011

…..it is only a test.  In the event of a water landing your hammers, anvils and hoards of precious metals can not be used as flotation devices despite how much they cost.Why is this a test?Hanuman has installed the WP-o-Matic for me, so what I publish here on The Adventurous Silversmith will appear also on my Ganoksin Blog. It might take 24 hours to appear bit it will save me time. [...]

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Busy, Busy, Busy (Sorry)

April 24, 2011

Sorry, I have not been posting lately.  We are having a big push at work and I am now working 10-12 hours per day and some weekends. Thus I come home, eat, veg, go to sleep, go back to work.   I have been too tired to even think of a hammer on weekends and […]

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I have a (hammer) monkey on my back

April 24, 2011

I just realized I have a problem.I am addicted to buying hammers (and stakes) on eBay.I just won another hammer today. I did not mean to do it – I went looking for hammers, stakes and repousse tools while I was having my first cuppa this morning.  And there it was – a silversmith hammer, used […]

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Chasing & Repousse Tools

April 24, 2011

Last week a reader of this blog sent me a question about Chasing & Repousse tools. We exchanged several emails and afterwards I though, this would make a good post for others too read.   Remember, I am by no means a master of this technique (yet).  These are my opinions and I am not […]

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Dirty Hands Once Again

April 23, 2011

Back in December, I picked up a large “rustic” ball stake off of ebay for about 40 bucks before shipping costs. It is almost 3″ in diameter and brand new something like this would cost almost $200.  It looks like an old and possibly home made stake because the tang is long and round plus only the bottom of the tang is square to fit into the hardy hole of an anvil.   The stake is/was black and had qu [...]

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Haystack Here I come!!!!

April 16, 2011

I received really good news this week. I was accepted at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft for the second session. I went to Metals Week in Idyllwild, California last year. It is organized by Deb, who we all know by now, is my teacher & mentor.  I had a wonderful time but afterwards I knew [...]

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Is That A Muse Peeking Out of My Closet?

April 13, 2011

I think she is trying to come out… Over the weekend I was talking to my trainer (at the gym for weights) and we were admiring each others earrings.   I was wearing my cross-forged drops and she was wearing what was circle with graduated forged drops that could slide back on the circles. So this weekend, I am going down to Debs to make another pair of cross-forged drops for Caroline and a pa [...]

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