This is one of my favourite 100 days pieces so far. It’s a neckpiece using a piece of brass from the beach, drilled and threaded on a glass and silver bead necklace. The glass beads are from Togo and were waist beads that my daughter brought back. The colours are just right for the patina on the beach find.
I did a wonderful workshop at Peter Bauhuis’s workshop. A different casting technique (lost wax), an opportunity to work with different alloys and forms and a generous and expert teacher. This finger ring is in 800 silver and emerges from casting with this great surface patina and texture.
These little bowls are shibuishi, copper and argentium; in a style influenced by Peter’s work. This is the first time that I have cast argentium. I also now know the secret of successful copper casting.
This photo is of Peter sprueing up some wax pieces, below is his bench peg.
This copper ring, made from a twist of wax wire dipped, came out of the casting process with this lovely patina and texture. It already has a new owner.
Some lovely pieces were made by the people at my workshop yesterday, a super eye for design.
I’ve since made a couple more pairs like these earrings as I think the colour and design is good (shame about the photo)
Some of the participants busy making.
Pittenweem Arts Festival continues until Sunday, pop by and see me at Venue 53 if you are in the area.
The second ‘hole in the ground’ smelt produced copper in pellets, it was probably just a smidge too cool, but pellets will be super handy for casting.
We did a third smelt, but I don’t have photos as yet. It produced more consolidated copper at about the same ratio of ore to metal.
This malachite arrived from Denmark this week. Thanks to Anders of the Experimental Historical Bronze Casting Group – see the internet does still have some good things. My intention is to try and smelt copper from it and I’m heading to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop to discuss options. It also occurs near to St Andrews, but I’ve yet to get any from this source. Malachite has been used to give copper for thousands of years.
I started making up some sand moulds today. They are not very photogenic so this is a photo of the spot where I collect sand to use. I like this spot as the sand is quite coarse and is under the sea twice a day as the tide comes in.
I made 10 earrings yesterday as a set, using pieces found on the beach and other oddments/treasures from my collection.