GRAB THE SAW AND TURN ON THE PICKLE POT... IT’S ALMOST TIME FOR THE METALS CHALLENGE!
The metals challenge is back, and in response to our recent survey, we’ve made some changes and improvements to ensure this year’s event is more inclusive and more about challenging yourself rather than each other. And...as long as Covid cooperates...we’re excited to be planning an in-person exhibition this year!! (Date/location TBD).
Q: I love working with silver but prices have been so high lately. How can I stretch my stash?
A: We did get used to rather reasonable prices on silver for the last 6 or 7 years, but it has risen and the pundits are calling for it to rise even more. While pundits are often wrong, rather than wait and see, I’ll offer some tips on making the most of the supply you have and can afford.
Save all of your scrap! Here are some suggestions as to what you can do with your scrap metal:
-Use it for casting either into an ingot or with one of the direct casting methods such as broom casting, water casting, etc. If this interests you, I wrote an Ask Betsy column in the February 2020 newsletter different types of direct casting which you can find on https://massconline.com/newsletter
My journey as an artist began in my childhood.I grew up in the Mojave Desert in a small town called Hesperia. I went to kindergarten in a one room school house from the 1800s and fell in love with the Arts there. My high school teachers were painters and crafts people. I learned to draw and paint, work with leather, enamels and clay. At the end of my senior year I left for California State University Long Beach to major in Art. It was there I met some influential teachers like Alvin Pine and was drawn to the Jewelry/Metals department.
Membership in the Metal Arts Society of Southern California provides for participation in periodic workshops in the field of metal working and other related areas. Workshops are offered throughout the year and are conducted by renowned artists from all over the country. We now publish every two months instead of 5x a year. The MASSC News provides interesting articles on workshops, bench tricks, and other areas of interest to it's members – all in outstanding, vivid color (digital format only)!