My berry vessels are shrivelling nicely. Such a contrast to D. Huycke’s vessels – they’re outwith my control, temporary, and organic:-
I used scrap silver to make another ring vessel, which reticulated rather nicely, although some of the ring solders popped, which was not intended.
I patinated the large ring vessel, partly after speaking to Alistair McCallum who uses ammonia to bring out the silver in his mokume gane pieces, I wanted to see how it picked out the silver solder in my piece.
I drilled and made pins for some shells. I found one riddled with worm holes and thought the repetition of simple pattern was something that D.Huycke uses and it’s appealing.
I photo-etched a piece of mokume gane as an experimentation with technique. The process of making mokume gane involves either soldering, which is what Alister McCallum does, or hot forging which is what Craig Stuart does. He’s invited me to his workshop, I must work out when I can go. I thought the technical challenge of making mokume would be something D.Huycke would approve of. And I really like how the acid has eaten away the copper to show the gilding metal beneath.
Finally I liked the stalks I had left over from getting the berries, so I tried some fusing of copper wire to produce simple stalk forms that can be repeated and will try and make a vessel from the stalks.