I made these earrings for my friend Jan in memory of the many happy hours we’ve spent together watching the birds in our shared garden. She helps me to identify the different birds that come and go here.
I photo etched a brass texture plate and used it to roll print the design onto a silver. I then selected and cut the discs to feature two facing birds. The lapis beads were chosen to match a necklace Jan wears.
Update: cards are OK … just not as thrilling as hoped for. Elegant but dark. Next card design will be much brighter and perhaps with a white background. Fortunately, the back of the card tells more of the story.
If Staples ever offers the great deal again, I might also order this one:
Sunflower bracelet business card
While it also features a dark background, there is a lot more color to brighten it up.
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:
Artist Statement 2013
My work expresses a reverence for the beautiful ocean I have lived near all my life. I am inspired by the constantly changing colors and patterns of the water’s surface and the life that teems below. I often utilize shapes and colors with symbolic connections that are both obvious and ambiguous.
Mind, Heart & Hand: From the Metal Artist’s Studio
A Juried Exhibition of work by the Members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild at the
Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz
December 6, 2013 – February 4, 2014
Z Folio Gallery: Structure + Rhythm
Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild
Z Folio Gallery, Cannery Row, Monterey CA
November 25 2013 to January 6, 2014
Taking a break from etching experiments to prep and make a stacked saucer bead for a tube rivet demo. I really like the color combination of high karat gold and turquoise and this inspired my choice of materials for coloring the copper and brass.
I started with three 24 gauge 1 1/2″ discs. The fine silver tube is 1/4″ OD. The silver jump ring is soldered closed. After coloring the domed copper discs with first the paint and then the Gilder’s Paste, they were sprayed with acrylic to seal them. The gold leafing pen was used to color the small flat brass washers only. I used a small cross pein hammer to texture the edge of the brass center. The beautiful tube riveting tools from Tim Lazure where used to set and finish the rivet.
Two sides of another saucer bead made using similar techniques. This one features etched copper discs colored with Gilder’s paste and LOS and a copper center disc with a red heat patina.
The small power source (see Feb. 14 post for photo) works perfectly well for the larger etching set-up I made for cuff sized blanks and roll printing plates. I would still like to have a power source that would allow for setting the voltage to 1.5V. The little black one only goes down to 3V at a preset 2amp.
I used an acrylic display case designed for model cars for this tank that accommodates a 3″ wide X 6″ long (or smaller) piece. The tank is 4 1/2″w x 9″l x 5″h. The closer the anode is to the cathode, the faster the etch. The “wings” on the cathode and anode supports help to keep the plates parallel in the tank as well as providing a place for attaching the leads that is away from the water.
A deep etch on 18g brass took 3 hours. I used a soft brush to clean off both the anode and the cathode several times during the process. I plan to use this plate for roll printing a few copper cuff blanks, and then perhaps use it to make a cuff… or maybe will cut it up for several pendants.
The black on the plate shown above is the lazer toner resist. I removed this with Citrasolv before using the plate for roll printing silver for a ring band.
I used the etched brass plate to roller print an 18g sterling strip to use for a ring band.