Friday, September 26, 2014

Wildflowers are still blooming!



So many wildflowers are still blooming.  It's because we've had so much rain I think.  Just had to share them with you.









Friday, September 19, 2014

Completed Sea Story


Last week I shared my unfinished Sea Story with you.  This week shows the finished piece.  You will see some of the photo tips I learned from the photography class used on the pictures here!  (light in front so the details show, etc)

When silver is fired in the kiln, it looks white because the molecules are standing up.  When it is brushed the molecules lay down and it looks silver.  I brushed the  'Sea Story' with a wire brush along with 3M wheels to make everything silver.  Then I waited for my Jool Tool to arrive!

When it arrived I ripped open the package, put it together and then watched the DVD!  This tool is going to be so much fun!



Things I realized about the Jool Tool after it arrived:   http://www.jooltool.com/
.A vacuum system is needed!  Of course I set it on the counter to try it out without any vacuum system.  Couldn't wait! and did not realize how having one would be necessary for good health and housekeeping!

.I screwed my Jool Tool to a piece of wood and can now clamp it to a work space anywhere.

.The only way to really figure out how each pad works is to try them....ON PIECES THAT CAN BE RUINED! Don't make your first try on your best piece  of work!  It takes some practice!

Yes I did practice, then polished the pendant and dropped it in liver of sulfur for patina.  When I removed it, blues and greens appeared and made me think of water.  Then I polished to highlight parts creating a sense of depth within the layers.

After using the Jool Tool to create the highlights and smooth around the bezel, I noticed the bezel is a little uneven and jagged,  I think it looks like a sea animal caught the turquoise bead under water!

Back of Pendant - love the blues and greens!

A vintage chain swam out of my chain collection and it is perfect with the Sea Story.   Sigh!






Friday, September 12, 2014

Enjoying Metal Clay by the Bay in San Diego CA


Front of unfinished 'Sea Story' Herbarium Pendant
My second year at the Metal Clay by the Bay Conference was just as exciting and fun filled as the first. Conferences are great places to make friends, meet facebook friends and learn new techniques.  Vendors brought all kinds of tools to see and for us to handle – much better than looking at a picture.

Last year I met Helen and as sometimes happens we became good friends.  We made plans to meet this year and take the same classes.  Helen makes beautiful glass pieces and also works with metal clay.  Check out her etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/hbjewelrydesign

The conference was held at the Hilton at Mission Bay and the setting could not have been lovelier.  The hotel sits on the bay and has beautiful beaches, swimming pool and grassy areas.   Sometimes it was hard to go to class!  The food was so well prepared and presented with an exotic flair. Yes, I felt like I was on vacation!  http://www.sandiegohilton.com/  There was even a luau one evening.


Friday was Steve Rossman’s photography class and I learned so many ways to improve my photography skills including tricks to using my iphone camera.  That day was well worth my time and attention.  http://steverossman.com/  The pictures below show improvement with my Nikon camera as well!
-Bee at Rest - after Jool Tool polishing
photo after Steve Rossman's class
original photo of Bee on Hive - before polishing on Jool Tool
Sunday and Monday I took Ana Mazon’s class ‘Herbarium Pendant’ and continued to be amazed at the way she makes tiny flowers, leaves and even blueberries! Ana is from Poland and speaks beautiful English.  She is an excellent teacher! Lots of new techniques and tips in that class.  http://drakonaria.com/_old/ My pendant is almost finished so I’ll share it at this stage and again when it is really done. 
 
Front of unfinished 'Sea Story' Herbarium Pendant
 
Back of unfinished 'Sea Story' pendant
The keynote speaker, Lisa Pavelka (http://store.lisapavelka.com/) was my first polymer clay teacher several years ago.  She shared her success story with us and was quite an inspiration.  It is heartwarming when so many artists share their experiences and knowledge.


One of the highlights of the event was getting to use some of the new tools.  Jool Tools (http://jooltool.com/) had a popular exhibit and I was able to polish two pendants.  I hope you can see the difference in these photos.  This tool buffed, smoothed and polished quickly producing a very fine finish.  Yes, I was hooked and had to have one!
original photo of 'Flame' after I finished it and before Jool Tool polishing
'Flame' pendant after Jool Tool polishing
This was such a rich experience and conference for me that I am sad to hear it will not be offered again.  Hats off to the San Diego group spear-headed by Louise Shadonix (http://www.sha-sha.us/)   for the planning and executing of a great conference.  You guys did a terrific job!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Wildflowers are still blooming!



