Monday, January 30, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I've been plowing through this little studio of mine attempting to clean, organize, and de-stash. Of course, I'm tackling the clutter between filling some orders and making inventory for this year's shows. So, when the work is in the pickle, I'm poking through bins and boxes.
I just found this in the "nature box" along with halved spiky peach pits (saving these to set in a necklace... someday), sponges, stones, fur, and the odd bone or two. As I recall, my father found a few of these floating in the Hudson River. He brought these home and presented them to his girls some 30 years ago. I can't believe that I have hung onto this for that long. Wow.
So, what is it? I have no bleeping idea. A seed pod would be my first guess. But from what tree? My second guess would be a shrunken alien head. If you know what this is, please enlighten this puzzled gal.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I just got this nifty graphite ingot mold. Each compartment will hold 5 ounces (or was it 10?) of silver. So after a few trial runs and many more needed, I produced one somewhat useable ingot. I think I need more practice. And oxygen for my torch.
Here's what I learned:
2. Make darn sure that there are not any foreign objects in your scrap before you melt. When I say foreign, I mostly mean steel or iron. Check out the image above. I circled what appears to be a chain popping out of the surface. I actually saw the chain floating around in the molten silver and honestly tried to fish it out with a pick. I'll have to melt this down and try again.
3. Be set up (that is, have enough scrap on hand) to pour more than once. Nothing gets a mold nice and hot than a fresh pour. Use this to your advantage.
4. Weigh out your metal as to have enough to pour a decent sized ingot. I did not do this. The image above shows a so-so pour. If I had more metal rolling around in the crucible, the ingot would have filled nicely to the sides of the mold.
5. Lastly, make sure that your studio is properly exhausted or get a big fan going and open a window. And be warned, your smoke detector will go off. And warn your family that the detector just may go off. Warn them especially if they are all in bed because it's an ugly scene otherwise.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Hey there. It's been a while, hasn't it?
I'm pledging to blog more this year ( and lose weight, relax more, do less shows, etc). Last year was stressful and chaotic. Way too much going on. So, blogging got axed.
Stay tuned for lots of work in progress reports, new pieces revealings, and studio shenanigans.