Some of the copper that I smelted at the Sculpture workshop was not very pure. By hammering it I was able to get rid of much of the impurities ready to alloy with silver and melt for casting. I think that this was the first time that I used this blacksmiths hammer and my rather rusty anvil/
The New Year bonfire was the first trial smelt of the year. I didn’t expect much from it and it wasn’t a great success, because the bonfire dropped through into the rock pool beneath it. It seemed a good way to celebrate the New Year though.
The photo is the wet remains when the bonfire had burnt out, a gift to the sea.
Still time to drop into the new visitor heritage centre at Cambo and see some artworks. Some local artists, including Keny Drew, Judith Heald and Linda Jackson, have a horse stall each to display their work. This is mine.
It’s a lovely display area and there are interesting displays about the history of the estate and the stables.
Most days you will find the cafe and shop open as well.
also your eyes may focus better than my photos…
They reopen 4th January 2018.
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.
I continued with the resin and the foam. I had some disasters (too much hardener):-
and too little hardener (parts are sort of bendy):-
and some more door designs
The foam is melted away with acetone, leaving interesting ‘insides’ – the courtyards and corridors that are behind the street doors:-
Some texture work to capture the aged walls and surfaces:
and creating metal frames/courtyards, with resin hollow forms inside:-
This last is a resin ‘pool’ from foam, with a metal piece in it sanded back.
I also cut back a large bowl that hadn’t cast fully and achieved a perfectly acceptable bowl, which I textured and patinated.
I textured and patinated my sound stone from ‘Mary of Guise’ beach:
Also a Cellardyke sand tumbler got finished (texture and patina). May still work on the sparkle factor:-
I used the Auchindour sand to cast a wee silver piece to sit in the copper ‘goblet’ made in Week 2:
And this pour also gave a lovely piece of ‘waste’ for my collection of pieces to be developed into wearables.
I did a lot of editing of the to-do list, but all in all a very productive three weeks.
Thanks to Eden and everyone at SSW
Week two saw the completion of my mobile furnace.
This was made in an old gas cylinder – spent a morning filling it with water and then emptying it again to make sure all the gas was out. Then I cut it up to give it a lid and holes for air. Finally I lined it with clay and dried it out.
The first firing was a bit of a learning process, I struggled to keep the charcoal out of the crucible and I found that two blowers cooled the crucible and blew the charcoal about. The pic shows two blowers going into my wee furnace. I made the housing for the blower on the right too. I managed to pour a small part of a rim,
Eden and Uist are making a temporary sauna and have whisky barrel staves for cladding. I thought these would make a good local sandbox material and cut the pieces for a small box that will make a spoon mould. This is it screwed together and ready to use.
Uist did a copper pour (he and Ben had pieces to cast) I added in a couple of sand ring moulds as I don’t like to miss a pour.
This shows the two wee bowls cast in copper and a mass of copper that mis-poured into the sand pit. I am keeping that for enameling sometime.