This winter I signed myself up for a jewelry class at the Rensselaer County Center for the Arts in Troy, NY. www.artscenteronline.org
I can't say enough good things about the Arts Center. The jewelry class was great. My teacher, Maria Fusco, was fantastic and the women in my class were so nice.
My kids take classes there over the summer and love it. If you live close to Troy and you have any interest in the arts, check it out.
We learned to cut, sodder and manipulate copper, nickle and brass. I learned that if you don't flux your metal before you take a torch to it the delicate figure you spent time cutting out will have her arms melt off before your eyes.
Below are my projects. 2 cuff bracelets, a domed pin and some rings.
see the cut out of the woman?
ocean waves and foam
floating female figure in the water - with disappering arms
A word about my inspiration:
My aunt and uncle were antique dealers. When I was growing up I was exposed to a lot of Art Nouveau and Tiffany art glass. The colors in the glass, organic shapes and lines and the female figures had a great influence on me. The plate below is something I used to draw in high school. I was fascinated by the movement of the lines.