Monday, February 22, 2010
"Getting Hammered" early in the morning
I woke up this morning around 6 am trying to beat the sunrise. I do this often. For some strange reason I feel the need to beat the sun at it's own game and rise to meet it's pre-dawn glow before it wakes me up. So fidgeting around so early today I felt the need to grab a small piece of wire, spiral it around a highlighter marker and then take it outside with my ball peen hammer and steel block. I hammered away at both ends of the ring until I made spiral coils. All I had on was my PJ's, my open coat and bare feet. The sky was bluish pink and the snow was still clinging to the ends of trees. I was hammering away, watching every breath come out of me as I twisted and turned the small piece of silver.
I remember reading a blog at perfectlytwistedjewelry.blogspot.com by Izzy Gumbo where she shared her similar experience of feeling the need to hammer away at copper wire in order to gain some peace, insight, and let out some pent up frustration. Since I just began working with wire at this time I wondered how someone could find hammering silver or copper so therapeutic. Her blog inspired me to go out and buy some 16g copper wire of my own and begin hammering away....thus...six months later, here I am frozen fingers, cold bare feet and loving every early morning moment hammering away at silver.
However, I don't think my neighbors love this as much ;-))))))