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.
I found another cache of nails in a rock pool. Initially I thought it was just from the New Year bonfire, but I think these could be older.
There were also pieces of folded metal – copper and I guess lead.
A beautiful winter’s day again today, so I was out beach combing. I had to break a thin layer of ice on the rock pools to retrieve these nails, but the salt water rusts/patinates them brilliantly.
A lovely wave rippled rock too.
Happy New Year.