‘Earring Slam Jam’ 2015

Getting ready for the annual Earring Slam Jam at 18 Hands Gallery. This is a very fun event. Every year, at the end of January, several jewelry artists are invited to participate in a day long fun sale. Earring styles range from the exquisite to the outrageous and everything in between.

This year’s event will be on Saturday, January 24th from 11-5. It is held at 18 Hands Gallery in the Heights (www.18handsgallery.com). Below are a few of my contributions this year. Come by and say Hi.

Enameling

Been having so much fun with my metal patinas I thought adding some enamel bits to the metal designs would be nice. So practicing I have been.

From Metal
From Metal

Combining the two different techiques is great but also felt the need to have some stand-alone enameled items. The pieces that are not directly attached to another piece of metal need to be enameled on the back as well as the front. That adds another bit of ‘fun’ to the learning process.

From Metal
From Metal

Now need to continue practicing and begin to try working on larger pieces.  To do this, I’ll need to fire up the kiln. All the pieces done so far have been with a torch. I love to watch the glass go through the different stages before it finally starts to flow. Not sure I’ll be able to do that with the kiln. We’ll see.

But first, I need to read the next chapter of my go to book on enameling; The Art of Enameling by Linda Darty. There are a number of books available on the subject but this one has kept me going. Stay tuned for the next enamel installment.

Metal & Fire – Oh My!

From Metal

Ever since I took the workshop with Mary Hettmansperger, I have not been able to put down my torch. What gorgeous things can happen to copper when the fire starts dancing over it. To complement the colored metal I have been working on my enameling. Still got some work to do on my technique but starting to get it to look as it should. Have included a couple of pictures of progress so far.

From Metal
From Metal