I have been wanting to learn about making rings and stone setting for a long time but other techniques always kept grabbing my attention first. But finally I had the pleasure of taking a three week ring making workshop for school. And it was amazing! And exhausting! For ten hours a day Monday through Thursday… Continue reading Rings Rings Rings!
It has been a very exciting, productive, fun, and exhausting last three weeks! I knew there would be a lot of work with cramming a four month semester college class into three weeks but I had no idea I would end up with so much to take home! I learned seven different ways to bind… Continue reading Summer Book Making Class
Alright, you may be wondering what happened to the tea set. There is one hard truth about making art: Not every project works out. Sometimes a project breaks. Sometimes you realize you were off track from the beginning and it isn't going to turn into one of those happy mistakes. Sometimes forces conspire to sap… Continue reading How to Say Goodbye to a Project and Start Something Fantastic
Sometimes the lifespan of a project goes like this. I'm somewhere between three and twelve weeks now. Nothing quite looks like anything at this point. Which is how projects always seem to start. Mostly there has been an awful lot of hammering. It's amazing that not long ago the two domes above were once flat circles… Continue reading A Short Comic and an Update on the New Tea Set
Do you ever get those ideas that grow and grow in your mind and on paper until sketching them out is not enough? And then you have no choice but to make those ideas exist in the real world, no matter how hard or time consuming? I had my idea for my spring jewelry and… Continue reading My Big Metals Project for Spring Semester
We have been doing a bunch of these in my graphic novel workshop class at college taught by Theresa Williams. I've been having fun with them. It's nice to be freed from a longer story and just do something quick. It reminds me of when I was a little kid drawing comic strips based on… Continue reading Plant Necromancy and My Graphic Novel Class
The semester is winding down its last week and like most college students at the end of semester when projects are due, I've been busy! Today I finished not one, but two projects. One, the Honey Bee Box from the beginning of semester, shined up beautifully! There are fifteen individual layers in the lid. And… Continue reading The End of the Semester and Two Shiny Boxes
The project: Make a brooch to commemorate an event in my life. Make the back as interesting as the front. I made three. Because sometimes I'm an over-achiever when it comes to my art classes. And because with more than one I could tell more of the story. The story, as far as I remember… Continue reading Three Brooches and an Unforgettable Adventure
Whew! It has been an exciting beginning of the semester! My box is still in the process of being finished and already I'm moving on to the next project. And in just a couple weeks I'll be starting project three! It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm and energy necessary for such a fast paced… Continue reading How to Juggle Multiple Projects Without Going Crazy
Fall semester is in its second week and I have my first project: The Integral Hinge. Suffice to say, this project is a little outside of my norm and just a few centimeters outside my comfort zone. It's highly technical, requiring precise (perfect, meticulous, exact) use of both tools and materials. One swipe too many… Continue reading Art Student vs. The Integral Hinge! And Fight!