I have news to share with you today. I’ll cut straight to the details …I have come to the conclusion that the time has come for me to resign from Art Bead Scene. Life has a way of rolling away with me. Between the day job, family life and having fun I’m not finding much free time to settle into a creative schedule. Leaving me feeling that I don’t have much to share as of late. I’m also feeling a strong urge to pull back and learn. I have a sense that it’s time for me to develop, digging deeper into my own creativity.
Over the course of the past two years I’ve been presented with many exciting and amazing opportunities, one of those wonderful opportunities was becoming a contributor at Art Bead Scene. I have been honored to join in and share the Art Bead Scene journey with a group of wonderful, kind and talented women and to have had a chance to connect with so many kind hearted and equally talented readers. It’s a bit scary moving away from the fantastic opportunities that have been presented but I’m a firm believer in life shifting and changing. I know that doors will open again when the time is right.
It’s my plan to take some classes, develop additional skills and hopefully I’ll be able to share that journey as I learn more.
This past weekend I was lucky enough to visit the SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) conference which was held in Boston, MA this year (just around the corner from me – well sort of – close enough that I couldn’t resist popping in).
I didn’t have the chance to take classes but I thoroughly enjoyed the student show and trolling through the vendor room. Some of the big name vendors selling metalsmithing tools and equipment were in attendance; Halstead, Otto Frei and Rio Grande to be exact. I was excited to see so many tools in person. You know that feeling when you get to see and touch all the tools you’ve been eyeing in the catalog! eeeek! Joy!
I also discovered another vendor and an incredibly fun type of metal. Billy Seeley of RMS, Reactive Metals Studio Inc introduced me to Niobium. OH What fun you can have with niobium and an anodizer! Billy gave me a fantastic demonstration and I’m excited to try my hand at making something with Niobium. The ideas are running rampant in my head.
A few facts about Niobium:
- Niobium is a somewhat rare and pure metal, found on the periodic table as a natural element (Nb)
- Niobium is hypoallergenic and nickel free, which means most folks with metal allergies can wear it.
- It’s light weight yet very strong.
- Niobium is sold in various forms (wire, sheets, jewelry, etc.) which looks similar to sterling silver (and costs about the same too).
The really fun bit about creating with Niobium is that by using an anodizer (a safe way of bringing electricity into the creative process) you can easily change the color of Niobium. By adding an electric current it creates an anodized coating on the metal (similar to a plating or patina). The Niobium will change to a specific color based on the voltage used (read repeatable results).