Learning Soldering

In May I took a getaway to Racine for continuing education.

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Ordering new tools always fills me with anticipation.

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Crystal Neubauer, who introduced me to Wax and Wire in 2012, offered another wax and wire workshop with soldering and pinback-making.

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Since my larger DOT Show pieces could have used some stabilization, I was eager to learn more.

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Crystal met us in her temporary studio, and has since moved to a different floor in the same location.

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Perusing other people’s tool collections is so fun.

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So many toys to play with.

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As is seeing all the samples she created.

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Day one was spent bending and hammering wire.

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My index finger took the brunt of one hammer strike, turning an array of colors until deciding on black for now.

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We bent shapes to embellish the next day.

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We were also taught soldering with a torch, but none of us could get the hang of it on day one.

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I watched and noted.

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A few of us were determined enough to keep trying the next day, and I made two successful joins after numerous false starts.

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I learned to use my own brand-new dremel and will be finishing the 2 pins later this summer to add brooches to my collection.

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Crystal also showed us how to make a cradle for a bezel, and riveting.

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We closed out day one with dinner.

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On day two we were taught wax techniques, including dipping, pouring, adhering and monoprinting.

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We brought our own embellishments and also were gifted some of Crystal’s collected papers to play with.

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The mini-pour was super inspiring.

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We embellished our bezels.

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I experimented with wrapping and pouring.

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I also snuck in on the printing station for some fun paper to work with later.

Monoprintfun

Even the mono-printed trash was pretty.

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One of my Swarm butterflies became a waxed collage experiment.

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Everyone was so creative and inspiring.

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I am happy with my new pieces, and look forward to implementing the techniques learned.

results

Some of these will be mine for the time being until I am ready to post them in the shop.

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This weekend I will pick up more inspiration at Cultivate Urban Rain Forest with their next wire artist show opening.

Slivinski

I cannot wait to meet Lucy Slivinski and examine her flowers up close.

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