Monday, October 26, 2009

The Elm's Gone Golden Leaves

Wintergreen oil transfer print

The Maple's scarlet foliage
And the Elm's gone-golden leaves
Let loose upon a cooler air
To ride a whimsy wind

They loop-the-loop
A dart, a glide
A pin-wheel turn, then
Angle towards the ground

I shuffle through their quiet gatherings
Chase them into rounded piles
Cupped and curled like hands waving
They are off in a rustle of laughter

I know these tricks
But still I stare
At gaunt limbs
And barren branches

So soon their clatter softens
And dampness presses secrets deep
Into earth-brown beds for quiet sleep
Under Early snow.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Copper Book Bracelet & Silver Rings

My first metals project was inspired by a poem I wrote last Spring and by the book form.  The text was etched using blue press and peel and bathed in ferric acid.  The arm bands were roller pressed so a slight imprint of string is visible, then soldered onto the base text piece.  The texture was made with a chasing hammer and everything is held together with a chicago bolt.  Liver of sulfur is the next step, along with lots more sanding and filing and fashioning of some sort of closure pin to keep the pages from sliding open.

Two rings complete, one cut and soldered the other pierced.  Many more to go!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Metals Gallery

Susan May - Tall Ring

                                   Meghan O'Rourke  Jali Rings 

                          Joanne Haywood - Blue Bells

                                                                    Sharon Massey Preciousness Necklace                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Meghan O'Rourke  fold out bangles                       

                        Miriam Verbeek Necklace

We started our intro class with a few rings, using basic skills in sawing, annealing, piercing, drilling, riveting and filing.We have learned how to solder, how to clean the metal in warm pickle pot, how to anneal copper until it glows, how to texture with hammers, imprint with a rolling mill and how to etch using asphaltum and PNP blue.  We've used flux and scribes, mallets and ring mandrels, doming blocks and punches, flexshaft motors and firebricks as we began our first project; a tool/jewelry object.  It is due next week and I've got plenty of work yet to do.  But I needed a little inspiration and found lots in the images above.  I love the variety of materials used (crochet and fibers!), the designs, textures and colors.

Inspiring Books: 
Stitched Jewels - Jewelry that's sewn, stuffed, gathered & Frayed by Marthe Le Van
Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet by Mary Hettmansperger

Images from Velvet da Vinci and artist's websites.  

Friday, October 02, 2009

Late September Camping

Fishing off the dock on Lake Kegonsa near Madison: It was cool and overcast, but the sun poked through enough to keep us warm. This campground has two playground areas, a boardwalk through marshland and lots of hiking trails.  
Ko was the keeper of the fire, making sure my kettle was hot for "tea" and dishwater.
Julian kept the fire burning, the logs stacked and the poker hot.
A cool day for the beach, but rock hopping and toe dipping was fun; lots of holes, canals and castles were dug in the sand. We avoided the rain, ate lots of good food and stayed warm around the campfire while the fall foliage began to dry, change color and blow down around us. Acorns crunched beneath our shoes as we spotted rotting black walnuts and wild turkeys in the forest around our campsite.  We woke to the loud honking of Canadian geese flying towards warmer places and held our cups of campfire coffee close.