Pewter flow bowls

pewterflowi

I’ve been making some small pewter flow bowls, again a request from an ENOS visitor and getting ready for Pittenweem Arts Festival (venue 53; 4th-13th August)

They are cast in sand moulds, include a piece of seaweed and are poured in stages  (I’m not sure how to describe that) so that you can see how the metal flows.

Advertisements

Earring commission

silverdarlingsearrings

I’ve finished these two pairs of Silver Darlings earrings which were commissioned by a couple of visitors to ENOS, I hope they like them. I intend to make a few more for Pittenweem Arts Festival (Venue 53). They are mother of pearl, silver and moonstones; inspired by the herring lassies who followed the silver darlings (yes those are silver herrings)

New bowl design

shellbowl

cast bowl with seawater patina

shellbowliii

cast bronze with sea water patina

I’ve been trying out this bronze bowl around the house to see how it looks.

It’s a new design -slightly lighter and more open than the first bowl in this series.

It is made from recycled bronze with shell impressions, using a ceramic form that I created.

 

The spoon story

1damascusfurnace

The small spoons that I’m just finishing for the Unit Twelve Spoons exhibition have come a long way from this layered iron billet at the Bushfire Forge.

1damascusrodhot

I forged the layers of the billet together and out into a rod.

3damascustwist5

and twisted it hot.

5minispoonhothammer

I hammered the rod down and shaped the end.

6anglegrindi

I then ground the spoons to make them the shape I wanted and to start revealing the pattern. I refined the shape of the spoons, sanded and polished them.

7damspoontemp

Last week I heat treated the spoons in my enameling kiln – hardening and tempering them.

10polishedspoons

Then more grinding, sanding and polishing to remove the oxides.

fondue

Then the magic moment in the fondue pot on the camping stove – using ferric chloride to reveal the pattern layers.

11teabagdry

More re-used kitchen items – the tea treatment to clean the remaining oxide. A few other finishing processes and they’ll be ready to send off to Unit Twelve in Stafford.

weespoonsPit16

 

These are some that I made earlier.

If you are nearer the Borders there are some of these spoons at the White Fox Gallery, and if you are in Fife there will be some at ENOS Open studios this October.

 

Open Studios 21/22nd May

pewterbitsi

I finished the wee pewter bowls this morning and one is off to Germany with its new owner.

birdearrings

The wee silver bird earrings are off to new homes too.

I shall make up some more of these earrings for tomorrow, which use my silver bird charm and so are only available from my Open Studios (until Pittenweem, White Fox and London!)

Open Studios – Cambo Hub

enosdisplayii

ENOS artists (East Neuk Open Studios) will have some work at Cambo House ENOS Hub this weekend – 21st/22nd May. I’ll have this charm bracelet and some pewter shells at Cambo. But do visit me at my studio in Cellardyke for a wider choice of jewellery and metalwork.

I’m open the first weekend only.