The glass casting class with Sherri Lenart and Susan Lenart Kazmer (the Safety Sisters) was amazing. I have never worked with glass before. I loved the piece that I did. Here is another picture of it.....
The glass is a very pretty blue and I put it in a bronze bezel with silver prongs and bail. It changes color from blue to purple depending on the light. It's actually very large. I got a lot of comments on it at the show when I wore it.
My next class was torch fired and kiln fired enameling...another first for me. I only made one piece. I had trouble with it and had to clean it up a number of times and refire. I really enjoy this technique and want to get further into it. It's a great way to add color to the metal I work with.
On Wednesday, Cris and I went down to Chicago to Urban Remains. It's an industrial salvage place. They have a fantastic showroom and a separate warehouse. These are some of the things from the showroom.
Cris pointing out a safety sign...reminding everyone to wear their safety glasses
No idea what these were but they look like a giant pair of ear wires.
I loved this white metal chest. At $1,075....I didn't love it enough to bring home.
We spent a couple of hours in the warehouse, in the hardware room. There were drawers and boxes full of all kinds of door hardware. Here's some of the things that I picked up.
Thursday was another class with Susan. It was riveting, prongs, and different types of cold connections. I started to make a piece using some of the hardware above, but it was going to take a while to drill through the door hardware in the spots that I wanted...so I decided to leave that until I had time to do it at home. Instead I made a piece with one of antique french dominos that I have.
The rest of the time was spent walking through the vendors. Thanks to the beautiful Meesh,
I was able to get into the show with a vendors tag....so I got in about 30 minutes prior to everyone else. Here are some Meesh beads.
At Gary Wilson's booth I picked up some cabachon's and strands of fossilzed coral and lily stems. These strand are wonderful.