enamel over copper puffed heart with touch-up[/caption] I met a woman a few years ago and she told me about a studio that had metal working equipment and a retired college metalsmith teacher running the place. You commit to one or two days a week, or evenings, and you can use all the equipment there as well as get instruction. At the time, it was hard to commit to going once a week especially in the summer when I am teaching summer camp and doing shows. In the last year, I decided to try and get to the studio one day a week. It has been fruitful in many ways. I work on things and have been sharpening my metalsmithing skills. I complete projects! I'm am far less distracted than when working at home. I'm learning new things. You can weld metal, cast, press, enamel, etch, solder, melt, roll, you name it.
This photo is not retouched. I think it could use a little tweeking--but maybe the shine of the enamel adds some depth. I finally upgraded to Creative Suites 6, and used Photoshop to alter the top photo.
I'm getting ready for fall shows. The first show will be the Colorado Potters Show & Sale where I'll have metal clay jewelry and pottery for sale. It's November 1, 2 & 3 this year. I'll post the rest of my schedule soon! BTW