Another ring in the works… This is a photo of my next piece in the kiln. The ring is sitting on a bed of vermiculite and some fibre blanket for support. I make plugs out of investment (powder that is mixed with water and then set – here is the brand I use) in the correct size such that the ring will be a specific size once I am done. This one is made size 8 1/2 (American sizing – to convert click here) I own a Paragon Xpress E-14A it is such a fantastic piece of equipment. I did a ton of research before choosing my kiln and this one will allow me to move on in other forms and media including glass fusing/slumping, ceramics (I do silkscreening and have a serious set of custom dishware patterns in my head), enameling as well as lampwork beads (I chose the option of a beaddoor) because I know myself… It is just a matter of time! I am reasonably well versed in all of these techniques, …
For those of you who have been following this blog, you know that I am working on a line of felt & silver jewelry. This is the prototype for a series of earrings.
As you roll the ball, you will feel it start to felt. Resist the urge to squeeze it, as the secret to getting a perfect pearl is going slow and gentle.
Some artists prefer to see their work take on a life of its own, only knowing at the end what the final product will be. I have a hard time working that way.
I am working on a line of silver and felt jewelry. I am sculpting fine silver “egg shells” which will be turned into earrings set with a “felt pearl”.
Once again I opened my doors to the public, you never really know what to expect on those days. Some days are very quiet, other days people stream in, inevitably coming all at the same time! One thing is for certain, you almost always meet someone who comes in and makes you feel great about what you do. It is a lovely feeling knowing that the things that you create, the items you put so much love into designing are appreciated by others, who often are more than willing to provide them with a loving home. That is the one of the great joys that is derived from the creative process.