Friday, July 1, 2016

Camping Projects

I've working on some bracelets while out camping. The weather has been beautiful. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Skull n Leather Bracelet

I'm so in love with this new bracelet but it's already sold, there will be more because I need one to wear.
Skull n leather bracelet, $60.00

Sawing Class

I was very lucky to schedule a class with Robyn Cornelius at Bead and button. I took her mini piercing class and it was amazing. I'm not sure if she cast a special sawing spell over the whole room or what but I only used two blades on my project. You know in the past I have really struggled with sawing so this was a huge improvement. I have friends who have taken other classes with Robyn and loved them so if she comes to your area and you get a chance to take a class with her do it!

Mini Percing With Robyn!  

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Notebook Cover

I've been working on a few projects that have needed notes not stuck on a post-it and forgotten someplace so I started a bullet journal then I decided I wanted separate notebooks for each piece of the pie so I made an A5 notebook holder like one I saw from Germany for $135+ shipping. 

It's all leather, recycled copper and hair elastics. 

Inside the cover. 

It's actually navy and red. 

Top view. 

With the notebooks placed into the clips. 

Copper hooks to hold the notebooks. 

Copper hooks before I put them into the notebook. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Cuttlefish Casting

Today I took a Cuttlefish Casting class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. My first pour went well but the second one was a bust. Here are some photos of the first cast. 
Heating the bronze for the pour. 

Opened cast. 


It looked pretty rough so I wasn't so sure at this point things were going to be any good. 

After sawing off the excess and polishing it up I think my first shot was a success. 

More to come. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Colored Pencil on Copper

I've been working on cutting more pancake or blanking die to use with my Hydraulic press and I'm having a ball using the colored pencil on them. Here are a few new pieces and another on the way.

This is about 2.5 inches long. 

I love how the back of this turned out. 

I'm calling this the chalkboard heart. 

Next up will be some sugar skulls.
I would like to introduce you to my helpful sidekick Roxi she's an Australian Shephard who thinks nothing can be made without her stamp of approval and a touch of dog fur. She looks a bit crazy here but she was trying to squish her head into a space it normally doesn't fit into. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hydraulics, Texture & Techniques

Emily  Wohlscheid and I are teaching a class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts for the spring semester on the hydraulic press and color techniques. One of the things we are showing is colored pencil on copper and I thought my readers might like to see some of the samples. 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

A great class wth Jayne Redman

For the past five days I've been taking a class from Jayne Redman, if you ever get a chance to take one of her workshops just do it. The 5 days were spent breaking a million saw blades, my issue not Jaynes fault, cutting out steel blanking die and cutting various forms from copper. 

This was my first little die cut from tool steel and then used to press out the copper shape. 
Here's the piece of cut copper folded to looked like a rosebud. 

For my second die I decided to go all out and try the hardest thing I could think of cutting out. I know you may not recognize this but it's a paisley outline. This took me the better part of four or five hours and many broken saw blades but I learned a lot and that's what class is about. Before this class I didn't have a great deal of sawing experience,  let me tell ya, steel is a very unforgiving material. 

This would be the saw blade grave yard and I'm sure the number would have been doubled if it weren't for my favorite Green Lyon Saw frame. 

The next piece I cut was a box die I designed to see if the same shape could be flipped and used for the bottom so two halves out of the same die. 

This is the progression of folding and rolling the hinges, it needs some refining but I'm very pleased with my first try at a hinged box. 

We also cut out silhouette dies from some thick plexiglass, no blades broken because this is a huge blade. 

When you put the die with copper and urethane into the press it into the cut plexiglass it puffs up the copper, this can also be cut with the die we cut out of steel as shown on the top right. 

We then took the plexiglass silhouette die and put some wire shapes into it to create a pattern in our copper. This will be cut with the blanking die I just didn't get to it yet. I have some perfecting to do before this is done but it still shows the idea well and the possibilities are endless. 

We also learned how to carve a design into plexiglass and push copper into it so the pattern is transferred into the copper.  I forgot to get a photo of it so here's me wearing my scarf because I forgot my mask carving the plexiglass.

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Recycled Ruffle Bracelets

IThese Recycled Ruffle Bracelets are made out of antique plated platters. $50.00 with free shipping. 

This ones for a very tiny wrist. 

This one fits me it's a small. 

It's extremely hard to photograph your own wrist but here it is. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Canister clips

I've been doing some traveling and having my headphone where I can find them and not in  finding them in a tangled mess has been a challenge. I realized they fit perfectly in these old film canisters and you know me I couldn't just use it naked so I funked them a up a bit and put a clip on the lid. Now I can attach them to my jeans or purse and always have my headphones or lunch money on hand.  I made extras incase you need one too, Canister Clip $20.00

First bracelets off the Potter Press

New bracelets recycled copper and upcycled silver tea tray. $50.00

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

My New Potter Press

I've been in love with the hydraulic press at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts since I first touched it but driving over to Kalamazoo during open studio time was flustrating so I decided I would save my penny's for my very own Potter USA Hydraulic Press. I decided on this press because I had pancake dies from them and loved their customer service. Everything from the Potter shop is made right there in Tucson and you are supporting an amazing bunch of hard workers. I also wouldn't have to pay shipping since I would already be in Tucson in February. 

Here's the beauty, this one is the medium press, it can do everything the larger press can do with a smaller footprint. I have shown it here with one of the magnetic bracelet bender atachments. 

These are a few of the pancake dies I've got to use with it. If your interested in what more the press will do head over to YouTube and do a search, you may want to lock up your credit card first!

Casting with Melissa Muir

I had an amazing time in Tucson as you saw in the earlier post, I also took a casting class with Melissa Muir. It was a great class and I now have everything at home to make more castings. Here are some highlighted from the class. 

Making the mold
Heating the casting grains. 
Pooring the molten metal. 
The casting mold once the piece has been pulled out. 
My finished kitty ears ring, it needs a bit more polishing. 
More to come. 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Yeah Tucson!

I have to say I truly love Tucson and all its amazing people who are there in February for the shows. I go to Tucson with Diane Hawkey and her booth is next to an amazing artist named Mak. I got the nailed hearts from her a few years a go and this year she had some very funny cows. As soon as I saw them I knew they needed to be hung from a barbed wire chain but how do you make barbed wire that you can wear without scaring yourself and those you hug was the question and after a few days of thinking on it I came up with a solution. I hope you like it. The barbs are made of leather cord. 
The Mad Cow!

We also made s-mores with our friends across the isle, this is Q not how you spell her name but how you say it, she is from the Urban Beader booth, they sell many wonderful tools and stamps.