week 12 West Dean story necklace

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The necklace is a story necklace, the design developed from my research into the gipsy traveller pearl fishers.

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The chain is made from rods of dried rowan berries.

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Pieces can be added to the chain, like this pearl button.

I will work some more on it next week. I have an intensive college project this week.

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week 11 casting and 3d printing

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This acorn is cuttlefish cast from a wee acorn.Image

This is the cuttlefish the acorn and a wee key were cast in. The key was made from a watch key imprint with some adaptation to look like a lock key.

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Dougie, who works for Imprints at the college, helped me take a 123d scan of my mussel shell half; he then made it into a mesh for 3d printing and printed it. My contribution is the etched piece it sits on.

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This is it printing. I may be getting it in ceramic too, so that I can try different materials with the sound transducer.

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This is the inside, showing a rather nice build up of layers, a bit like how a real mussel does it, but quicker.

week 10 sugar lift etching

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Tanith introduced me to sugar lift etching. The saturated sugar solution is this lovely maroon colour, it takes ages to dry.

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Then you put on a hard ground; and when it dries put the piece in boiling water to dissolve the sugar and lift some of the ground. Then you put it in the nitric acid to etch:-

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and this is what you end up with:-Image

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week 8

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I decided to re etch the mokume gane disc as I was unhappy with the finish. This time I etched it deeper and revealed more of the silver solder which I then patinated. It has a better texture and is a jolly bright blue.

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I took the pressed mussel shell shape and started repousse with it:-

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I liked the pitch bowl that you fix it in as well:-

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The large berry vessel is drying well and no longer has flies:-Image

The small vessel selection are on display for the college open day.

This week we tried cuttle fish casting, which smells terrible, but is good fun. I did some keys and an acorn