So I decided to give metalsmithing a try. I took a class from Stephanie Lee. She is an artist I truly admire. Her class was very straight forward and I learned a lot. I have to admit that I was very intimidated by the micro torch at first... so this was a big challenge for me; still now I am concerned of how to keep it safe at home now that it is filled with butane gas. The torch I bought doesn't have a lock, only an open and close gas knob... this disturbs me greatly because I fear the knob might turn accidentally... on its own... and the fumes will kill us... I know I am exaggerating but being a novice, I really don't know what to expect and I originally didn't exactly know what to look for when shopping for a torch.Moving on, here are my very first soldered bezels. They are still unfinished, I haven't bought a patina yet and I still haven't a clue on what to fill them with but here they are. Some of the bezel ideas I took from a class I haven't taken yet, but I plan to as soon as my budget frees up: the Towers and Turrets class by Sharon Tomlinson. I don't want to violate her copyrights and I wanted to give her credit. She is also another artist I admire much.
On a side note, I do want to make more art dolls. I have started on some and they now sit on my table as you can see. This Christmas I gave some of my dolls new homes and it was hard to part with them but I have to share my passion with others who appreciate and admire it. I can't hoard everything I make right!!???
I wish you all the best Christmas (late) and New Years! May your new year be full of new creations, ideas and filled with happiness shared with the ones you love.