Yesterday, my daughter, Yoshi, and I took our first jewelry making class. She had been given Papa’s tools and classes as a gift. Papa, her grandfather and my father-in-law, passed away a couple of months ago. Although jewelry making wasn’t Papa’s trade, he had made several pieces during his retirement years. He made the turquoise pendant shown in the photo of Yoshi working with brass wire.
Since we had no real experience working with metals, our instructor had us start with wire. She showed us the different metal wires, gauges, and tools to use. She even demonstrated soldering, which we’ll get to do in our next class. It’s a little intimidating, but it was fun. And it’s a way to connect with Papa in some small way and keep his memory alive.
Thank you, Papa and Rie for the gifts.