The Inner Gallery, Bois D’Orange will be opening a group show of St. Lucian Artists and Craftspersons on Tuesday, 19th at 7:00 p.m. The pink tourmaline ring is one of my pieces in the show. Remember that Christmas is coming! This is a perfect chance to buy handmade and local. You’ll have time to make special orders.
I just want to pass along a tip. Yesterday, I made some objects from bronze clay. I fired them in a stainless steel container and let the kiln cool down overnight. Everything worked well except for the black flakes all over the kiln from the container. Such a mess. I remember that Hadar Jacobson had posted directions to make a firing box with fiber board a few days ago. I modified her directions and made a firing box to use the next time I fire copper or bronze clay. After testing this box, I found that it works best without the cover. The brick is an insulator and doesn’t allow heat in with the cover on. Place your bronze or copper pieces into the charcoal and fire following manufacturers directions. No more mess in the kiln. In addition, you can use the fiber board, as Hadar did, instead of brick to make the box , and be able to use the cover. I cut fire brick pieces to make the box top, bottom and side walls. I used some Pyrolite EZ Fill ( from Paragon ) that is usually used to fix divots in the fiberglass kiln sides in the seams of the box. The pyrolite isn’t sticky like a glue, but I used it because I wanted to prevent charcoal leakage along the seams. ( The box isn’t measured with precision. ) When it dries it will fill gaps. Binding wire is really holding the box together. The box measures 4.5”wide x 4.5” deep x 5” high. I hope this will help all the base metal clay people out there.
My daughter’s birthday was on Monday and I made this bracelet for her. She has two black cats and her astrological sign is Gemini or twins. So I made a lentil charm with a different cat sketched on each side.
Above are two pendants that were done by Jennifer and Rosemary today. They made their own fine silver pendants and then added enamels to them. I’ll be teaching this same workshop at the Paint Me Barbados Festival on feb 13 and 14. Join the fun. Each day $160 BD. All materials and tools provided.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 will be another enjoyable day of making jewelry from silver metal clay and then embellishing it with colorful enamels. Make something like the earrings pictured above. All materials and tools provided. Bring lunch. Introduction to Silver Clay and Enameling In this one day workshop the student will learn how easy it is to create fine silver jewelry using fine silver clay. You will explore the properties of metal clay, how to shape it, how to texture it and add vitreous enamels as an embellishment. Two enameled pieces will be made. The price will be $335 EC or $125 US. 9 am to 4 pm bring lunch Call Alcina at 453-2338
These two pieces were made by my student today. We had a good time. The one on the right is enamel on fine silver sheet. The one on the right is made from silver metal clay. I’ll let you all know when I’m holding another class.
Introduction to Silver Clay and Enameling In this one day workshop the student will learn how easy it is to create fine silver jewelry using fine silver clay. You will explore the properties of metal clay, how to shape it, how to texture it and add vitreous enamels as an embellishment. Three enameled pieces will be made. After some practice runs with enameling on copper and fine silver sheet, the final fine sliver metal clay piece will be enameled. The price will be $335 EC or $125 US. You may choose from these dates; Sat. Jan.16, Sat. Jan 23 or Sun. Jan 24. Class will run from 9 am to 4 pm. Bring your lunch. When you register, I will send a map directing you to my studio. This will be a fun filled and rewarding day. Come join us.
You may want to learn something new over the holidays. Here is a suggestion. Introduction to Silver Clay and Enameling In this one day workshop the student will learn how easy it is to create fine silver jewelry using fine silver clay. You will explore the properties of metal clay, how to shape it, how to texture it and add vitreous enamels as an embellishment. Three enameled pieces will be made. After some practice runs with enameling on copper and fine silver sheet, the final fine sliver metal clay piece will be enameled. The price will be $335 EC or $125 US. Call and indicate which day you can come , I will accommodate. 453-2338
I was glad to play a part in joining two lives in holy matrimony today. I made their rings by combining fine silver sheet and silver clay. At first they thought about plain silver rings, but I have had some symbolic designs ready for such an occasion. Here her ring has a negative, recessed area and his ring has a raised ridge that fits the recess. I hope Kimberly and Cameron have as many happy years together as my husband and I have had. We will celebrate our 49th anniversary in December.
Sifting enamel powder is important for two reasons. One is to get rid of the fine dust that is present. This fine dust will obscure the clarity of transparent enamels. The second reason is just as important. Using enamel grains that are of equal size allows you to apply an even, thin layer of enamel to your object. They lie next to each other in a perfect grid. This is important especially when applying enamels to a three dimensional object. When the grains are of equal size they will distribute them selves evenly and if liquid is also present, the natural water tension holds the enamel grains in place. In the photo above is my sorting jar. I used a jewelry saw to cut out the bottom of six of the sections. One section was left intact to catch the enamels. I glued various sizes of mesh to each jar and labeled it accordingly. The glue has darkened over the years, and shows up as brown color. In the bottom photo you can see a penny in the jar to help force the powder through the mesh. You can sift though which ever mesh you wish. 60 mesh enamels are good for applying to tubing when making beads. 200 or 325 mesh enamels are good to ensure clear, transparent effects. I do the sifting with a cover on the top, so that the dust is contained.