This past weekend was filled with sparks and flames and the rumbling hum of the air compressor. When I begin these classes, I have everyone decide on a flower and sketch out a design. This drawing is used as a reference and a template, and it helps the participant to make decisions about their pieces in the physical form. Most people tell me that they can't draw, but it doesn't have to look award winning. It's meant to get the juices flowing and start the process. When we are told we are bad at something, as a child, it can stifle our creativity from that point on. It's mostly our beliefs about what we can and can't do that determine the outcome. If the drawing looks like a kid's drawing, great. Let's start somewhere. It's ok to be a beginner. Beginning leads to finishing, and completing things leads to starting new creative adventures. It's fun to look back on the end product of something that required your full involvement to manifest. If you take my class, I'll walk you through all of the steps, and you go home knowing a little more about metalsmithing and your true capabilities.
With sparks and grinding dust,