Week three, you kicked my ass. Woah. That was a rough road we traveled this week. Tears were shed, tantrums were thrown, frustrations took over. But we all made it through the battle and all are better jewelers for it.
It is amazing what some of the students who have never picked up a saw frame or even a file can do after just three weeks. It's really incredible and wonderful to experience. Blaine is our Miyagi, our Mickey or our Morpheus. The confidence gained through the program is very empowering.
Then he gave us a test... Well, you have to gauge progress some how, don't you? Oh deer-in-the-headlights.
Bezel setting came in between bead setting styles. This technique is explained in great detail on Blaine's DVDs. I learned a lot of my stone setting from these DVDs. They are a very clear and descriptive way to learn bezel setting and flush setting. Learning in class was similar to the video but on steroids. Blaine teaches this in the Stone Setting Comprehensive week long class.
The week is rolling along with it's own set of troubles and then it happenened. We were surprised with a test. But not on what we have been working on all week but something we learned in week two. That was a thousand years ago!! The pressure! We were challenged with replacing a head on a solitaire ring and resetting the stone. Ok, breathe. Just unsolder and put it back together with the new one. Well, this ring is not soldered, it's laser welded and we have to cut it out. Now it got interesting. We weren't supposed to ask questions or share info with each other. I struggled through but remembered to just step back and examine what is at hand. With some brief calming exercises, I tackled the task successfully in the end.
Whew! With that behind us we dove into chain repair, a non-stressful repeat of the solitaire exercise, and a little sneak peek at ingot making closed out the week. I know I was ready for the weekend. Week three, you were quite the evil little beast but I know I am better for having gone through you. Margarita time! Off to celebrate my beautiful little girl, Ruby, turning 9. Wow. How does that happen?
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