Plantlore and jewellery making

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Some lovely pieces were made by the people at my workshop yesterday, a super eye for design.

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I’ve since made a couple more pairs like these earrings as I think the colour and design is good (shame about the photo)

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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.

A little help from my friends

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I visited Mark Gartrell recently, having met him at Goldsmiths’ Centre, Getting Started programme. He has kindly agreed to share his casting wisdom with me, thus helping me achieve one of my 3 goals for 2017.

This is one of his wax kettles which has a silicon collar to stop the wax dripping on the burner – genius. The silicon is surplus from mould making – double genius.

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And this is his Gorilla and Falcon shelf. I want one..

Casting in Portugal

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I can’t believe that I’ve been back from running the casting workshop in Portugal for over a week. This was where we did our casting (except on the evening when we had pizza). The pizza wood ash came in handy as parting powder for our sand moulds; the location was splendid and we had a great time (though I say it myself)aquaworkshop

A selection of tools on the table tennis table.

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A wire bound mould ready to pour.

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We used natural finds including these bits of pine cone, cast in both cuttlefish and oilsand.

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and these lobster claws worked well in oilsand casting.

I hope to run this workshop again next year, so do let me know if you are interested.

Casting Workshop – Portugal

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I was checking through my casting techniques today, to make sure that I pack what I need for Portugal. This is the cuttlefish casting, which I poured outside as the burning fish bone smells.

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This is the casting inside the cuttlefish. The cuttlefish texture can look really good (this is not a good example though)

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This is the same dog cast in oil sand, still with sprues and funnel. The oil-sand holds the detail and doesn’t flash the way the cuttlefish tends to. On the right is the wee bone original.

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And these are the three dogs – cuttlefish, oil-sand and beach-sand castings.

The beach-sand has a great texture which is why I use it for my work