Dancing On The Head Of A Pin

I don’t like to fuss a lot. And believe me, if this class followed traditional granulation methods I would be sitting in a cell at County Mental Health. Last weekend’s class titled “No Fuss Granulation” allowed us all to end the weekend with sanity intact.

Not to say there weren’t challenges, the primary one being heating to such an extent that the Argentium granules reach fusing temperature to adhere to the sheet metal. Not only adhere, but adhere-adhere. In soldering circles we commonly say, “Well it passed the quench test” followed by “It passed the pickle test”. Generally if you clear these two hurdles you are good to go. Not so with Argentium granulation. It is perfectly possible for the granules to appear to be fused, and they are to some extent, but not enough to pass two more tests: brass brushing and finishing.

What makes this process exciting is heating up tiny little pieces of metal (with a lower melting temperature than sterling silver and a higher price tag) to a very high temperature. Just this side of melting temperature. Working with metal is not for sissies. We all know that.

These women are anything but sissies. They earned their stripes/badges/ notches, or whatever you want to call them. They did it and here is the proof. You can click on the thumbnails to see an enlargement.



Ruth's Class Work

Ruth’s Class Work



Laurie's Class Work

Laurie’s Class Work



Jan's Class Work

Jan’s Class Work



Elaine's Class Work

Elaine’s Class Work



Alyssa's Class Work

Alyssa’s Class Work

Michelle & Brenda

Michelle & Brenda

Michelle's Class Work

Michelle’s Class Work

Brenda's Class Work

Brenda’s Class Work

Carol's Class Work

Carol’s Class Work

PS. Carol has no pic.

Note to Diane: Sorry we missed getting your pics – maybe next time!


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  1. Mary Jo

     /  January 31, 2014

    Gorgeous work!

  2. Steve Rossman

     /  August 1, 2013

    Beautiful work and photos!

  3. Thanks for your comments everyone. It is nice for the students to show off their efforts.

  4. Susan Blessinger

     /  July 25, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  5. Connie Hall

     /  July 25, 2013

    Wow!! Incredible work!! Lots of detail and dimension.

  6. Ruth Redfern

     /  July 25, 2013

    Wonderful work! I’ve played a bit with this; however, with sterling and a bit larger balls. Look forward to taking this class with you one day.

  7. What fabulous pieces your students made!!! I look forward to taking this wonderful class, too!!!

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