FOUR days with no tears!

I was beginning to despair.

And yesterday after finding I needed to sleep on the sofa from 2:30 to 4:30, which I guess is another symptom of grief, I finally made it into the studio.

I nearly came straight back to the sofa as I had no energy whatsoever, but then I had a thought.

Hadn’t had one of those for a while so it kind of caught me off guard.

Instead of the radio I plugged my phone into the speakers and blasted music.

What a difference.

I ended up staying until 8 p.m. and have almost finished 5 pairs of earrings.

I’m telling you. If your dad has just died that world news can really bring you down man!

I’ve decided that I might need to lay off it for a while which is a shame as I do like to know what’s going on, but needs do as needs must I suppose.

In other news.

I’ve decided that I really must use up all my silver scraps as I almost have a full bowl of them which I try not to look at as they worry me.

I know that I can send them back to Rio, but I don’t know how much the postage will cost as they’re so heavy and I can’t get my head around it right now.

I think I am going to have to do it at some stage, but for now I’ve decided to just see how much I can reuse.

Kind of like a challenge.

But not.

I did flatten one of my scrap pancakes into a nice flat round of silver so that was a great result, but it took forever to keep annealing and rolling.

I’ve now discovered muscles I didn’t know I had in places I didn’t know existed from working that mill for that long, but it was very satisfying to finally get that nice sheet of silver.

Trouble is that I don’t want to use it now as it’s so lovely and the idea of messing it up and having to start all over kind of stresses me out. So I’ve put it to one side for now so that I can just look at it and be reminded of the little engine that could.

For when the old muscles recover of course.

Here’s a bracelet that I made using scraps.


But that touches hardly a zillionth of what’s in the bowl.

I did take the beads out of the bracelet as it made it too long, but it fits nicely now and I think I’m going to make some more.

So there you have it.

It’s all I’ve got.

Hope you all have a great weekend.


14 thoughts on “Whew

  1. Out of the scraps lovely Beauty lives!

    • coldfeetstudioblog


  2. SCRAPTASTIC!!! keep using those scraps, can’t wait to see more! (and all your earrings). love those little freeform disc spacers. (now I feel inspired to use my copper scraps). I find my couch a great source of comfort as well, and it is my favorite place to sleep. What is it about couches I wonder…We don’t watch/read/listen to the news anymore either, Yahoo headlines is enough. Sometimes you have to just stick to People magazine and Abba. Glad you are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      I know. Sometimes we just need something lame funny to shake us up a bit 🙂 I went to see The Nice Guys last week and laughed out loud even though it wasn’t that great. Made me feel good.

  3. Mary B

    It’s going to take a long time to get over the grief of losing your father. And the World News isn’t the greatest either. Always something to wonder about and sometimes can’t even figure out why it’s always so bad!!!
    But you did get into your studio and you made some progress with your scraps. I love the bracelet! I wish I had your talent. You are an amazing person.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      I didn’t realize what a downer the new had become. It’s just something I listen to most of the day. I often think there should be a news channel which just brings us good news and positive outlooks. It really would put people in a better frame of mind.

  4. Marilyn Hammer

    Your ‘scrap’ bracelet is beautiful, showing how much you value even the small things in life.
    Please don’t despair, as grief is so very personal, and there is never a timeline. Keep doing whatever takes you out of yourself, forget the news. Your wonderful creations will help to heal you, as you allow others to see the beauty in your work.
    I hope you have a great weekend too and am sending you healing hugs.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      Thank you Marilyn, I appreciate your nice words.

  5. ooo! I never thought of battering my ickkle remelted balls into flatter discs for stacking like that. Rolling mill is on my want list, but I need more space fir that. Thanks very much.

    • coldfeetstudioblog

      I like my rolling mill, but the little ones are just hammered. When I drill a hole in them as they’re so thick I tend to use an older center punch to really make a good dent first so that the drill bit doesn’t have to do so much work. The silver will also get very hot so I hold them down with a pair of pliers. This can be a bit dodgy as they can fly around the room if you’re not careful so use eye protection also.

      • Cool!! Extra tips ?
        You are a star. Thank you.

        • coldfeetstudioblog


  6. coldfeetstudioblog

    But you use pmc? So you don’t really need to do it this way.

  7. I like where your silver scraps are headed (not Rio). I’d stick with music for a while, too!

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