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Scraped surfaced

Scraped surfaced

Carved surface

Carved surface

I’m experimenting with bronze clay which is so lovely to carve.    The top photo shows scraping with a Dockyard tool.  The other side was done with the Dockyard “v” micro carving tool, 2.0 mm.  I am firing soon and will post another picture after they are fired.

Resin pieces, "Dream" and "Breathe"

Resin pieces, "Dream" and "Breathe"

I’m still trying to photograph resin pieces.  This isn’t too bad. These images are from Teesha Moore, she sells amazing sheets of her journal pages.  I added the type and cropped them.  Ever have an odd dream & feel like a gargoyle is taking flight off the top of your head?

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spoonI took a workshop a few weeks ago with Richard Sweetman, and we made a spoon.  We first made an alloy of fine silver & sterling silver.  Our goal was to have 96 percent silver.  We melted the mixture with a torch in a cucible, then poured an ingot, approximately 4 inches long, .75 inches thick.  After that we pounded for about 4 hours!  The key is to work hot, so after heating the ingot, you immediately picked the silver up with a vise grips & began pounding.  It was a lot of heating/pounding/heating etc.  The metal was not at annealing temperature, but hot.  Needless to say that evening, my arm was sore!  And I didn’t have the spoon completely finished, I went back to refine it’s shape & polish it another day.

near the waterfront, Chicago

near the waterfront, Chicago

at the bottom

at the bottom

This building in Chicago is amazing.  It was designed by a woman who taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  I loved standing near the base & looking up the building at all angles.  It reminds me of erosion of rocks along a shore.  What does it remind you of?

Burnishing the highlights

There have been several questions on the Yahoo Metal Clay Group forum about finishing bronze clay.  My favorite way is to burnish the highlights.  I recently took my dremel tool with a tip on it (don’t know the name) and used that for highlighting the high areas.  I like the way it looks.  I haven’t sealed these yet.  Am working on a sealant that doesn’t turn off the glorious colors coming out of the kiln.  Renaissance Wax totally dulled the colors on a recent bronze batch. Will report back when I find the right product!

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Did this summer blitz by? It feels like it! I participated in the Evergreen Fine Arts Festival, the last weekend of August. It was a great show, we had great support from members of the Evergreen Artists Association.

http://www.evergreenartists.org/

They were by to booth sit, refill water bottles, etc. The weather held until about an hour before take down, and then it rained.  Everything was soaked!  I had to set up the tent at home on Monday to dry it all out.  Luckily, most of my display is waterproof, almost all of it.  So no damage there!

This picture is a smaller version of one of my pearls. A woman asked if I ever did them smaller, so this is one of the first attempts. You can wear it casually. It measures 1.5 inches long by .75 inches wide.

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My 2013 Schedule so far…

Denver Potters Assoc. Holiday Show
6th Avenue United Church
3250 E 6th Ave
Dec 5, 6, 7, & 8
www.castleclayartists.net

Arvada Center Fine Art Market
Dec 12 - 22

My Home Holiday Show
December 13 & 14

Gallery of my Work