Saturday, August 1, 2015

Part II: Hard Rock Cafe @ 30.96 Hastings: MetalWorks Forum; Torch Fired Enamelling; SilverSmithing; Forging (Blacksmithing)


Bauble, Bangles, Beads, Forging, and Rings


Metalworks-Diatoms




Working Silver

Setting up your Silversmithing Workshop Studio
New Westminster        British Columbia      Canada


Flame Painting Copper



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Ford Hallam                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pM0VnL30rDc





August 18, 2015 8:29am  Metalworks
Ford Hallam Tiger Video




.........  Plum and Waterflow (video)

July 21, 2015 9:40am
      Metalworks-check out: Harufumi Shiraki




July 16, 2015
Metalworks-if you have Cold Feet and Wonderment something is going Right

--Dear all,

... have just recently become a fan of Facebook (a few months-seriously) ... became friends with Michael David Sturlin ..it reminds me that sometimes we want to make things 'as quick as possible. and in the end ..methinks, are we really so enthralled at what we accomplished that we would bolt out of our bed and run down onto a cold frigid concrete floor in the workshop to view at our creation and stare in wonderment ...when i was younger person taking several jewelery courses with Olga H. (at her home) the techniques she taught me from the old schools in Europe and the fierce austere manner of her teaching created for me by her guidance jewelry that gave me such moment-truths (and many times) ..today I could never reproduce the patience and discipline she wanted to impart onto me to make these pieces ..so going back to Michael David Sturlin see his timeline of Facebook and as attached a picture of 6 saw pierced/carved bezels in .999 silver ...using file and saw and imagination / patience and discipline to do it right. He has given the right to copy these patterns from his postings on Facebook (he teaches his students these tasks).. they are a joy to look at ...a way to do this same project but at a relatively macroscopic way is to forge half round wire from round stock using a swage block (could solder up into bangle or leave it flat) and just using your needle files play with patterns (maybe even saw pierce edges/rounds/triangles et.al.)



..it'll take a while to finish the project but maybe you'll experience the cold feet in the early morning and gap in wonderment at your work like a child who has first walked onto a horizon with no end in sight... www.michaeldavidsturlin.com


PS ...discovered if you want to check out /follow jewelers works specifically...type their, name.com and you'll more than likely get to their works directly...discovered this looking through Metalsmith mag.

cheers

mike


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July 20, 2015   9:57am
     Metalworks -next HRC today at 09:00 AM- 2:30 PM...

Hi all,

--brought piano keys for distribution to attendees...tooling for wave bracelet...and todays DVD will be etching with Lexi E...also brought a home made sinusoidal stake and will show that tools you need to make and the book where the patterns are to make this tools as well on youtube can find the info required to make the speculum/anti/synclastic jewelry as Beth Wicker Per, Michael Good / hope to see you today

cheers

mike

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July 20, 2015  10:19pm
Metalworks- Museums/craft schools/ museums/ general interest/ summer camps from Metalsmith magazine volume 334/ no.2/ 2014


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July 21, 2015 9:40am
      Metalworks-check out: Harufumi Shiraki




--Dear all,

promised some people i would put a link to the fine jewelry works on youtube of saw piercing .... youtube:  Harufumi Shiraki ....one can check out his use of the templates/stylus, positioning of templates and his Bench pin is composed of ebony and/or iron wood which is hard/slippery (which allows more subtle mobilty of his project to the saw position) and his kerf on the bench pin is thin which allows a better singing of the blade rather than the chatter if both sides of the fine sawing is not supported properly...

cheers

mike

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July 22, 2015  11:02am
    Metalworks-   enamelling starter kit  Eugenia Chan

I think the attached are the very basic for Enamelling, plus a few colours on enamel powder.
You don't need a tripod if you don't have one, the stainless steel Spatula is a new design that makes shifting and picking up the piece a charm. The Torch is easy to use and the butane canisters can be bought at the Chinese grocery for a pack of 4 for $5.00.


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 July 22, 2015, 11:22
     Metalworks- another website on Southwest Indian Jewelers works

Dear all,

-check it out: Stimulating ... www.collectionsouthwest.com remember to bookmark your most valuable URLs saves time ...classic -- comtemporary designs... 



cheers

Mike
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July 22, 2015 12:08pm
    Metalworks- a Compendium of Indian Artist's names (google)...Jewelry Sources-websites


--Dear all,

    ... try to find the best in class of books on a subject matter and immediately go to the end of  the book..seeking out references/sources/institutes..these 4 sheets of information should act as a stimulation for designs in the Indian motifs... hope this helps should you wish to explore this design further or if you dry up for ideas explore in your down turn of a busy lifestyle..

