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August 21st, 2010

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10:34 pm
Summer is a hard time for us metalsmiths. The combination of heat from the weather, and heat from the work, gets really, really HOT.

At this point I am doing very well in dealing with my commission queue, and I'm looking forward to having some time to play with my own projects and/or R&D.

No nifty pictures just yet, but I hope I'll have some in the next week or so.
Current Mood: tiredtired

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Date:August 22nd, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
But you don't work with a full-on forge, do you? What are the things that you leave for cooler days, and what are the things you are willing to do when it's sweltering outside? Does the weather also influence how long it takes for you to finish a particular piece, or will you bite down if it's a commission?

(Just some questions from someone who is both inquisitive and clueless...)
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Date:August 22nd, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
No forge, thank goodness! (One summer I went to this "summer camp for adults" thing where I WAS doing blacksmithing, and it was about 100F and about 100% humidity there. NOT the most fun tome to be working at a forge, in a building with lots of other forges! Still, a great experience.)

My 2 main heat sources are my torch, which isn't too awful unless I'm doing a LOT of soldering and it's really hot, and the kiln, which I don't use much but do need for annealing- also my Sat. student is doing lots of enameling, and the studio gets warm from that after a while. Not only is the kiln on, but the door keeps needing to be opened and shut to put things in and remove them!

Also, wearing a dust mask and my Optivisor (magnifying headband) are particularlty miserable when it's hot and humid. Blech.

I do let the temp affect my workload. Commissions are sacred, pretty much, but I'm not planning on doing more enameling till fall, and there are some other kiln-related things that I don't want to touch till it cools off.

I do have air-conditioning in the studio, but really hate running it if I can manage without it.
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Date:August 23rd, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks, that was interesting to read. :)
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Date:August 22nd, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
And the worst bit is trying to do fiddly things went your hands are sweating.
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Date:August 22nd, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, yes! ESPECILLY if you are also wearing a mask and an optivisor! Blech.

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