'The little space within the heart is as great as the vast universe. The heavens and the earth are there, and the sun and the moon and the stars. Fire and lightning and winds are there, and all that now is and all that is not.' -The Upanishads.

Monday, June 12, 2017

heat wave ...

Lots of completed pieces to share.  I love the porcelain spikes on two of the earring pairs - made by Petra Carpreau of the Etsy shop, Scorched Earth.  They are GORGEOUS!! And look like they were made to go with the bronze clay.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

more ...

OK.  I am obsessed.  It's amazing to be able to imagine something and hold it in your hand a day or so later.

And three layering necklaces that have nothing whatsoever to do with metal clay.  The silver hamsa was purchased at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul by a traveling friend and has been waiting to be used.  It was too new looking, so I gave it a patina and bashed it up a little with my trusty hammer.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

playing catch-up

I continued to have problems with the powdered clay made by a well known PMC artist and instructor who shall-not-be-named.  Some batches melted into unrecognizable blobs.  Some were sintered on the outside (like the photos in the previous post), but brown powder on the inside.  Advice on her user forum showed me that these were not uncommon problems and the solution offered of doing continual test batches was not one that I wanted to waste my time, labor, or hard earned cash on.  Art Clay Silver fired beautifully.  So did FastFire Bronze.  So I have stuck with those and I am excited and inspired by the results.

No metal clay here - just finally finishing a piece started a long time ago and abandoned during a creative dry spell.

Another orphaned piece that got united with a chain from something else that hadn't worked out.  Big cool Tibetan silver(y) bead in the center.  Like a shield.

One of those YUGE Thai terracotta amulets - hanging from a vintage Suffolk County bus token.  But the "S" could certainly stand for Susan or Sarah - or Super.

And the rest are all PMC.  Silver, copper, and mostly bronze.  Which I love the best.  Which strikes me as odd because I don't really care much for gold - except gold paint.  Bronze though - I think of the Bronze Age, of course, archaeologist used-to-wannabee that I am.  The clay that I am using has the ancient proportions of copper and tin.  Both mined even in prehistoric times in Cornwall, by the way.  Anyone else hooked on "Poldark"?

Monday, June 27, 2016

follow up

A few of the pieces didn't work out. They crumbled to a brown dust. I was very disappointed, to say the least. The rest were also rough and brown, but when I tried polishing them, the results were much closer to what I had hoped for. Not sure what I did wrong, but I ordered a couple of different types of bronze clay and I'll try them out and see what gives the best results. I'm reminding myself that I've had the same disappointments with pottery and fabric dyes, so I just have to learn from it and move forward. Sometimes I can be such a grown-up!

A few new Etsy listings:

Sunday, June 19, 2016

summer solstice

I am the Queen of Procrastination.  Two - ok, maybe more like three - years ago, I decided that I needed to expand my repertoire and branch out into making my own components.   I thought about lampworking, but I am not a big fan of open flames.  This is also why soldering seemed like a poor choice for me.  I ordered a packet of silver clay and a creme brulee torch, but the expense involved was daunting, as was trying to find a place in my small house to do torch work of any kind.  The silver felt too precious to allow me to make mistakes with it.  I need to make LOTS of mistakes.  It's how I grow and how my work grows too.

Sooooo, I decided to go for broke and ordered this baby:

opening the box
A Paragon metal clay kiln, metal clay in copper, bronze, and - - - something else I can't quite remember right now.  The clay is not exactly cheap, but not so precious that I wasn't able to get into fooling around with it and making enough thingies for a firing.  I will post some photos when they are done.  I am sooo excited!

And here are some pieces I haven't blogged before:

A Tibetan turquoise earring, deer antler tip, copper spiral, red jasper for strength and courage, vintage inlaid bone beads from a Buddhist prayer mala.

Lucky Ancestor flower earrings.  Horseshoes, skulls, blue evil eyes - and hearts.

This piece features three large, hand faceted rutilated quartz beads, a raku scarab, mother-of-pearl bar, glass beads from Indonesia and the Czech Republic. A couple of really old African trade beads framing the scarab and some smokey quartz too, I believe. I haven't listed this one on Etsy yet - can't seem to figure out what to say about it.

And another large ceremonial piece because people kept asking if I was ever going to make another one and I just happened to have bought two of the (alleged) Song Dynasty bronze coins and had one just hanging around.