 Southwestern Indian Jewelry - Crafting New Traditions



cheers

mike




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July 22, 2015  12:19pm
    Metalworks- two more websites for you- Schiffer and Brynmorgen

--Dear all,

 this will be my last postings for this week until our next meeting July 27 - 2015 at the Hard Rock Cafe- 09:00 AM-2:30 PM the websites are: 

1) www.schifferbooks.com/arts-crafts-catalog-957/arts-crafts-828/jewelry-874/ this is an independent publishing outlet..featuring - Art Jewelry Today (collection of 3) which are books for Designers/Collector-99.7% pictorial delight and another one is -Art Jewelry Europe ..a nice publishing site that caters to a wide audience . 

2) www.brynmorgen.com/resources.html you will find pattern sheets for ring sizing and a circle divider for free and a wonderful palet presentation on patination..its simple and concise...check it out 

Hope to see some of you next Monday

..take care

 mike



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July 29, 2015 
 Metalworks-next meeting the Day after BC Day.. www.schifferbooks.com

--Dear all,

 just because there's a holiday doesn't mean i'm going away..the next day after BC Day.. i will be at the same place same time (spst)  09:00 AM-2:30 PM...i will be re-showing my accessory drill bit block/some sinusoidal stakes...and whatever suits me to make things interesting..because of the US dollar reversal value I need to conserve my habit of ordering goods from the USA ...but finally i'm going to get myself the orca / beluga / EZ torch 

Otto Frei torch equipment  


 ...maybe i can start some soldering finally..most of my torches failed don't know whether it was due to dirty gases or faulty torch head design..frustrating to say the least..so join me if you can.. 

picked up two more books from the Library...modern jewelry (1930-1960-egads-really ??) and Modern Blacksmithing (some of the designs are a means to an end-wrought iron fences can provide ideas for your jewelry-check it out) will be bringing these books to the Hard Rock Cafe the day after BC Day holiday...by the way these books are from Schiffer Books as mentioned from one of my earlier emails www.schifferbooks.com 

cheers 

mike 

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July 31, 2015
    Working silver Newsletter


Here's a site that provides studio space in the lower. Area...provides some educational material as well...maybe a trend starting here ...anyone knows of others please forward... @ Hard Rock Cafe we will be discussing several books that have come to my attention from...hope to see you on Tuesday after bc Day ...

Working Silver




Cheers

Mike
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August 1, 2015
    Metalworks- www.Schifferbooks.com Contemporary Blacksmith & Modernist Jewelry-1930-1960


dear all,

Here are 2 books from: www.Schifferbooks.com - see attachments... Contemporary Blacksmith..a host of ideas from the very large to the small...how many an anvil has smitten a hammer unless of course you're using a 40 tonne hammer press...

Modernist Jewelry- 1930-1960... i knew i was in a time trap but why is it that this Era (1930-60) seem in tune with today's styles... these 2 books can be loaned thru the Inter-library request on your VPL card will bring these 2 books into our Hard Rock Cafe gathering this Tuesday, August 4th-2015...  join me at your convenience anywhere between 09:00 AM until 2:30 PM ....

there i sit lonely hearted,
braved the winds of discord un-delighted

...even the perseverance of the slug gets to the Ark

.. cheers

mike 
Marbeth Schon
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Dona Z. Meilach
 

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August 17, 2015   10:57pm
   Metalworks- Fwd: [FWD: invitation to guild re: upcoming bead & jewellery show]
Vancouver Bead & Jewellery Show is a 3 day event being held from 11th September to the 13th September 2015 at the Croatian Cultural Centre in Vancouver, Canada. This event showcases products like Bamboo Beads & Bling, Beadsmart, Gemantra Gems & Minerals, Pink Gargoyle Design, Serenity Pearls, Silvia Findings, Stephanie Ann Studios, The Painted Cookie and much more etc. in the Gems & Jewelry industry.

cheers

mike
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August 18, 2015   7:39am

    Metalworks-Compendium on forming speculums and other fluid forms..next meeting


Dear all,


not sure you got this information..for the next year i am going to patiently acquire equipment from Fretz/NCBlack and otto frei to make this subject metal forming /shell forming and speculum shaping do-able...the forming blocks that Andrea Kennington makes seem like a nice purchase along with her Bad Betty/Cindys hammers...apparently she likes to name her hammers after people in her company ...unlike Fretz hammers which are named from a textbook on mechanical engineering and more cryptic and seemingly impersonal although when you have them in your hands ..awesome/delicate and poetic...a poem in motion so to speak

cheers

Mike

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August 18, 2015  8:01
    Metalworks- Ford Hallam video

 
Dear All,

have a look at this video...the skills/patience are incredible...look at the toolbar...> Video and you have 2 choices...all good..love the Katsuhira's Tiger.. http://www.fordhallam.com/


