My good friend, Deryn Mentock has a jewelry challenge going on for the summer over at her blog. I finally found some time to do one of the challenge pieces so I thought I'd share it with you. Deryn's challenge is to go through Mary Hettmansperger's new book, Wrap, Stitch, Fold & Rivet. Making Designer Metal Jewelry, one project at a time and practice the techniques using your own style.
For some reason, I started out with project #4. Well, actually, I started with project #1 but somehow I ended up finishing project #4 first -- and skipping projects #2 through #3. Go figure... Well, it doesn't really matter because Deryn is ready to do project #6 so I have some catching up to do anyway.
Techniques for Project 4
Cutting, forging and texturing sheet metal
Applying heat treated patinas
Using liver of sulphur patina
Cutting openings in metal
Drawing a bead on wire
"Layers Necklaces" by Mary Hettmansperger
Though I know most of the techniques in Mary's projects for this book, I haven't used them very much. One that I especially wanted to try in this piece was drawing a bead on a wire. I haven't done that since I first learned it at Susan Lenart Kazmer's retreat last summer. Since then, I've set up my torch table and have only turned on and off the torch so far. (Yes, I'm a wimp when it comes to the torch.) I did use it to draw the bead at the end of this wire I used for wrapping (click on the image to see the bead better):
Drawn red bead on copper wire.
I pretty much used the instructions in the book for this project except that I wrapped the first layer of metal with metal mesh which I had treated with liver of sulphur and heat. The piece I used to slip under the rounded tab before wrapping it, I cut from metal I treated in Susan's class using a Borax solution and heat. It makes a beautiful red patina.
Faithful, Layers Necklace (details)
In the picture on the right above, you can see the eyelet I set to attach the bead dangle. Also apparent in this picture, is the forged edge of the copper metal that resulted in a deckle effect. I textured the bottom piece of copper by hammering letter punches to imprint the word "FAITHFUL," the title of my necklace.
This piece was lots of fun. I'm looking forward to the other challenges but don't promise to have them done by the end of summer. I'm almost through with project #1 and will post it soon.
I invite you to join in the fun. Check out the challengeover on Deryn's blog where she gives enough info from Mary's book that you can do the projects without having to buy the book. For me, though, I really wanted the book for my own reference. You won't go wrong getting your own copy.
It's Finally Here! A Charming Exchange is finally here!
Here is what was waiting for me when I got home from nursing Mom through her cataract surgery. Oh,I'm so excited. This book is soo-o--o exciting! [So, I'm taking a little break from my summer Camp Turlington reviews to bring you this special book review!]
Kelly Snelling and Ruth Rae worked passionately (and long -- they started talking to contributors before January 2007 and the work had to be in their hands by May 5, 2007!) getting this fabulous jewelry gallery and special how-to book, A Charming Exchange, ready for publication. They invited some really wonderful artists, not necessarily jewelry makers, to collaborate with them making found object elements for the jewelry pieces for this book. There are 25 how-to projects and many more pieces of jewelry for your visual pleasure. Most of these are collaborative pieces where one artist starts the bracelet, necklace, or earrings and then the piece is passed to other artists to add to or to finish. Here are some pages from the book with a few of the grand collaborative pieces.
As you can tell, this is a unique, creative collection of collaborative jewelry. Created by various combinations of the the contributing artists, these pieces incorporate found objects, metal, wire, beads, fabric, fiber, and all manner of other amazing things. The book is not only one of a kind, but also has gorgeous pictures and fantastic step-by-step instructions for most of the projects.
I was extremely fortunate to be in the right place at the right time to be invited to participate in this collaborative endeavor. A few of my contributions were selected to be published. I'll give you a peek here.
Talisman Necklace Swap
A Charming Exchange, p. 40.
This is my Healing Mandala for the Talisman Necklace swap.
In the photo album titled Healing Mandalain the left side bar of this blog, are a few more picture and my description including a list of the herbs used and their medicinal qualities. Check it out.
My dear friend, Deryn, also had published several pieces of her specialty art jewelry elements in collaborative pieces as well as her one-of-a-kind solo pieces. One of those is her incredible talisman necklace:
The Shepherd's Amulet, a talisman necklace by Deryn Mentock, p. 30.
I noticed that Deryn has also posted about Kelly and Ruth's book and has offered some closer looks at her pieces. So be sure to check out her blog, Something Sublime.
