RECENT WORK – “Bull’s Eye Pendant”

This piece went through many changes before arriving at its final “completed” state, yet once it got there it seemed so obvious. The work was photographed before I researched the symbolic meaning of the various elements and I was very pleased to find that the accepted symbolic meanings spoke to me in a very real way. Perhaps when I am wearing it I will be reminded to focus and center myself.

Bull's Eye, Talisman, pendant
“Bull’s Eye Talisman” – Carol Holaday

Bull's Eye Talisman, pendant, Carol Holaday

“Bull’s Eye Talisman” – detail

Bull's Eye, Talisman, Carol Holaday
back side of Bull’s Eye Talisman

Symbolic Meaning 

Bull’s eye type emblems are symbolic of focus or concentration.

Native Americans have been drawing these type symbols for eons. For the Native American, these circles within circles represent various forces within the universe converging with The One…the one spirit, the one energy that animates all that is (God, if you will).

Other cultures have drawn concentric circles to illustrate the same thing. The inner circle may represent the self, consciousness, the soul, or the mind…with the external circles representing the waves of influence our center has over everything else.

The very nature of this symbol commands our vision to focus.  As we look at it our eyes tend to immediately concentrate to the center…that’s the beauty of this symbol (and primarily why it’s been used by sharp shooters of all kinds in competitions).  As such, this symbol stands for focus upon the center – focusing on the one thing.

information above found at:

http://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2007/08/28/mandalas-hit-a-target- symbolism-of-the-bullseye/

Metaphysical Properties: Feldspar is said to assist one in detaching from the old, encouraging unconventional, exciting methods to attain ones goals. It can also assist in locating misplaced things.

Chinese Writing Stone is made of feldspar, and is sometimes referred to as Calligraphy Stone because of the white formations on a black background, which can look like Chinese script or calligraphy writing characters.

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Talisman

tal·is·man   – noun: talisman; plural noun: talismans

an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck.

New Work for “Adornment 2015” Exhibit

The two pieces shown below are work I created for the upcoming “ADORNMENT 2015” exhibit at the Z Folio Gallery in Monterey, California. The opening is December 4th, with the artist reception on December 6th, 3 to 5pm. The show will feature new work from the members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.

Reflection Pendant

“Reflection” necklace featuries a beautiful labradorite stone, a small blue green tourmaline, and two of my lampwork glass beads. The special light reflecting properties of the labradorite reminds me of how the changing colors of the sky reflected on the waters of the bay can so dramatically change the colors of the surface.

Reflection necklace
back of “Reflection”
"Sea Foam"
“Sea Foam” Bracelet

The “Sea Foam” bracelet features serpentine beads on a forged silver wire link bracelet.

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.

Resist for etching metal

resist for etching
good resist for etching metal

I use Press-n’-Peel/lazer printer ink image transfer process as a resist for etching my printing plates. I use the Staedtler pens for touch-up purposes when the design doesn’t transfer perfectly. They can also be used for drawing directly on the metal. This ink will hold up longer than Sharpie ink will. I bought a box of ten from Amazon.com at a good price. Update: 2018 I recently switched to salt water etching with citric acid added to the solution and discovered this resist did NOT hold up as well as in the salt solution without the citric acid.

Photographing on white and on black

I photographed the recently created “Bird” cuff on a white background and on a black glass background as a test to see what works best for the piece. Both seem OK to my eye… just very different. The black is dramatic, the white seems more contemporary.  If I were to list this in my Etsy shop, I might also photograph it with some props from the garden. A leafy branch or two for instance. Plus I need a photo that shows the out-side of the ends as an alternate view.

The brass sheet was originally photo etched to use as a plate for roll printing onto silver, however, I decided it would work better used directly for jewelry. I am now wearing the cuff to see how the polished surface might change over time. The dark background is a heat patina that developed naturally when I annealed the metal for forming.

bird cuff photo etched
Bird cuff 1
Bird Cuff - Carol Holaday
Bird cuff 1 on black