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Hi! I'm new to this site. I'm originally from the Hudson Valley (NY) and am currently living in Northern Vermont. I have taken several metalworking classes and find that I really like it. The classes included raising, casting, forging, enameling, & jewelry making. I'm very interested in ancient metalworking techniques. I like to experiment and recently taught myself how to sandcast from Tim McCreight's Practical Casting book. I'm about to try to do filigree work based upon info from Oppi Untracht's Jewelry: Concepts & Techniques. I'm really impressed with the work presented in the gallery and look forward to learning from and sharing with all of you.


Frank Castiglione's picture

Welcome Aboard

Hi Peggy,
Welcome aboard! I enjoyed viewing your work. Keep experimenting and sharing.
Frank


peggy's picture

Hi Frank, Thanks for

Hi Frank,

Thanks for welcoming me. I recognized your name immediately from the gallery. Your sculptures are amazing - among my favorites are Professor Drago, Cowichan Warrior, & Agatha.
I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Peggy


Bill Roberts's picture

Welcome aboard, Peggy. Good

Welcome aboard, Peggy.
Good to have you with us. I enjoyed seeing some of your work.

Bill


peggy's picture

Hi Bill, Thank you for

Hi Bill,

Thank you for welcoming me. I really like your Tibetan prayer bowl and it's interior color. So far, I've only made one copper bowl and really enjoyed the process. It looks like you do quite a variety of metal work. Your fold formed element and forged sterling pieces are really beautiful. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Peggy


Bill Roberts's picture

thanks, Peggy. I've only

thanks, Peggy.
I've only just begun "raising" too. It's addictive........I need to order some 32 oz. copper so I can do some more.
and if your "really bored" you can see a LOT more of my work on my site.

Bill
http://www.CustomDesignMetalArts.com


Bill Roberts's picture

I just sent a reply to

I just sent a reply to this....but got a warning...:

* Your comment has been queued for moderation by site administrators and will be published after approval.

not sure why......but I'm betting it'll get posted later.

I did want to add.......the "interior color" of the Bowl, is a variegated bronze leaf. Like a gold leaf, and applied the same way. fwiw.

Bill


peggy's picture

Hi Bill, Thanks for the info

Hi Bill,

Thanks for the info about the variegated bronze leaf & your website - I'll definitely check it out.

Peggy


Fred Zweig's picture

Welcome

Hi Peggy and welcome to the forum. It is great to be with folks of similiar passions. Hope to see more of your work. Raising metal is wonderful and a great love of mine.

Fred

Fred Zweig
Metalsmith


peggy's picture

Hi Fred, Thanks for

Hi Fred,

Thanks for welcoming me. Your blogs & pictures regarding repousse, and all the discussions that followed, have been inspiring. I've always wanted to do repousse and your postings gave me the courage to try. The results of my first effort are posted in the jewelry gallery - thank you so much!

Peggy


Jim Cotter's picture

Would be interesting to hear

Would be interesting to hear about your casting adventures please share them here

Welcome


peggy's picture

Hi Jim, Currently, I cast in

Hi Jim,

Currently, I cast in my garage using a Paragon quick fire electric kiln attached to a rheostat from a soldering iron.
The rheostat lets me control the temperature & hold time. After some trial & error, I find this works pretty well. I do cuttlefish (which is kind of smelly) & sand casting, using a really small graphite crucible. I'm looking to buy an electric furnace with a 30 oz capacity because I would like something a little more reliable. There are so many brands - not sure which one would be best. The pictures and blogs regarding casting on this site blow my mind. The size of the projects and the equipment (huge crucibles!) are amazing.

Peggy