Meanwhile, I'd like to show you how we went about our collaborative earrings.
A Charming Exchange, p. 67.
To make the collaborative earrings, one artist started the earrings and sent them along to the next artist who added an element to them and passed them along to the third artist for finishing. We thought this was one of the most unique assignements we had. It was hard to stop when you were the "starter"and definitely challenging when you were the "finisher." These resulted in some of the most exciting pieces of jewelry in the collaborative. Below, the picture on the left is the way the first artist started the earrings, the middle picture shows what the second artist added. Finally, the picture on the right shows how the third artist finished the earrings:
For the asymmetrical earring swap, we were paired with another artist. Each of us make ONE earring and sent it to the other artist. We we received the other artist's earring, we were to fashion a mate to it - not identical, of course, but "rhyming" with it and send the pair back to the originator. This was another clever, challenging assignment and resulted in lots of thrilling pairs of earrings.
A Charming Exchange, p. 71.
1. Marci Glenn sent this. 2. I made a mate. 3. This is the pair!
A Charming Exchange, p. 73.
1. I made this earring. 2. Ruth created a mate for it & this is the pair! (Ruth's photo.)
Kelly Snelling and Ruth Rae have to be the most energetic, creative, talented found object art jewelers in creation! They dreamed up all this madness and made sure each and every piece was unique and special. I promise you, this will be your new most favorite jewelry book EVER!! Don't rest until you get your very own copy.
You might guess that this day started out with requests: Can we go to the studio? Can we work on our necklaces? Yes, the girls were totally excited to get going on their bottlecap necklaces. (These were actually the supplies and caps I made while demonstrating for the girls.) More about their work later.
After showers, breakfast, and time in the studio, we took off to a tour of the Prison Museum here in Huntsville. That tour didn't take long -- they were only interested in the exhibits of crafts the innmates did. I didn't get any pictures inside - not of ole sparky (the electric chair - we didn't want to draw attention to it if the girls didn't pick it out themselves) nor pictures of the actual life-size cell (they were interested in that but so was the picture taker! LOL).
So, on to the next thing. LOL. And the next thing just happened to be . . .
LUNCH at KING'S CANDY (A Tradition at Camp)
And of course - buying candy!
The afternoon's entertainment was to be a show for children sponsored by the Huntsville Public Library and performed at the local town theater. Now the show didn't begin until 4:30 P.M. but we got there about an hour early in order to get good seats. Sure enough, when we got there, folks were streaming in. The house had just opened. The girls got great seats in the center stage area set up especially for the children. So we sat and waited . . . and waited . . . and talked . . . and played games . . . and waited!!
. . . then finally --
A MAGIC SHOW!!
Woohoo, now that was fun - - for the kids!!
The final activity for this day was another theater show. This time it was the annual performance by - and for - children and co-sponsored by Sam Houston State University Theater Department and the Huntsville Council for the Arts. This year's play was The Ice Wolf and it was performed at the university theater. I only got a shot of the girls right before the show started as, of course, no cameras were allowed during the performance.
Pooped from another long, fun day .. we all went to bed in preparation for our huge day tomorrow!!
P.S. I will be away from the computer this week (July 14 - 19) as I am with my Mom for her cataract surgery. See ya soon. Sally
This day started, as usual, in the studio. The girls were quite intense about their jewelry - and learning some jewelry-making skills, I might add. Before long, though, they remembered that this was the big day for:
Yessireee! Incredible Pizza!!!
After a pizza and spaghetti lunch in the drive-in theater in Incredible Pizza, the girls headed for the midway. There were --
GO KART RACES (No place to get good pictures at the races!) Yea, Mairead wins! One race was enough for the girls.
Who won? Who knows? Who Cares? Don't you wish we could have all stayed at the point in life where the "doing" was the important part?
CARLY DANCES AS MAIREAD GOLFS AGAIN
JUST PLAY FOR TICKETS
AND THEN ----- The JACKPOTS!!!
NOW WE CAN CASH IN AND GO HOME!
After our big day at Incredible Pizza, we stopped off at the Movies in Conroe and saw Kung Fu Panda. Then we hightailed it on up the freeway to get to the ART STUDIO!!!
Check out my next post for the girls' doin's in the studio.
We finished up this day by watching the movies we checked out at Hastings. (Yeah, right!)
