I was browsing the internet and came across this artist! She does jewelry with the use of found objects in nature! Right up my alley! Check out her site:
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Here's my most recent creation where I am utilizing my new studio space! I was able to use my metals bench and my new woodworking bench on these!
These earrings have been riveted onto the poplar wood. You can see the miniature copper washers attached to the back.
Friday, June 26, 2009
A former student of mine, Matt Rust, recently had a ring of his accepted into a local gallery show at Sweet Art of Mine (West Chester, OH). Matt took Metals with me as a senior and is currently studying art at Miami University.
Here is the web address for the show at Sweet Art of Mine:
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The new wood working bench is coming in handy! I'm using a combination of my metals and wood working benches to create these pieces! I'm using rivets and/or epoxy to join the two materials together to create these pieces. The two different materials create such an eye catching and unique look. Everyone is saying how wood jewelry is the new in thing! I just wanted to take something new (wood) and old (silver, copper) and bring them together into my own unique design!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
After adding woodworking to my jewelry I have been in need of a new bench for my new "toys". Competing for room with one of our cars, kids toys, lawn equipment, etc has become a struggle. However, I now have a bench for my metal working and a bench for my woodworking. Here's a picture of the bench that I constructed last night. Now I need to get working on jewelry!!!!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Once I get some errands run today I will be constructing an extended work bench. I am desperately in need of studio space in my garage. I bought a bandsaw and belt sander and there is hardly any room to work. I need a better spot for soldering, so that I have better ventilation. I will post pictures as soon as I get it together. It will not be anything extravagant. It's just a humble studio space surrounded by bikes, toys, lawnmower, etc. Ahhh, the life as an artist and parent :) I wouldn't have it any other way!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Many artists have their own unique ways of finding inspiration for their artwork. Obviously, the outdoors is my main inspiration. We just took our family to Whitewater Memorial State Park for a camping trip with friends. Last year's camping trip helped inspire me into creating one of the pieces that I created for The Best of 2009 Show for Ohio. This year's inspiration will be shared in a future post! I'm attaching last year's creation!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The outdoors is the perfect place for relaxing and simply enjoying our natural surroundings. In the past year I have become greatly inspired by nature with my jewelry. I've been pushing the idea of taking the natural beauty around us and incorporating it into "man made" jewelry. I have been using everything from nuts, antler, animal hair, and dried plants in my work. I'm heading off to camp this weekend! I'm anxious to see what kind of interesting materials I'll find for my next creation!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I use a hand held propane torch when doing heat patinas in my studio. I've tried using an acetylene torch, however the flame is too intense to get the multitude of colors. When using the propane torch turn the flame as low as you can so that the flame is steady, yet not too hot. You will have the best results doing it this way!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
There are many ways to patina metal. I tend to enjoy the look of a heat patina on copper. To get the the results that you see it requires a very low flame. While also starting out with a very clean piece of copper! It takes some time to get the multi colored look, so have patience when doing the heat patina.