Tuesday, July 22, 2008

We're Back!

We shopped with Lynn Whipple, learned from Sally Jean, then had dinner with Drew Barrymore. Honestly!!! (I can even say I spoke to all 3 -- and yes, they all heard me)(hello; what the heck am I doing wrong?; and excuse me - in that order).
Here's my soldering suitcase during the class -- not as pretty! I didn't take any pictures -- I'm not really a picture taking person -- Ludgera took this one! (thank you!).and these were my charms:
(mine are the six on the left -- Sally Jean made the three on the right)The "Beauties" was my first. I kept overworking it, so I just gave up and I'll save it as "my very first attempt at soldering" . The others aren't too bad. I made them in the order of top row, left to right, then bottom row left to right)They look a bit rough when I compare them to Sally's but when I compare them to all of the other soldered charms that I have from swaps (that I wear all the time), mine look about the same. Jump rings are hard. I really need to practice! I destroyed most of the ones that we got in class. My hands were shaky (not enough lunch) so they just kept going on crooked! I'm going out today to try to find more lead free solder so I can attempt some more. Guess what everyone is getting for Christmas this year????

The Ann Arbor Art Fair was great! Unfortunately it poured rain the whole day, so we only went to one section. The store Found that hosted Sally was a great source for vintage stuff to go into altered art. I bought lots of anagram letters (those vintage cardboard ones) and I even found this:an antique spelling game. I've been searching for one for years. Now I have one! Yippee!


A bird in the hand said...

I heard all about it, but it's great to see some pictures. We'll have to have a jump ring soldering practice session or two. or a hundred!

Megan said...

That spelling thingy is so awesome! I have never seen one before and now, of course, I must have one! Your soldered charms are gorgeous too!

Maija said...

Yippee on your lovely charms, Martha! That game rocks, too!

juneh said...

well done...now your a professional!

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

i think you did a great job, martha. and i hate, hate, hate soldering jump rings. it is so hard. i ended up changing the shape of the bail so it is sort of a U-shape with flat legs that go along the top of the frame. you just tape those down and then solder away. much easier than a round jump ring!

Joanne Huffman said...

Your charms look wonderful to me. It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'm sorry I wasn't able to get over to Ann Arbor to see you. Doesn't Found have the coolest stuff! Your letter game is a treasure.


dogfaeriex5 said...

your charms look awesome!!
we have a mutual friend in miss maija
....she said your were in my class? did we exchange any words? i hope so, stop over and see me!

Sandy Michelle said...

What fun and your charms turned out great! Love that spelling board!