First the girls worked out at the gym -- NOT!!! Just went by to let Papa T help transport a friend, senior handicapped man, home -- THEN we'd really start our Camp Turlington Day 2. (Fruit?)
Now, that's more like it! (Notice Papa T knows his role here, too!) A good time was had by all. You can't beat a pastry breakfast with chocolate milk! Hey, it gives me an excuse to have a sugar-full breakfast! (Fruit??)
Oh, you want to know about the fruit? Well, on the day we picked up the girls, Carly said, "Heads up, Mimi. We'll be getting lots of fruit when we go to the grocery store." Mairead agreed and then they both expressed disgust with the selections the boys had in their grocery basket. LOL.
So, here is the scoop on the girls' grocery shopping trip. (You can see the still pictures by clicking on any slide.)
After we got our groceries home and put up, we took off for our next excursion. We went to Bryan to have lunch at Margie's Bar and Grill. Now, the boys loved this place. It has been there since the 1800s! As we parked and got out, we noticed this highly decorated Cadillac hearse. I think the girls began to wonder what kind of place this could be.
It wasn't much better inside for the girls as there was a bit of smoking going on in the back and the only place for us to sit was at the bar where the pungent smell of grease on the grill was right in our face! But when our food came, we had moved to a table and we all thought our lunch was delicious. By the time we left, the girls could appreciate an old fashioned greasy cafe -- now, that's rural Texas, my friends! On the way out, they practiced talking into the fan. (Remember what fun that was as a kid?)
The reason we went to Bryan was to go to the George H.W. Bush Library and Museum in College Station on the Texas A&M University campus.
Since the boys also went to the Bush Library, you've seen lots of pictures of it. Here is a little film of it the way the girls saw it:
(If you'd like to see a larger version of the pictures in color, just click on any picture in the slide show.)
Next, we went further into the TAMU campus to the site of the Aggie Bonfire Memorial.
Although we took the boys to this memorial, too, I failed to get pictures of it then. Here is a little rundown of the significant aspects of the memorial:
(Click on any picture to see a larger image.)
The Aggie Bonfire burned every year from 1906 until 1998. In 1999, 12 students were killed and another 27 injured in a collapse while building the traditional stack of logs for the bonfire. At the entrance to the memorial, stands a wall separating its peace and serinity from the outside world. The wall is engraved with The Last Corps Trip, the poem recited before the lighting of each year's bonfire.
Stretching from the entrance out to the memorial circle, is a "History Walk" with 89 granite blocks, representing the 89 years that bonfires burned. A notch cut in each block stands for the bonfire burned in November of that year.
The notches in the blocks representing 1955, 1982, and 1996 have bronze plaques in memory of the students killed in bonfire-related accidents in those years.
A black slab, rather than a block, marks the year 1963 when the bonfire stack was disassembled, log-by-log, after President Kennedy's assassination.
The main section of the memorial is a in the shape of a circle, the "Spirit Ring." Twenty-seven granite blocks (standing for the Aggies injured in 1999) and 12 portals (for the Aggies killed in 1999) form the "Spirit Ring," whose 170-foot diameter recreates the fence built each year around the bonfire stack.
At the center of the ring is a marker 18 inches in diameter representing the size and exact site of the centerpole of the 1999 bonfire stack. The marker is engraved with the date and time of the collapse: 11-18-1999 2:42 a.m. You can barely see the marker to the left of the portal in which the girls stand in the picture to the right here.
Each of the 12 portals is situated on the circle on a point at which a line extending from the centerpoint of the Spirit Ring to the home town of the Aggie represented would intersect the circle. (This is why the portals are spaced irregularly around the circle.) In other words, standing on the centerpoint plaque, you could look through a portal and be looking toward that Aggie's hometown. The inner bronze portal in each of the 12 granite portals is engraved with a portrait of the Aggie, his or her signature, and written reflections from a friend or family member,etc.
The whole memorial is quite moving and impressive. I believe the girls got a sense of its significance.
This had turned out to be quite a long, fun, tiring day. When we got home, the girls rested a while in their room (their choice, of course - really -- this is Camp Turlington -- there are no "must do"s.)
Then after a little supper - when Mairead found out she liked chili on her hotdog -- the girls and I retired to the studio.
After Carly realized she could hammer after all, each of the girls made great progress on a bottlecap necklace. Eventually, we had "lights out" to get some much needed rest for the great day ahead.
More on the next day's activities and the girls' art jewelry. Stay tuned, folks.