The weekend prior to the workshop I spent a good eight hours drawing up my squid - which was the new design I had chosen for my project. I originally was going to do a Koi, but then I saw a squid on some science show and thought that would be different on a cuff, especially if it look like it was wrapped around it.
So on Friday morning, I got up at 7:00, I was out of the house by 7:30 am and arrived in San Diego around 8:45 am with plenty of time to get settled into a workbench and meet the other students, and Megan who I had seen in over a year.
While Megan gave her first demonstration, I cut my silver sheet and square wire and then soldered the wire onto the sheet. I traced the design onto the silver and then lined it from the front. This took me until lunch time but before I took my break, I annealed the silver and put it back into the pitch pot. After lunch I was able to start the repousse on the back. I completed the initial pushing just before 5:00pm so again I pulled the cuff out of the pitch, annealed it and put it back into the pitch right side up so I could clean up the lining first thing on Saturday. I then went to dinner with Randee a weaving friend.
Again on Saturday, I was up at 7 and in San Diego by 9 ready to resume the work on the cuff. I did the lining and then once again flipped it over to do another (and final) round of repousse from the back. I did not break for lunch and *almost* completed the repousse in the afternoon and in time to join the class in a tool making session. I made an under cutting tool because I could then use it in the finishing of the design. We worked until around 6pm and then 4 students and Megan went out for dinner - Thai and it was some yummy food as there was a lobster special that night and we know how Laurie and her bunny like lob-stah!
Sunday I arrived at the studio around 8:30 because I had a lot of work to do. I finished the final repousse round and then I annealed, yes again, the cuff and put it back into the pitch right side up. I then started to under cut the design and also make sure I was making clean smooth lines. Once that was done I was able to planish the squid. I left the actual body alone because the repousse had given it a really nice smooth but bulbous texture. On the arms, I planished but left a slight dimpled texture on some. On the 2 long tentacles, I shaped and planished the ends smooth and even added a few little circles as suckers. After all of this, I was able to tackle the texturing of the background.
At around 3:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, the texturing was done. I popped it off the pitch, clean it and then annealed it so we could then form it into the cuff. This had to be done very slowly as the cuff could kink and with all the repousse, the silver is actually harder to bend. Megan did most of the bending and I held it in place on the mandrel as we slowly formed and hammers with a leather mallet. While this was happening, most of the other students were watching. Watching the bending was good for them as several remarked, as this allowed them to see how to do this, and what an advanced student could do and where practice could take them.
Around this time, many of us were talking money. I have sold one of my crumpled cuffs off my wrist, so we were theorizing what I would sell this cuff for IF the price was correct. We all bantered around some prices and finally I asked Megan "If this was in a gallery, would do you think this should be priced at?" And guess what her answer was?
TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED TO THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS!
How is that for an ego boost, and I know she was serious.
At 4:30 pm, class was over, Megan left to catch her plane home, I went out to dinner with a few of the other students and then went home to show my husband the fruits of my labor.
Today I filed the extra silver (beyond the wire frame) off and tomorrow I will solder the end wires and add a patina. I want a bluish/purple background with the squid silver that way it looks like it is swimming in the ocean.