Wednesday, April 18, 2012

We have to go deeper.

Just a quick doodle that I pulled out tonight. I'm making plans for a 16x20 print, and wanted to test out the focal point.

I was once told when I was young, by one of my teachers, that being a good artist meant that you knew when to stop.

Well... With this art I just don't have to.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My family keeps planting seeds

It's been a sleepless week.

I've been working away at a present for my little brother. I decided on a signet style ring, set with a sunstone that I picked up in Tucson, Arizona.

Here's a photo of the beginnings of the project. The square block is hand-tooled until all the sides are 90 degrees to each other. This makes it easier for me to plot the ring out and be completely accurate.

 Then I gradually take pieces of wax off until the ring looks... ring-like.

Once it looks ringlike, I carved out a space for the sunstone. I rounded out all of the corners, and made it ring-like.

I was lucky enough to spend the Easter weekend with my family, and spent Good Friday in my Dad's studio. This ring took me most of the day to make, but it looks pretty good.

It's hard to go home sometimes. It makes me think too much! It's so amazing to go home and be able to talk with my family about my design ideas, technical difficulties, and design issues. They're so helpful, and are able to talk me through any issues that I'm having. They suggest really creative ideas, help me to think outside the box, and plant seeds in my brain.

I'm currently playing with these:

My mom taught me how to make these when I was a little girl. She used to draw them to keep her occupied during church. I use it to zone out.

I'm also going to be using them to etch onto metal for jewellery. I could make these etched pieces to make earrings, bracelets, and pendants. I'm hoping mom can use them in her Fibre arts as well.

I'm working on a lovely bracelet as well, but I think that's enough pictures for one post. Very busy.