Saturday, March 7, 2009

Week 3

Week three has been great, things have started to speed up, and are finally coming together to make sense! Here are a couple of pictures of rings we have been setting. i didn't make the rings, just set the stones and or assembled the components to make the rings and they are not finished off or polished! The stone setting so far has been pretty awesome - its crazy to think we are learning so much in only week three which is the basic stone setting - I wouldn't call bead setting basic, but apparently Blaine does!! ha - he has a way of making it easier though!

A few of us from class got together to write notes last night, but why do notes when you can drink loads of cocktails and sing silly songs with helium! It was a fun night!! but strangely enough no notes!! OH BUGGER!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Stone Setting

Well the last week has been so much fun, I never thought learning could be such a blast! Over the last week we have been learning many stone setting techniques - flush, gypsy, prong and bead setting have all been covered - the most difficult being prong and bead - its a lot harder than it looks to raise those little beads up properly, and requires quite a bit of muscle! - Blaine insists on going over the story of the graver going though his hand - that makes me nervous - but at least makes me keep my hands well out of the way! I still can't believe we are going this far in week 3, but man what a great time we are having, this place certainly isn't short of laughs!

The funniest part of today was probably the "meat puppet episode" Blaine had cut his finger earlier in the week and superglued it back together - but on the high magnification TV where we see everything, it looked like it kept opening up and "talking". After several minutes of Blaine playing "meat puppet" with his finger - Adam was about ready to give back his lunch!
Pictured are Ryan, Penny, Lois and Tommy hard at work!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

My Birthday!

Mmmmm.............. Cheesecake!!! Thanks guys!