Friday, December 30, 2011

Out of the Studio

I thought I'd be taking some of this week to clean up my studio, but I tend to get sidetracked a bit.  I clean, I make more of a mess, etc.  I dragged out my etching supplies (tub filled with ferric chloride)  and wanted to make a few etching plates out of copper.  I had made some drawings on white paper with my Pigma markers and transferred them onto transparency.

Where you see black is what ends up being etched. I hadn't done an etching in a while so I figured I was going to have to go back through some old notes on how to transfer the drawing onto the metal.  Before I did that, I was looking through some of my other supplies from Sherri Haab's e-forming and etching kit and lo and behold I came across some UV-30 film.  I had totally forgotten about using this film to etch with.  Working with it is so easy.  I found these instructions on Sherri's website if you want to see what's involved.  It may seem like a lot, but it goes fairly quickly. But I also wanted to try drawing on the metal with marker to see how those etchings would come out.  I came across a fine tip Sharpie oil paint marker in my studio (yes!), so figured I'd give that a try. The drawback with this is obvious.  Once you do the etching, there's no back-up drawing.


                                                    "Matisse Leaves"


                                                          "Scrungie" (marker)
And while I was in the chemicals, I figured I'd take out a few more to make these electroformed earrings.
So, from my studio to yours - I hope you have a healthy, happy and safe new year!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Marvelous Monday

I'm just lounging around the house today enjoying the quiet while my daughter and her friend are studying.  Lily was born on Christmas Day and Gabrielle was born on Christmas Eve.  What could two girls possibly be studying for the day after Christmas?  They're both studying to take their driver's test.  The DMV is closed today but tomorrow I may very well be celebrating yet another milestone in the Abarbanel home. 

While I was buried in the internet, I came across these beautiful simplistic designs of Katja Prins.  She's got over a decade of jewelry designs on her website to enjoy.  Have a marvelous Monday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Pushing It

Well, things haven't quite stopped, but definitely slowed down a bit so I wanted to talk about the new book that was on the horizon and now in my inbox.  Back at Synergy in 2009 I had purchased some die sets from Tracy Holmes and Dan Cormier.  Having done die forming with the hydraulic press in my past life, I thought these new tools were genius.  Sawing through an acrylic die can be a long and arduous process - and then there's sanding of the die.  And rather than a 20-ton press, which is a hefty investment,  your fingers are your tools.  And you don't just get one die, a get a set of nine concentric shapes.   And a whole slew of shapes to choose from.  Nicely done. 
Remember these earrings? Textured, die formed and electroformed.  Backless.  I can't tell you how many times I've used that die.  Love the shape - long pebble.  Now to go read, shop and imagine.  Just another late night.  And not to mention all those blogs I NEED to catch up on!  Happy holidays!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Marvelous Monday

"Clay transforms in the kiln: an irreversible process from mud to sharp edges, vibrant colour and translucency. I am drawn to develop this transforming quality in the work itself; making pieces that alter in pattern or give an allusion of movement and depth by using clay’s potential for creating surface texture and building sculptural dimension."

Today I'm sharing the work of ceramicist Fenella Elms.  Her mobius structures are so delightful and I enjoy the way my eyes are carried through their twists and turns.  The shadows these forms create at night must be so dramatic.  I hope you enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Marvelous Monday - Friday Edition

I forgot to check if my scheduled post went live on Monday.  Obviously, it didn't.  So here's Monday's post.  Life's been so busy, that something had to fall between the cracks. 

I came across John Turner's work on Etsy and was smitten with his work.  I love all the different shapes and patterns found in his bowls.  And then where you least expect it, there's that beautiful white/translucent raku pattern seen in this bowl below.

But then there's this effect, that I'm just crazy about.  

The last few weeks were busy ones for me in the studio, so the blog came up short.  I'll try to get back to the original routine when the dust settles . . .  hope you have a marvelous Monday! (or Friday as the case may be)

Monday, December 5, 2011

Marvelous Monday

A bunch of last minute orders that came in yesterday while I was away from the studio, left me burning the midnite oil.  I couldn't start the week without this post.  Lucky for me that I stumbled fairly quickly on this artist!  Jorge Lopera is a jewelry artist from Bogota, Columbia.  These photos were taken from his flickr page, but he also has a website to peruse.  His colorful, playful designs put a smile on my weary face!  Enjoy and have a marvelous Monday!