Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
The idea of maintaining an authentic voice is something I value and try to keep present in my design work, both jewelry and landscape.
I was working on a project this weekend and I was really pleased with how it was starting. The Members Show at the Wallingford Art Center begins this week, and I wanted to drop off a new piece. I made two leaves, similar to ones that I've made before... but better. This time I used a heavy gauge brass base and attached my milled copper leaves with balled copper wire that I used as rivets (using my nifty riveting hammer). I like the texture that the copper balls add to the central vein of the leaves. So far things are looking good.
The back of each brass base was stamped with a message. I then sanded the surface to highlight the stamping. I had annealed the brass, turning the surface a dark brown/black, and the sanding removed some of that oxidized surface. Still looking good.
I also entered my 'Six' pin which I like for it's whimsy and humor.
It feels like my voice.
Aaaaaccckkkkk!! The crazy spacing of my posting is still a problem! I obviously need a 12 year old here to show me what I'm doing wrong!
Friday, May 6, 2011
As I admired new work, Tracy asked what was new from my workbench. I happened to be giving a new bracelet a 'test drive', wearing it for a couple of days to make sure that the proportions were comfortable and that the clasp would not come undone. Tracy liked the design, wanting some bracelets for the shop. She also asked where the inspiration came from. As is typical, I said, "I don't know....it just sort of evolved."
I had made a batch of bezels months ago as I worked on my soldering skills, thinking that I would use them for future necklaces. They sat in one of my materials containers as I waited for the right inspiration.
I pulled out some of the lace milled silver nickel, some copper sheet that I had hand-corrugated and a couple of vintage books.