|"El Hemisférico, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, España,
2014-06-29, DD 71" by Diego Delso. |
Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
This month, Erin brought us inspiration from a selection of modern architectural designs which were "...created as a way to honor the melding of science, technology, nature and art....". My eye was drawn to the way that each building has been constructed with an organic outer curve containing geometric shapes within, so this is what I decided to go with.
Just recently I have been reacquainting myself with metal clay so my contributions this month are made from art clay copper. The first pair are intended to be a merging of the geometric and the organic using a curved shape and a geometric pattern. On the back I have soldered little hooks as a safety catch and I used a torch to bring out the copper rainbow colours. It's a very simple design but I'll still road test them for a couple of weeks to see how those hooks fare, maybe they're not even necessary.
|Copper Clay Earrings - Front|
|Copper Clay Earrings - Safety Hook|
My second pair follow along the same theme but here I overlaid a leaf texture over part of the geometric pattern on the top pieces and the little dangles below are also leaf textured. I slightly domed the discs to reflect the curves of the buildings then gave them a bath in liver of sulphur to bring out the details.
Copper Clay Earrings Domed and Textured
I fired my pieces in a kiln with magic carbon as I had read that this was a better way to preserve the fine detail of the textures than the open shelf method given on the package instructions. I had to faff around a lot to find a firing schedule that was hot enough to sinter the copper but not so hot that the carbon would leave annoying indentations on my pieces. If you are interested in exploring this medium then if I can help I would be happy to let you know what finally worked for me or maybe I'll write a short post about it soon.
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