Sunday, April 29, 2018

Art Elements - April Theme Challenge: Horses

This month's Art Elements Theme Challenge is Horses.

Mom and I have not particiapated in any challenges for a couple of years. We both have been stressed at work, mom has had health issues the last few years, and we both just have not been up to adding anything extra to our lives.

Well, January 31st mom retired. She wanted to get a few months of freedom under her belt before we started anything new, so, this is our first challenge and we were both excited about it. I do have to say the only reason I knew about it was that Jennifer Cameron mentioned it to me on my Instagram page when I started posting the picture of our horse piece. She said I should join the challenge, so here we go.

This is our completed horse piece - it is about six inches by seven inches - and it will be displayed in a shadow box. Mom and I were trying to go for the rustic/southwest feel for the colors in the horse. Both of us are really happy with the way it turned out.

The piece first starts out as a pattern that is then glued down on 20g copper sheets. Mom and I try to get as many patterns on the 12x12 inch sheet of copper (no waste of copper here).

We then use our big cutter to make the pieces smaller for us to saw out.

Mom hand saws out the pattern (you can see a video of her sawing on our FB page) with a jeweler's saw and then she files and sands the piece before I get to the enameling.

I then enamel the pieces in a kiln. I try to have an assembling line going of pieces so I can maximize my time since I can only enamel on the weekend.

And this is the piece right out of the kiln.

I hope you enjoyed our process for the horse plate.

Here is a list of those participating in the challenge. Mom and I have the last day of our show today, so I will hop when I have a chance.


Beth - you are here

AE Team Members: 


  1. Fabulous piece! I love the intricate cuts, and the colors are just amazing. I liked reading about your process as well!

  2. Wow! I love the horse, the abstract shape, the wonderful colours, it is simply beautiful! Also I love to read how you and your mother create together. I always love the stories behind pieces and how they were created. This kind of collaboration makes it even more beautiful to me:)

  3. Love that Horse! Love Copper! That's alot of sawing too, bravo!

  4. I am SO GLAD you decided to participate! It's a gorgeous piece. I hope you'll share a photo of it once you have it in its shadowbox.

    If you're interested in more challenges, we will be revealing the next theme on Tuesday :-)

  5. WOW! Just WOW!! This piece is just spectacular. I am so glad Jen encouraged you to join in the theme challenge. Your mom's sawing skills are just perfect. I am definitely looking for you on Instagram so I can follow your work. Thanks for participating!!

  6. Stunning work, I love the enamel colour and the cutting is just perfect! Looking forward to seeing it framed :)

  7. Wowzers! That horse is gorgeous. The design and the color are perfectly southwestern (I'm from AZ and I can say this piece would look perfectly at home there.). Fabulous work.

  8. Wow Beth! Amazing job on the horse! I can't imagine how long it takes to cut those!

  9. oh my goodness that is amazing!! Hope your mum enjoys her retirement and we see more of you both in the challenges, like Cathy I am going to find you on Instagram!!

  10. that's beautiful! i can't believe the precision - your mum is clearly an expert piercer!

  11. Glad you could join us for the return to challenges! The horse looks lovely and I can’t wait to see the finished shadow box. . Sorry I missed the reveal, glad you liked the theme!

  12. Wow! This is really cool! Thanks for sharing your collaborative process with your mom. That's so special that you guys get to work together on your art!


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