Okay, so I recently admitted that I am totally deficient when it comes to wire-working anything beyond the basic wrapped loop and I've decided I need to do something to remedy that. I purchased a bench block quite some time ago, but it has remained lonely and ignored in a drawer in my studio.
Why did I buy it if I didn't ever intend to use it? Well, I DID intend to use it, I just was afraid of what I would turn out in my first few attempts. Y'see, I suffer from "perfectionist's disease." If you don't ever attempt something, then you can't do it "wrong" thereby maintaining your perfect record of never doing anything wrong.
It's sick, I know.
Hey, I told you up front it was a disease!
Anyway, I have decided that the only cure for this is to face up to the fact that I may, occasionally, create something that is um, something less than supremely perfect and that when that happens, I will just have to GET OVER IT AND MOVE ON. And the only way to do this is to, well, just do it.
What a great line - some company ought to use that as a slogan or something.
So, this weekend, I picked up an issue of "Step by Step Wire Jewelry" and I bought some heavier gauge brass and copper wire for attempting clasps and I also bought (gasp!) a hammer.
(I'm sure the purchase of said hammer will eventually result in a trip to the ER to have my broken finger X-rayed and set, but that's a future blog post).
And here's where the stupid question part comes in:
According to the magazine, one needs both a ball peen hammer AND a chasing hammer. I bought a chasing hammer (mostly because that's all the LBS had in stock). Do I REALLY need both? They look nearly identical.
Stupid question nombre deux: When planning to use liver of sulfer to patinate metal - is it best to patinate your wire FIRST and THEN make something with it, or can you make your piece (bracelet or whatever) and THEN patinate it? Will the L.O.S. ruin any beads (lampwork, etc.) that you have mixed in with the metal?
And last dumb question...
My bench block came wrapped in plastic, but under the plastic, the metal block was coated in some kind of sticky, oily goo. It took me three applications of Dawn to get it all off. I'm assuming it was to protect the block from rusting or whatever, but what I want to know is, do I need to re-goopify it every time I'm done using it and if so, what kind of goop is best to use?
And yes, re-goopify is a technical term that I have copyrighted for this blog so don't go using it all willy-nilly around the internet unless you obtain my permission first.
All right, I now await enlightenment by the oh-so-wise and talented artists of the beady blogosphere.
Bring forth the wisdom.