Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Octopus Belt buckle update

This is a shot of the nearly finished Octopus Belt Buckle. It's close to what i wanted, but my skills aren't there yet... I enjoy Chasing and Repoussé and i will keep practicing on new pieces. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

and the latest thing i'm working on is trying to learn Chasing & Repoussé. I love this stuff...
it's done by drawing or lining out your design on one side of a flat piece of metal, then beating and shaping the metal in a substance called pitch until it looks 3 dimensional..
hey, so i've been taking a metals class (That's what this blog is about) and i thought i should show what i've been working on. As is typical, i have better ideas than my very weak skill-set can back up, but i am going to keep practicing until i'm happy with what I'm 'hammering out'. :)
Ms. Melissa Manley (her site) is a fantastic teacher, but i'm hard headed and ham-fisted, so it's an interesting learning experience... Here's what i've been working on, sort of in order, from beginning of class until this weekend...

Leaf shaped fold formed 'earrings'

Fold formed artpiece, some rings and a sakura etched piece

i actually like these, i thought of a fold formed earring to look almost like a drapery...

Saturday, April 2, 2011

hmmm my first post... i guess this better be good. Maybe i should have someone else write it!
I started this blog to show some of my work. I do artwork and illustration and have just gotten hooked on metals.. hence the name of this blog. I'll start putting pics and posts up soon.
Oh, last night i went to the opening of the 2011 CFCC Student art show. Of course it was amazing, with terrific pieces of art covering the walls -in numerous categories. The show was put together by several hard working folks from CFCC (i won't say who, because if i forget anyone i don't want my butt kicked) and it looked GREAT! Not only was the work presented well in a very nice gallery (Projekte on 3rd street), but there were awards ranging from certificates to hand made medals for the winners! Awesome!
The show was very well attended, packed in fact, and everyone enjoyed the chance to hang out with and talk to the artists. There was even live music in the background. yeah... i had a great time.
ok that was my first blog post ever...lets see what happens next. Thanks for playin'!