This project was a learning experience. When I first realized that the solder had spread over the copper background (I used too much), I was pretty discouraged and almost called it quits. I'm glad I decided to continue working on it! Even though this piece is full of mistakes, I kinda love it! I'm not sure what happened in the upper left area but I think it's pretty cool looking and it adds a little interest in my opinion. The coloring of this piece reminds me of a robin which is very fitting.
2015 was a huge year for Karisma by Kara! I took a HUGE step forward by adding soldering to my skill settings. I'm still learning but I am already able to do so much more than I could before. It has been so much fun discovering all the possibilities with soldering, but now I'm ready for more! The next step is perfecting my use of the jeweler's saw and soldering bezels (stone setting). I hope you will continue on this exciting creative adventure with me!
Here is a flash-back to my post about learning to solder...
Friday, April 03, 2015
Yesterday I learned a new skill which I have been wanting to learn for quite some time now-SOLDERING! It is not nearly as hard as I thought it would be! My husband even took an interest and learned right along with me. Well, he actually kind of took over so I am practicing more today on my own. We had a blast though. It was fun working together although I learned that I don't like to share! :) I barely slept last night because I had too many ideas swarming in my head. Here are some fun "Behind the Scenes" photos from yesterday evening.
Can't wait to see what's next!
After learning the basics, I worked on several difficult practice projects. I challenged myself early on. I learned to do that in college! Well, I was sort of forced to do that. I remember always being surprised at what I could accomplish by being pushed to go above and beyond what I thought I could do. Now I push myself. That is probably one of the greatest take-aways from my college experience.
Below is one of my first practice projects. It took forever but it was incredibly rewarding in the end!
Thanks for reading!
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
It isn't often that I get to tinker and play around with new ideas at my work-bench. My days are usually full of making jewelry for orders and working online. However, as a creative, I NEED this time. Of course there is always something else of pressing matter that is going to need to be done. That's part of the business. But creating is equally important and sort of the whole point! :) It also leaves me refreshed and energized so I can tackle those other important, pressing matters.
Last night, I decided that I wanted to make something new. I had an idea of a design in my head but when I started working, other ideas started coming to mind. I tinkered around with a couple of concepts and then one idea sparked another and VOILA-this necklace was born!
Maya was certainly right about that creativity thing! :) Now I have a few more ideas for new designs!
Now it's time to get back to that other important stuff ;) I have a show this weekend and I have several earrings to make.
Go make something ! :)