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And time truly does fly! After my last post I took a break from working on rebuilding my web site to prepare for the annual Mother’s Day Jewelry Sale at Monterey Peninsula College.

May 2017 MPC Jewelry sale my display edit

Here I am using my phone to process credit card sales. Photo thanks to Kelli M.

The three day sale was a huge success for participants who donated 20% of their sales revenue to the MPC Jewelry Department. This goes towards buying new tools for the classroom and additional supplies for all students to share.

Once I recovered from that, classes ended for the summer break and I got back to work making new designs for the next MPC Jewelry sale (early December) and inventory for my on-line store…. which is progressing slowly. I’ve spent quite a bit of time exploring fusing (no solder) fine silver to sterling silver, with most of the work having a “Tide Pool” theme…. Sea Stars, bubbles, and ocean colored stones.

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“Tide Pool #2” –  chrysocolla/malachite

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“Tide Pool  #3”- azurite/malachite

 

 

Blue Halibut

Carol Holaday fish brooch

I am participating in the MPC Jewelry Sale once again. This is a three day event that takes place in early May and in early December. I’ve made lots of new work for this sale, including the “Blue Halibut” brooch above and new earring designs featuring the keum-boo technique on roll printed fine silver.

Monterey Peninsula College 19th Annual Mother’s Day Art Sale

Students of the Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) Jewelry, Ceramic, and Printmaking departments will be presenting their work for sale May 5, 6, and 7 on the college campus at 980 Fremont Street, Monterey.

Hours for the sale are Thursday May 5 from 5pm to 8pm, Friday and Saturday May 6 & 7 from 10am to 5pm. Jewelry and printed cards will be located in the Art-Dimensional Building, Room 106. Ceramics and glass will be located in the Art-Ceramic Building studio room 107. Both buildings are adjacent to Fishnet Road and signs will be posted to point the way to the studios. Follow signs on campus to parking lot B. Parking is free during the hours of the sale. No charge for admission.

Stop by and visit this pop-up art extravaganza showcasing a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind works of art. Buy local art and help to support the MPC Jewelry, Ceramics, Glass, and Printmaking studio programs, which offer a supportive setting and a mentoring environment for talented students to showcase and promote their artistic creations. This is a great opportunity to find that special piece of art, meet the artist, and see where it was made.

Liver of sulfur on silver

Carol Holaday rings
three rings with LOS
Carol Holaday - ring
Bird in a Bush ring

Three new rings created for the recent sale at Monterey Peninsula College. Showing these as examples of the colors that can be achieved on silver using liver of sulfur patina.

Liver of Sulfur for a rainbow of colors on silver –  adapted from instructions provided by Katherine Palochak.

2 C. hot water

about a half teaspoon of LOS gel (or can use dry lump form)

1 Tbsp. clear, plain ammonia

1 tsp. salt (I use kosher)

Dissolve the LOS in the hot water, then add the other ingredients. Stir well. Color of water will be yellow.

Dip piece to be patinated into a container of very hot water to pre-heat the metal, then briefly dip into the LOS solution.

Next dip it in a container of ice water to stop the action and set the patina.

Repeat as necessary to achieve the colors you want. Best to build up color slowly.  Color will develop beginning with straw gold and ending at total black. Left too long in the LOS and the black can become too thick and flake off.

This recipe is particularly good for the dark purple and blue iridescent colors although I have achieved some remarkable orange and magenta colors as well… as seen on the ring at right in photo.

Try different amounts of ammonia and salt (iodized salt gives a different color than kosher salt), and make color patterns by selectively dipping just certain areas of the piece into the LOS solution.

Allow the patina to dry and set before rubbing it off the high areas of the design with a fine polishing paper or pumice. I also use this process for copper and brass although the colors achieved will be very different. Mostly brown to black.

Looking Back… and Forward

binders for classes
Teaching Materials

This won’t be “news” to friends, family, and students, however, others may not know, so here is my big announcement:

Six months ago (August 2013) I officially retired from Monterey Peninsula College where I taught Jewelry and Metal Arts classes for nearly 30 years! Over the years, as a part-time instructor, I taught more than 20 different special topic classes in addition to the basic and advanced metals classes… some more than 40 times, a few only once. I really enjoyed the research, writing, sample making, and learning, that went into every class I taught. The binders full of instruction, photos, resource lists, etc., that I created for each class, are a record of those classes and also a reminder of the many wonderful students who made teaching such a fulfilling endeavor. Their enthusiasm, creativity, and appreciation, helped keep my own creative energy flowing.

I am frequently asked, “Are you enjoying retirement?” Well… yes and no. I like having more time for my own work and for gardening, but I miss teaching. I miss the camaraderie of the classroom, as well as the focus required for preparing new demos and improving on content. I am thinking about how I can continue, or return to, the process somehow. Since so many are sharing their knowledge via the web, maybe this is the way; it is certainly something to think about. For now, I am working on updating and expanding a PowerPoint presentation that I can convert to a PDF for sharing here. This one is for Color on Metal, a workshop I presented in 2010. Meanwhile, here is one sample that I created for that class:

color on metal - paint
acrylic paint sample

Water based acrylic paint on textured copper.

“Sanctuary Talisman”

Sanctuary Talisman
Sanctuary Talisman

The “Sanctuary Talisman” expresses my reverence for:

the natural world

the water that supports all life

the beautiful ocean

"Sanctuary Talisman" back
Spiral

Inspired by the Monterey Bay Sanctuary that I see every day, I created this pendant for the upcoming Monterey Peninsula College art faculty exhibit.

"Sanctuary Talisman" detail
Glass cabochon - closeup

3/4″ diameter glass cabochon created with a torch, carved moonstone, aquamarine, sterling silver, fine silver chain

keum-boo sample

keum-boo sample
light to dark - dark to light

This is a sample that I created for the keum-boo class I am teaching at Monterey Peninsula College. It has inspired all sorts of variations and could become a new “line” given enough time.

The keum-boo techniques offers so many graphic possibilities… I want to try them ALL!

Students were very enthusiastic and inspired after the first class… it will be interesing to see what they come up with by the end of the second (and final) day.

Photo taken with my newest DSLR. I love it! but have lots to learn yet. So many choices and not easy to remember which ones are the “best” ones to make in any given situation.

Sale announcement

sale announcement

I will be offering a huge selection of my lampwork beads… loose beads, sets of beads, bags of beads…. maybe some finished jewelry made with my beads.

Karin Salomon is selling her beaded jewelry. Her designs, color sense and craftsmanship are exceptional. The beaded bangle on the “postcard” is one she made for me. I love it!

All are invited to attend the sale. Light refreshments will be served.

A Monterey Peninsula College map can be found at http://www.mpc.edu   The sale takes place in room 106 of the Arts Dimensional building. This is the room next to the Jewelry Studio… for those who know where that is.