This is something new for me. Sand Casting. Thanks to Gail Hodder for her kindness in showing me this Art. Sand casting is both interested and mind boggling. But for the most part - Fantastic. The picture of the dolphin tails give you and idea of the process. The 1st part - the blue dolphin tail - this is carved out of jewellers wax - then the 2nd part is the tail on the right - this is the piece that comes out of the sand when the granules are melted and poured into the mold - the 3rd part is the tail on the left - this is sanded and polished.
This ring above shows the wax mold and the finished ring after sanding, filing and polishing.
The cross shows the wax mold and the cross when is comes out of the sand mold.
So much to learn and so much to do - but just having fun doing it all.
The show was wonderful. The talent at this show is Amazing, I am so glad to be apart of this show. Thanks to Everyone for supporting me at the PEI Christmas Craft Show. It was a success Thanks to You! To all - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
This Summer has been GREAT! I went to Lexington Kentucky, it was beautiful. Found a great little town called Berea. Now, this was an exceptional outdoor Craft Show. A must see. The baked potato with the works and fresh lemonade was the best.
I went to Newport and talked to Tom Ellis at Thomson Enamels. I learned a lot. He also took me through the Museum - this is a Must see. You wouldn't believe your eyes, how enamels were and still are used in products from jewellery, pictures and vases. Some of the pieces were 100's of years old. Wow. www.thompsonenamels.com
Then off the great Madeleine Islands for a week. What a great place and wonderful people. Meet some very nice people over there and had a great supper at Denny's Diner. Thanks to Denis and his wife Leonise for the wonderful Sugar Pie. Still can't get this out of my mind. It was delicious.
The rest of this summer, I am making beads and jewellery for the fall shows.
Hope to see you there.
I went to Rio Grande - the jewelry supply store in New Mexico in January to take a work shop with Blaine Lewis on Stone Setting. Wow! I have learned the proper way to flush set stones, prong set, bezel set and bead setting. Bead setting was the hardest of all. We had to use a jewelers loupe in one hand and cut the beads and seat with a graver in the other hand.
I met lots of new friends and had an amazing time. Now to keep practicing and get new pieces out for this year.
Thanks to all the people that help support me at the PEI Christmas Craft Show this past weekend. I really appreciate the support and all of your wonderful comments. Thanks.
Working hard to get ready for the Christmas shows. Lots of new and exciting things. Have a small Man Cave collection of hand forged brass & copper pendants that are etched for the hunting man.
Hand a wonderful time in New York this summer. I finally got to visit CJ Sales in downtown New York. The best store ever for vintage beads, chain and everything you can imagine. Can't wait to go back.
Hope to see everyone at the PEI Christmas Craft show Nov 8-10th 2013 and the Turners Christmas Show on Nov 22-24th 2013.
Working on some styles of beads. Some glass is very challenging to work with. This new bead I worked on today with purples is stunning with the transparent and opaque shades. I am working on some glass cabs to make some new jewellery with. Taking a workshop soon on metal clay. I love the brass, it is so rich in color.
As Christmas is over for another year and it was wonderful being surrounded with family, I am starting a new journey. Coming up with new designs for my jewelry, learning more about glass and I am going to take some online coursed on Gemology. I am really excited about this, as it is a whole other unknown world to me.
Bought some books to study some of the names and terms used in gemstones, they can be really technical at times. But I love the adventure. Gemstones of the world is a really good book. A local jewelry store recommended it to me.
Hoping to take some courses in stone setting and jewelry repair soon. Also trying to plan a trip to New York to take a look at the vintage side of jewelry. My favorite. I love vintage jewelry from the 20's - 60's. Costume jewelry back then is stunning.
I want to wish everyone a Happy 2013 Year and thanks for all of your support.
Last fall I was lucky enough to take a wax carving course with Kate Wolf. It was very hard at first. When you are making something you are always adding things. With wax carving you are always taking away. That took some getting used to. But this year I was able to make some rings and pendants in time for the shows. I was very happy with the results. Check them out.
I have also been taking some workshops in stone cutting. This is really fascinating, but hard. I am still working on getting all of the unforseen scratches out, but coming along nicely. Hopefully soon I will have some agate ready.