Katsuhira Tiger

Katsuhira's Tiger Video
 
cheers

mike

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 August 20, 2015  4:30pm
Metalworks- invitation to guild re: upcoming bead & jewellery show

dear all,

For anyone else who was tempted to take the flame painting on copper class for $67, but not sure you have a spare $67... http://www.vedicvaani.com/Round-Cotton-Wicks-%20Big and Flame Colouring Copper
 also, these folks make some amazing designs!
Apologies if you folks already know all this; I thought it was neat, and I will spend my $67 on propane and copper :D.
Now to hunt up some vids about how to make those pretty bracelets!

cheers

mike
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September 28, 2015   3:45pm
Metalworks-Flexshaft 4 classes on CRAFTSY 

Dear all,
go to http://www.craftsy.com/search?query=flex+shaft&type=&categoryUrl= and sign up for an account... pick jewelry and topic search for flex shaft ...there is an introductory free DVD posting on the uses of the flex shaft done by the technical director Mark Nelson at www.riogrande.com

4 dvd shorts on the maintenance of the flex shaft/ tooling heads/cutting/polishing/tool making and the use of assorted burrs/buds.spiders and others...a wonderful entry to the world of the flex shaft....all hands on !! will be at the Hard Rock Cafe for our round table talks on much ado about nothing..

see ya'll there hopefully...

enjoy and cheers

 mike

 &

Dear all,

    have a look of the works of Pam Caidin...really interesting...intricate and voluminous...she layers and contrasts nicely..for me she speaks volumes without saying another word...

                                                       www.pamcaidin.com

More


    cheers
Mike


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October 4, 2015  4:42pm
Metalworks-meeting tomorrow October 5th-2015 between 10:00 AM- approx. 2:30 PM

--Dear all,

.... will be present at the Hard Rock Cafe roundtable; bring your flash drives ... able to upload Kim St.Jeans -stone setting ..    YouTube   also will be showing the Wavy Bracelet video on www.potterusa.com and show you the actual tooling for this task .... Joni Kisro who works for "potter usa" is a good presenter check out her website at: www.jonikstudios.com (Get Hammered Metalsmith Studio LLC.) the bracelet on top 3rd from the left to right is her 



wavy bracelet made from the tooling which I will be presenting at our meeting
... see you all

mike

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 October 7, 2015  10:17pm
Metalworks-CRAFTSY.COM-DVD's and ..and...and

--Dear all,

.. there are 3 DVD series 5-7 short video feeds per series on the Flexshaft and others...locate on www.craftsy.com get free registration (email/password) type into the search bar  FREE MINI-CLASSES ... FLEXSHAFT by Riogrande's own- Mark Nelson and WIREWORKS and MICRO TORCHES...you check out like invoice and shows total....$0.00 and its yours...to view anytime/anywhere... search site and the videos are HD and perfect....there are other videos which are costed and when on sale probably worth it...especially going to purchase...Gollberg's soldering video (love her books "Ultimate Jeweler's Guide..lovely layout) and Victoria Lansford's DVD series on Granulation (expensive at 40 dollars but its a keeper in my estimation)....check out her website www.victorialansford.com Her repousse line of tools (eight in total) and DVD series are on my radar as well as her Filagree DVDs...old world jeweller..Eastern repousse and chasing style.

enjoy your craft and remember this month-October at Van Dusen Gardens....from Mushrooms to Art in the Garden ..I love Van Dusen Gardens in the Fall and Winter. Its the time i stroll/meditate and get to see nature in its true and inglorious state of hibernation...and just breath and sigh...sigh and breath..visit the library and have a hot chocolate drink...

 mike

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October 22, 2015  12:18pm
 Metalworks-Diatoms


Dear all,

 a question was brought up in the Creative Jewellers Guild about where to get inspiration for one's jewelery's works.. suggestions given were from Nature ...from Architectural design motifs.. from alphabets (African motifs) and Diatoms... attached is a scanned micrograph of Diatoms which rival every notion of shapes unimaginable...line drawings of this group puts to rest ovals/rounds and squares found in the template sheets in Lapidary shops ...other suggestions ..???..... Mandalas . Zentangles . Doodles ... Dover Publications (1000's of motifs)... but in our everyday lives we need observe design. its everywhere if only we could take the time..at the Van Dusen Gardens unravelling christmas lights for the Christmas Lights Festival..while in the gardens saw an Umbrella Magnolia which had leaves the size of a breastplate. I'll be there for the next few months observing their demise and an opportunity to silently; be silent. will send picture of it to all tomorrow

cheers

 mike



Scanned Micrograpah Diatoms




 Part I Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  MetalWorks Forum; Torch Fired Enamelling; SilverSmithing  

Part II Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Torch Fired Enamelling; Silversmithing; Blacksmithing

Part III Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings   Books

Part IV  Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Days of Old, Days of Gold

Part V Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Annual Rock and Gem Show : Children Activities too

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