It was amazing! Her husband created an annex to the garage for her shop, only rider, he gets to borrow tools. Such a variety of tools there are and the machines and equipment, pretty impressive. It was hard equating the delicate, artful, finished pieces with the large, noisy, dangerous tools of the trade. But there you have it - life can be a contradiction.
Everything has a place, though when she gets creating and needs this and that from here or there - well, I guess things can get a little out of control. Good thing I came along for a visit, it was an incentive for a clean-up.
There was stuff to make everything shiny and bright.
There is an entire vocabulary that goes along with jewelry making. One of the new words I learned was, "cabachon". If I had to describe what that word meant I would not have come close to it's actual meaning. I even got a demonstration on creating a cabachon.
Cabachon - A gem, polished but not faceted.
In addition to shaping cabachons this grinder helps keep the fingernails nicely trimmed.
Sometimes things need to be warmed up a little - or a lot. Good thing she is a trained nurse.
That Special Something
Every artist I've met seems to have a tool or gadget that they simply cannot get along without. I asked Fia about hers and she introduced me to her Dremel. I'm not convinced that is her special something, I know she uses it regularly and couldn't get along without it but I saw this piece of wood that had obviously been much used and just had a ton of character, I think this gadget just might be her special something.
An interesting chest caught my eye - I love it when "found" things find a new purpose. That was the case with this chest. It is now home to beads, wire, crystals and all sorts of jewelry-making treasurers.
C. J. Bennington Fine Art Photography