Last month I took a deep breath and ordered the precious metal to create this tiny billet. It is made from 18k yellow gold and palladium 500. This was my first time fusing a gold billet that did not contain silver layers. Not having the silver layers was notable for two reasons - first the cost. This billet, although it was tinier than usual ring billets (12.5mm x 25mm x 17m), the materials were almost twice the price. Second, fusing is tricky - each metal type requires a different temperature. If it isn't just exactly right for the types of metals being joined, the layers can delaminate. When the materials are expensive, this becomes even more something you really want to avoid! But, I'd really been wanting to try this combination, and I had a customer ready to buy if it was successful. I did all the steps as carefully as I could, from the cleaning to the stacking to the pressing. Everything worked out great, no issues at all, and I love the colors! Rings shown are the first two created with this billet - I've got enough material for two more ...
When Leslie at the San Diego Blood Bank contacted us to see if we could host the Blood Mobile on short notice we didn't hesitate to say yes spring into action - especially since it was for a Mother's Day Blood Drive! Within a few days we had flyers up around Liberty Station and posts out on our social media.
The day dawned sunny and warm and we had our first donors before the doors were even open. By the end of the day, the fast and friendly Blood Mobile crew had processed 14 donors (5 more than last time) and our second blood drive this year was an even bigger success than the first one. Our own Lab Coordinator Ame Stanko was one of them and she's now a member of the 3 Gallon Club! Here's the sweet note we got from the Blood Bank afterwards:
"Thank you Ame so much for hosting last minute. We had a great day because of your efforts! We collected 14 pints saving 42 lives in our community. You made all the difference.Again thank you for your partnership, we wouldn’t be able to provide for our hospitals and patients without it." ~ Leslie Eagan, San Diego Blood Bank
Thanks to everyone who let us put up flyers and helped us spread the word and thanks especially to all of our wonderful donors and for the life-saving work the San Diego Blood Bank does for all of us every day.
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Celebrate all the moms by giving the gift of life! Ame here, Lab Coordinator. As many of you know, my mom passed into the great beyond a few years ago so I can't take her out for a swanky Mother's Day brunch. But instead of having a sad day missing her, I'm donating blood in her honor. Did you know that one donation can save several lives? The process is almost completely painless (2 tiny micro-second needle sticks), the people are super friendly, it's really fast and they always have great snacks. Come donate with us on Sunday and you'll get the satisfaction of knowing that you're fulfilling a life-saving, urgent need in our community. Walk-ins are welcome or, for optimum speediness, you can reserve a spot by calling 1-800-469-7322 or you can make an online appointment.
Over 50 people followed the sound of ringing hammers to see our demos at our monthly open studio event last Friday. Anneville Jewelry Lab member Janet Herman taught her sold-out class how to use the20-ton hydraulic press and they created a collection of bees, flowers and other items that will be used in jewelry projects. Meanwhile Anne showed visitors the Japanese metalworking technique of Uchidashi and several people gave it a go themselves with our demo pitch bowl. In our raffle we gave away one of our new Anneville fridge magnets, a gift certificate for goodies from our General Store and TWO necklaces featuring freshly-pressed bees. Photos coming soon!
The second week of Ford Hallam's visit to Anneville got off to a great start. We had a Meet & Greet at Stone Brewery on the Sunday evening, and learned we had an eager and impressive crew - more jewelry/metals teachers, classically trained jewelers, folks with tons of experience in chasing & repoussé, even a bladesmith and Forged in Fire champion! From then until the last hour on Friday, the participants were a joy to be around - ambitious, focused, hard-working, talented, and funny too. We've already got plans for a few of them to return as visiting artists themselves. Here are photos and a recap of what they learned and created.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.