Thursday, May 30, 2019

Art Elements Theme - Forest

Metal print by my nephew Skyler - can be found on Etsy.
This month's Art Elements Theme is the Forest. I was so looking forward to creating a piece for this month's challenge. Mom and I started discussing ideas the day I signed us up. I love doing "forest" themed pieces - leaves, animals, bugs, birds, etc.

Unfortunately I didn't complete our piece for this month. I lost track of time (seriously it is the end of May you guys). Mom had some health issues, I was lazy, a family member passed away, I was lazy, and let me say it again - I was lazy and lost track of time. Sorry - that is not an excuse.

But let me at least show you were we were going and I will also share some pieces we have made in the past that are forest themed.

Guardian of the Wood pendant - more in Etsy shop
Mom and I decided to use one of our Guardian of the Woods pendants (you can find four different ones in our Etsy shop). Mom designs a pattern - then we scan it for use later. The pattern is then glued to copper and mom saws it out and then I enamel the pieces in a kiln.

Mom wanted to make enameled copper leaves to go in the necklace and lampwork glass beads.

Mom loves these beads I make - they are a red base with frit on top. I usually have to yell at her to stop stealing the beads - they are to be used to make pieces for us to sell (slaps her hands away from the goodies).

These are the leaves mom sawed out - they are to be used in the necklace, to make a pair of earrings and possibly a bracelet (when I get done enameling).

This is the start of my enameling session. I got all of the backs done - but I still have to do the front of the pendants.

This is the rough sketch idea for the necklace. We want to use the lampwork glass beads down by the bail of the pendant and around the neck. We will then use the enameled leaves in the middle of the necklace. Once I get done enameling and mom and I assemble the piece I will share pictures.

Okay - to share some of our other "forest" themed pieces. First - just look at our blog banner. It is a picture of a Hedgie necklace mom and I made several years ago. I loved how that piece turned out. Mom and I were thinking of making a hedgie for this month's theme, but we wanted to use the Guardian of the Wood pendant.

Wall hangings/plates mom and I have made (max size is about 10" across):

Guardian of the Wood plate - this goes into a shadow box (Sold)

Dragonfly plate (sold)

Wolf howling at the moon plate (sold)
Metal prints/dog tags

Trees against a stormy sky - dog tags on Etsy

My nephew took this photograph - we have it on a metal print now for sell in Etsy

Pendants (wire wrapped or enameled copper)

Hummingbird enameled copper pendant

Wolf enameled copper pendant

Fall leaf enameled copper pendant

Wire wrapped tree pendant

Leaf necklace

Frog necklace

Bee necklace with honeycomb

Leaf necklace (the pendants are just LOS) with our
lampwork beads - mom wired wrap this piece

Hummingbird necklace

Leaf necklace
So, that is what we have for this month's theme. Again I apologize in not following through, but we will get the piece done and I will post pictures.

Now - onto the wonderful artists who are participating:


Evie & Beth - you are here

AE Team

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Art Elements Theme - Repurposing

Old scale
This month's Art Elements Challenge is Repurposing. For the challenge you could do the following: upcycle, recycle, pre-loved or re-purposed. Mom and I decide to re-purpose and use an old scale that belong to my grandparents (mom's parents). Grandpa always had cool stuff in his garage/workshop (he was an engineer).

Mom had the idea first, but it is something I have wanted to do for a while, a dangly thing/sun catcher. We are calling our piece "Weighty Observations".

For the pendants we went for fun/whimsical pieces.

These are the pendants we ended up deciding on using. We have three pages of pendant ideas (elephant in the room, 800 lb gorilla in the room, cock sure, one trick pony, etc.).

Once the pendants are decided on, mom then draws out the patterns. Once the patterns are drawn we then glue them down on the copper and we saw them out.

I think this is mom sawing out the flying pig.

These are the pendants that mom sawed out (I did saw out a couple of the perimeters). Once mom is done sawing, filing and sanding I then enamel.

Color enameled on the pendants before they go into the kiln.

Pendants after they are taken out of the kiln and cooled.

Here is another look at the scale mom and I are using. I betcha this thing is actually older than I am.

Here is mom assembling the pendants to the scale.

Here is a look at the piece - we have it in the garage (it was raining today when I took the pictures and the lighting isn't that good). It gives you an idea of what it will look like hanging.

Pigs Fly

Monkeying Around

Dog Tired

Scaredy Cat
I did take the piece outside to try and give you an idea of what it will look like outside. Sorry, it was raining. 

Overall I am really happy with the way the piece turned out.

Cow jumping over the moon, Gentle as a lamb, Hare brained,
and Stubborn as a mule.
We still have these pendants to enamel and then assemble too.

I hope you enjoyed reading about our piece.

Here is a list of those who participated in this month's challenge:

Evie & Beth (you are here)
AE Team

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Art Elements Theme - Luna Moth

This month's Art Elements Theme is Luna Moth

The Luna Moth is more commonly known as giant silk moths. Typically, it has a wingspan of roughly 114 mm (4.5 in), but can exceed 178 mm (7.0 in), making it one of the larger moths in North America.

Mom and I actually both did picture research and then we compared what we both found and picked the two we wanted to work on.

You can sort of see the images we selected and then mom modified for patterns. We are using our cutter to make the pieces smaller to saw out (best purchase we made).

I actually sawed out the perimeters of the pendants. I left the hard parts for mom.

What mom sawed out - then she usually files and sands the pieces for me before I enamel them.

I actually took one day to make beads to go with the pieces - though I didn't end up making enough of the purple. Mom and I didn't like the purple with the pendant - so used other beads I had made.

When I enamel - I always start with a layer of clear. I am not sure if everyone else does this. This is what my professor taught me when I took enameling in metalsmithing. It works for me. So, the above picture is the first layer of clear.

This is the picture of the Luna Moth right after I took it out of the kiln - this is the clear layer.

I then do several layers of enamel - I actually wrote down the colors I used. I used different green and yellow on each of the Luna Moth pendants.

 Mom setup the tables in the garage (we had a few really nice days) for her to layout beads to choose from. Plus it was nice to be able to work in the garage.

This week I was down with a migraine - while I was down mom went ahead and strung the necklaces. The more intricate Luna Moth pendant layout I didn't care for, so mom restrung it to what we used for the theme reveal. I am glad we both can tell each other if we don't like something. Mostly it is "I don't like that - pick something else".

So - here is the more intricate pendant design.

This is the one mom picked out. The lampwork beads are beads that I made and the accent beads are New Silver Jasper and Serpentine. The pendant is about 4" wide and 3" long. There is no clasp, so it is long enough to put it over your head.

Here is the one I selected:

The lampwork beads are the beads I actually made for this month's theme. The accent beads are Sodalite and Czech beads. There is no clasp, so it is long enough to put over your head. The pendant is about 4" wide and about 3.5" long.

Thanks for sticking to the end.

Here is the list of participants:

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