New Work & Art Walk

ArtWalk

Courtesy of Peggy Foy (Arcana Metalwork), I showed at my first Pioneer Square Art Walk on June 2. It was fun, and I sold 5 pieces. It was good to hear comments about my work from strangers, and it gave me more confidence to keep on creating.

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I had a couple of new items to offer, that haven’t made it to my Etsy site yet. All three of these will be up on the site by Monday. Each of these represents a part of what I love to make: delightfully, dangly glass earrings (they make a lovely tinkling sound), all things marine life reflecting my love of water, and the clean, contemporary design of the silver and amber glass that just makes my heart sing. Make sure you click on each image to get a close-up view of all the wonderful details they contain.

There’s Freedom in this Cage.

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My first real venture with my new Winsor &Newton pigment markers on their marker paper. The paper is kind of like yupo, a plastic paper, in that the marks kind of sit on the surface and aren’t really absorbed. I can use my fingers and brushes to move the ink around before it dries. Because they aren’t really absorbed, whenever I make a new mark, it can pick up what I had already laid down. Challenging.

I was feeling frustrated with my progress and this helped me work it out.

Last Jewelry Class 2/28

We had our last class on Sunday. I was really sad for it to end, but it’s a new beginning for me. I am really proud of the work I produced and it has rekindled a creative drive that I had lost recently.

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Yesterday, I received an invitation to attend a North Lands symposium/class with Jane Bruce this June. So, I will need to raise about $5,000 to pay for the tuition, flight, and lodgings. Please consider buying art or jewelry from me to help me go. I will have some new silver jewelry in my Etsy store this weekend (preview below)!

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Jewelry Class 2/21

Second to last class. I have nearly finished my box ring and working on bezel settings for a stone from Lybster, Scotland and a glass cabachon. I will work on finishing all three in Friday’s lab time.

Box ring made from 18g sterling silver
Box ring made from 18g sterling silver
Bezel settings
Bezel settings

I’ve also re-opened my Patreon account. If you love, or even like, what I do you can support me for as little as $1 a month. Supporting the arts in any way makes the world a better place.
https://www.patreon.com/hcowart?ty=h

Jewelry Class 1/31 -2/14

Sorry for not posting! We moved apartments in the same building, so we’ve been busy!
Here are the shots from the last 3 weeks:

1/31 Made this ear cuff. Sold it!
1/31 Made this ear cuff. Sold it!
2/7 Started 4 ear cuffs.
2/7 Started 4 ear cuffs.
2/7 Box ring started
2/7 Box ring started
2/7 Finished my earrings.
2/7 Finished my earrings.
4 ear cuffs, completed in Friday’s lab, 2/12. Sold 1!
2/14 Half way on my box ring
2/14 Half way on my box ring

I also started on a bezel setting. Will show pictures of that when I am done.

Jewelry Class 1/24

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Sunday, we did some milling/rolling of metals. I used a fine tulle mess on the first pass, and then a corduroy fabric on the second pass on my silver. I also finished the soldering on my fish. It took 3 tries to get all the copper discs to solder on the fish, but I triumphed! We will probably copper plate the back to hide the silver solder. I will polish the front, and seal it with a lacquer to keep the wearer’s skin from turning colors.

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The curved silver pieces will be earrings next week. The strip of silver became of the 2 ear cuffs (below). I will take those back to Pratt to even out the curve so it’s a nice smooth circle.

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I am really loving this class. I worked on some paper maquettes today for some pendant ideas I have. I’ll be doing some more with the bones theme.

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