So many wildflowers are still blooming.  It's because we've had so much rain I think.  Just had to share them with you.









Friday, September 19, 2014

Completed Sea Story


Last week I shared my unfinished Sea Story with you.  This week shows the finished piece.  You will see some of the photo tips I learned from the photography class used on the pictures here!  (light in front so the details show, etc)

When silver is fired in the kiln, it looks white because the molecules are standing up.  When it is brushed the molecules lay down and it looks silver.  I brushed the  'Sea Story' with a wire brush along with 3M wheels to make everything silver.  Then I waited for my Jool Tool to arrive!

When it arrived I ripped open the package, put it together and then watched the DVD!  This tool is going to be so much fun!



Things I realized about the Jool Tool after it arrived:   http://www.jooltool.com/
.A vacuum system is needed!  Of course I set it on the counter to try it out without any vacuum system.  Couldn't wait! and did not realize how having one would be necessary for good health and housekeeping!

.I screwed my Jool Tool to a piece of wood and can now clamp it to a work space anywhere.

.The only way to really figure out how each pad works is to try them....ON PIECES THAT CAN BE RUINED! Don't make your first try on your best piece  of work!  It takes some practice!

Yes I did practice, then polished the pendant and dropped it in liver of sulfur for patina.  When I removed it, blues and greens appeared and made me think of water.  Then I polished to highlight parts creating a sense of depth within the layers.

After using the Jool Tool to create the highlights and smooth around the bezel, I noticed the bezel is a little uneven and jagged,  I think it looks like a sea animal caught the turquoise bead under water!

Back of Pendant - love the blues and greens!

A vintage chain swam out of my chain collection and it is perfect with the Sea Story.   Sigh!






Friday, September 12, 2014

Enjoying Metal Clay by the Bay in San Diego CA


Front of unfinished 'Sea Story' Herbarium Pendant
My second year at the Metal Clay by the Bay Conference was just as exciting and fun filled as the first. Conferences are great places to make friends, meet facebook friends and learn new techniques.  Vendors brought all kinds of tools to see and for us to handle – much better than looking at a picture.

Last year I met Helen and as sometimes happens we became good friends.  We made plans to meet this year and take the same classes.  Helen makes beautiful glass pieces and also works with metal clay.  Check out her etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/hbjewelrydesign

The conference was held at the Hilton at Mission Bay and the setting could not have been lovelier.  The hotel sits on the bay and has beautiful beaches, swimming pool and grassy areas.   Sometimes it was hard to go to class!  The food was so well prepared and presented with an exotic flair. Yes, I felt like I was on vacation!  http://www.sandiegohilton.com/  There was even a luau one evening.


Friday was Steve Rossman’s photography class and I learned so many ways to improve my photography skills including tricks to using my iphone camera.  That day was well worth my time and attention.  http://steverossman.com/  The pictures below show improvement with my Nikon camera as well!
-Bee at Rest - after Jool Tool polishing
photo after Steve Rossman's class
original photo of Bee on Hive - before polishing on Jool Tool
Sunday and Monday I took Ana Mazon’s class ‘Herbarium Pendant’ and continued to be amazed at the way she makes tiny flowers, leaves and even blueberries! Ana is from Poland and speaks beautiful English.  She is an excellent teacher! Lots of new techniques and tips in that class.  http://drakonaria.com/_old/ My pendant is almost finished so I’ll share it at this stage and again when it is really done. 
 
Front of unfinished 'Sea Story' Herbarium Pendant
 
Back of unfinished 'Sea Story' pendant
The keynote speaker, Lisa Pavelka (http://store.lisapavelka.com/) was my first polymer clay teacher several years ago.  She shared her success story with us and was quite an inspiration.  It is heartwarming when so many artists share their experiences and knowledge.


One of the highlights of the event was getting to use some of the new tools.  Jool Tools (http://jooltool.com/) had a popular exhibit and I was able to polish two pendants.  I hope you can see the difference in these photos.  This tool buffed, smoothed and polished quickly producing a very fine finish.  Yes, I was hooked and had to have one!
original photo of 'Flame' after I finished it and before Jool Tool polishing
'Flame' pendant after Jool Tool polishing
This was such a rich experience and conference for me that I am sad to hear it will not be offered again.  Hats off to the San Diego group spear-headed by Louise Shadonix (http://www.sha-sha.us/)   for the planning and executing of a great conference.  You guys did a terrific job!