Then there was the "art" component, of which my pieces were part. It was fun! The entering piece, seen as one went into that area, was a very realistic painting of an aerial view of the part of Worcester that has the airport- yes, we have an airport- with, in the foreground, a jet painted with smileys in various spots and WORCESTER along the sides. Not likely to happen, I expect, but a fun fantasy! The other 2 pieces- or, I should say, pairs of pieces- that struck me: a guy who does very detailed pen-and-ink drawings with a decided Gorey influence, so there was glumness and angst and a smiley. Very fun! And there were a pair of cloth hangings with the "evolution" of the smiley: it began with oblong dots, which arranged and re-arranged themselves, with a smile added about a third of the way down as a sort of control for them, and then various redistributions until the smiley was achieved near the bottom. They were maybe 4-5 feet long, so there was a lot of room for evolution! One was yellow, and the other black, and the black one had sold- the only piece I saw that had. Although I am actually somewhat tempted by the Gorey-esque ones... I'm not sure they're for sale, though, or if they are, what the price is.
They tried with my pieces, they really did. And yet... Sigh. I was indeed the only jeweler, and my 2 pendants were in a hanging case with a black velvet background. So far, OK. But the plique one had gotten off-center when they hung up the case, and no one had straightened it. And the combination of the background and the pretty dim lighting made the sapphires look like mud. :( And they spelled pendant "pendent." But! They did spell my name correctly! :) And the enamels really shone, even though the stones didn't- the cloisonne one looked richly colored (as it is), and the plique one practically glowed. Still, jewelry really need light- a LOT of light, by preference. Oh, well- this will probably make it less likely that the things will sell, and I'd be rather sorry not to get them back at this point.
I do need to get less sentimentally attached to my work, of course...!
Moderate success in the studio today. I spent a lot of time looking for some hairsticks on which I was planning to stick enameled bats, except the sticks have gone walkabout and are nowhere to be found. In the search I did sort out a fair amount of other stuff, though, and am getting the studio still more straightened up and organized. This is good.
And I soldered the problematic tapered bezel ring again. I think this time it's good. I cinched the ring together using a different technique, so it wouldn't spread (as much), made sure the top of the setting was dead flat, and put the setting face-down on a charcoal block and used a third hand to hold the ring in place, applying a bit of pressure. This meant that it did spread some when the binding wire expanded, but (I hope) not too much. It took quite a lot of fussing to get everything lined up perfectly this way, but I think it did work, and I hope the setting's still deep enough for the stone I've intended for it. I suppose if it's not, I'll use a smaller stone... but that would annoy me. :)
I think I do need to do some practicing with the tack welder- that would have solved the whole thing, if I could make it work...