Wednesday, 23 June 2010

all that glisters is not gold..... it could be silver!


My latest creations from the evening class I attend in Silver-smithing....







I'm still working on the pendant and earring above, hope to have them finished so that I can submit them for assessment.

And a twisty, twirly fold of copper...

Sunday, 13 June 2010

drawing...


I've spent a couple of hours today making drawings of foxgloves. I love drawing! ahhhhh... it's like some kind of meditation to me. Totally absorbing, deliciously relaxing and enjoyable, exhausting.... but totally fulfilling.
The drawing is going to be used for an etching.... possibly life size, if I can solve the problems of placing an aquatint onto a plate size 1000mm x 500mm, getting it into a bath of mordant and then printing it in my press..... (I'll solve these mere trifles!!!! um! did someone mention trifle.... I'm off to find a bowl of Rhubarb with real Dairy Ice Cream - we're watching 'Julie & Julia'... it's making me hungry!)


Mistle Thrush in the Rhubarb




progress with the print...

I've cut the second layer and had a quick go at printing them separately and then together. I printed the second layer before allowing the first to dry at all, which I know you shouldn't do (I was snatching time as usual!) .... but I really like the effect!
In the areas where there is none of the pale ink the Dark Bronze Blue ink retains that very dark hue but in the areas where it is printing onto wet ink a third hue is created. Now, I have a dilemma! do I print them in the correct manner ie, after allowing the first layer to dry.... or do I throw caution and tradition to the wind and do my own thing.... um!