Thursday, 2 February 2012

I heart jewellery

So it's February. How did that happen? Only 75 more days until the end of the semester! This semester has been very busy so far, but I have to say that it's been really nice only having one studio to worry about. Though I could do without some of the art history, or at least the exams that come along with it. I have my first midterm in less than a week, and another one two weeks from today. These will be the first exams I have taken in probably five years - should be interesting.

Anyway, despite a rocky start Holloware and forging have really grown on me. Here is my finished and polished spoon! I had heat treated the copper (basically just put it in the oven) at one point and got this really amazing magenta colour - but I liked it better this way.

Then we did a sinking exploration. A lot of the detail would have been more easily attained with chasing and repoussé, which apparently I need to learn for almost everything I want to do right now. Kye wanted us to look at organic forms, so I looked at some images I had of coral.

My favourite part of this week involved fire and hot glass! For my prototype I made a few little elements out of glass. It was the first time I had worked with glass since the summer, it was nice and felt really natural to be back in the studio. I am still figuring out exactly what I am doing for the prototype but I will post more photos as I make more progress.

The hydraulic press is making my life a lot easier (despite sort of destroying my acrylic mold) I can pop out a bunch of these shapes! I also did a test with some more heat treating of the copper. I think I left it in the oven a bit too long - I wanted it to be a little bit more magenta, but I can just pickle it and try again!

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