Saturday, May 9, 2015

FoldForming Pieces

 
Next I have fold-forming pieces.  They make look big, but they are paper thin and extremely lightweight.  They are shaped by hammering and hammering and MORE HAMMERING until the metal has moved and flexed. These are the first few pieces, so they have not been listed on etsy yet. 
 
They will be for sale after I make more of these beautiful items.  If you are interested in purchasing, send me an email (artofswann@gmail.com) or contact me through my etsy shop and I will streamline your order. :)
 
 





 
 

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Photographs and new listings

Finally got around to photographing my new finished pieces!!  I'll be releasing them in a series of posts.

Today I'll be showing a selection of the finished Enamel pieces!  The enamel Earrings are now listed and you can click on the photograph to link to the page.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/232547391/enamel-copper-cup-dangle-earrings?ref=shop_home_active_2




https://www.etsy.com/listing/232548725/enamel-copper-cup-stud-earrings?ref=shop_home_active_1

https://www.etsy.com/listing/232548725/enamel-copper-cup-stud-earrings?ref=shop_home_active_1





Saturday, March 7, 2015

Foldforming

I just took a foldforming class with PLG. Photographs from today's workshop. I can't wait to try out finishes!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Enamel earrings and rings

Just finished my first round of enamel earrings! They are priced at $25-$35. I'm currently working on creating lightweight, adjustable rings in the same "cup" style! The pair of long silver dangles will be available in different colors once my new enamel order comes in.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Enameling additions to The Silver Swann

Been a little while since I've blogged!  I've been busy taking some classes with the Patuxent Lapidary Guild - wish I had more money and time to take everything I want to take NOW!
 
A more permanent expansion of The Silver Swann is the addition of ENAMEL!  I've quickly fallen in loooove.  For those who don't know what enamel is, it is glass that has been melted and fused to metal.  It works perfectly with my designs and gives me a great opportunity to diversify my pieces and accomplish things I couldn't do with torch or patina finishes.  PLUS enamel colors are predictable/consistent.  As of right now I'm working with opaque colors on copper, but I am ordering transparent colors for my silver pieces.
 
 
Above I am working on earring sets with different copper cups.
 
 
 
The next two are colored pendants with several colors overlaid.
 
 
In-progress pictures of creating colored chevron necklaces.
 

 
A kiln I got to use at the guild that's around 200 years old!
 
I created pieces with PMC which will be for sale once I make the chains.   They will be a limited line as I do not have resources to reasonably create pieces at this time consistently.  Hopefully in the future I will be able to expand more permanently.
 
 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Patuxent Lapidary Guild of Annapolis

I recently joined the Patuxent Lapidary Guild of Annapolis and have been very excited to learn some new techniques I've been researching for a while now.  I did an etching class with my other half, Rob, last weekend.  Learned about etching with Ferric Nitrate.  The etching itself was a little disappointing as the acid didn't wear much of the metal away.  It apparently had been previously used.  BUT I learned some very useful things I couldn't pick up from just watching a video on YouTube.  I am looking forward to when my order of Ferric Nitrate arrives next week and I can try out my new designs!!

This weekend I'm learning more about PMC, or precious metal clay, which is something I've been thinking about for years, but it's so pricey I just never tried it out.  I had no idea they also made base metal clays like Brass and Copper!!  And now I see they make a sterling silver clay too, so anxious to get started tomorrow!!!!  I will be posting some pictures of the work soon!

Happy New Year, everyone!