Friday, 17 April 2015

We're All Ears Inspiration - April 2015,_Ciudad_de_las_Artes_y_las_Ciencias,_Valencia,_Espa%C3%B1a,_2014-06-29,_DD_71.JPG#/media/File:El_Hemisf%C3%A9rico,_Ciudad_de_las_Artes_y_las_Ciencias,_Valencia,_Espa%C3%B1a,_2014-06-29,_DD_71.JPG
"El Hemisférico, Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Valencia, España, 2014-06-29, DD 71" by Diego Delso.
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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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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Antique Ring and WW1 Spectacles

Well, I started this year with such high hopes and ambitions to extend my vintage shop and reopen my jewellery shop on Etsy.  However 2015 has not been kind to my friends and family and I have felt the need to retreat for a while.  I am grateful to the many people who have included a selection of my items in their lovely treasuries on Etsy these past few weeks and I hope to get back on the hunt very soon.  

WW1 Spectacles - HMS Black Prince

I had wanted to tell you about these wonderful old spectacles I found.  They came labelled with the owners home address and the naval ship he was serving on.  I googled the ship (HMS Black Prince) and discovered a detailed account of it's demise under enemy fire during the Battle of Jutland in 1916. There were no survivors but when I checked the fatality list, this particular name did not appear. Sadly I never got the chance to do further research as they went off to a new home in London.  I do love these kind of finds with fascinating glimpses into previous lives.  I hope the new owner has bought them to uncover their full history and I really hope that the original owner survived the war.

Victorian Ring - George Loveridge

This Victorian ring is currently drawing a lot of views to my shop and it has been featured in a new blog by Karus Chains, an online dealer specialising in jewellery just for men.   Their blog aims to spotlight interesting men's jewellery finds on Etsy and other online market places and you can read their article here.  The ring itself dates back to 1897 and bears the makers mark for George Loveridge & Co.  If you want to view more details of the ring just click here to reach my Etsy shop. The ring was brought to me by my brother who used to own an antique shop in a previous chapter of his life...thank you B!!