Monday, August 30, 2010
Friday, August 27, 2010
1. Cloud Series Necklace, 2. Chained Necklace, 3. spiral chain, 4. Chain, 5. Nine Perfections, 6. 30 minute necklace: Bicycle Chain Alternate, 7. blossom chain - detail, 8. New Necklace, 9. centered2, 10. Flower Chain-3, 11. soldering sterling ring chain, 12. chains 009, 13. marquise chain, 14. I love this chain, 15. chain_two_2, 16. silver chain bracelet Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Chains! Love the really intricate ones. Hate to make 'em though. Which is why the Lords and Masters of the metal clay Master's Registry probably decided that a hand made soldered chain should be included as one of the projects.
Soldering is a basic skill that every jewelry maker should know and try to master. And after making an entire chain, I know I'll have the stamina to try anything. I mean, I *do* do a bit of soldering now. I solder earring posts all the time. And have made some bezels for cabochons.
But, believe it or not, soldering jump rings is tricky. I melt more than I solder correctly the first time; sometimes I leave the heat on so long that I fuse 3 or 4 rings together (which makes the chain hang and swing funny), and setting everything up so that the soldering process is easier is a skill in and of itself. [Look at picture #3 row 3]
I'm thinking that making the chain will be a breeze for me. And that attitude is exactly what's going to get me into trouble.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
1. Tools!, 2. dsc02120 - Tool wall, 3. Chimæras (WIP) 7, 4. tools for ceramics, 5. tools of the trade, 6. Handmade Texture Tools, 7. Line tool and copper sample, 8. needle nose pliers by Dolce & Gabbana, 9. new toy, 10. Craft tools bits of wood and stuff, 11. tool set 3-1, 12. Texture hammer improoved, 13. Charm Swap 3, 14. Antique engraving tools, 15. ivory wedge, 16. feathers in prog 6 Created with fd's Flickr Toys
I love tools. Any kind. metal, ceramic, carpenters... And the older the better. There's something beautifully seductive about a well worn tool. I just got a new Knew Concepts saw a few weeks ago. Beautifully designed, bright red and oh so fun to use. What's your favorite tool?
Friday, August 13, 2010
1. art unraveled day 1, 2. Orange Blossom (RAD #13), 3. LISTEN CAREFULLY, 4. Beach Glass Brooch, 5. TALLY pink, the crativity side, 6. My Birthday Crown, 7. Main Street #1, 8. R-A-D #152 6/6/2010 "Found Shell Ring", 9. necklace, 10. V (WIP) 7, 11. Altered Art Assemblage Art Doll, 12. 1 pendant w shells,perls,woven copper, 13. Brooch With Skull By Robert Ebendorf, 14. Linda Kaye-Moses - Lone Bird, 15. Sanibel Island Rings, 16. Blue, Blue, Electric Blue Created with fd's Flickr Toys
You know I've been loving the found object beauty of my Specimen Containers. Found objects have always fascinated me. I love the wear, the hidden history, the possibilities. Len Cowgill's work (third photo) is so amazing. His pieces hold entire lifetimes in the flotsom and jetsom of the worlds refuse.
What stories do these objects whisper to your imagination?
Friday, August 6, 2010
Weekend Eye Candy - Mark Making Edition, 1. detail detail, 2. New Cups, 3. beautiful old ink life..., 4. DSCN6107, 5. DSCN4810, 6. Hands, 7. bee brown canteen, 8. Typography / fine art / texture / graffiti / photography / design, 9. DSCN4840, 10. graffiti tears, 11. Mark making into the earth's crust, 12. Aboriginal cave art, 13. quince vase (B), 14. Mark Making into the earth's crust, 15. TEXTURE ECRI 0176, 16. DSCN4982 Created with fd's Flickr Toys
Lately I've been really intrigued with Amy Tavern's jewelry and Diana Fayt's ceramics. Of course I'm drawn (no pun intended) to the charming birds, bees, whales and rabbits that populate Diana's wonderful tableware, but it's the dots, lines, circles and other beautifully chaotic scritches and scratches that I adore.
Likewise, the rough cut silhouettes and "quick bend" tab's were what first attracted me to Amy's sterling silver jewels, but the coarsely filed, abraded and distressed paint treatments sealed the deal for me.
Recently Amy took an enamel class at Penland (where she is a resident artist) that "collect[ed] a range of marks found in the Penland landscape. These will be used as the basis for an exploration of nontraditional enameling processes." Oh, how I wish I could have ben there too! There's a similar class being offered in Seattle later in August, but of course, I'm already booked to teach. Sigh.
But if two are offered, perhaps there will be another. That I'll hopefully find out about in time. Until then, I'm searching Google and the world outside for more inspiration and doodling in my little book to develop a range of marks that will tell my corner of the world that "Lora was here" too.