Open Studios 21/22nd May

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

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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

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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.

Silver vessel, cast in Border’s sand mix

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I cast silver into the sand box (on the right) which has been drying for over a week. If the sand is damp the silver spits because the steam gets into it, not fun.

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I heated the silver to 1026 degrees – this picture shows the ‘button’ – the silver cooled in the funnel into the sand mould.

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When the metal cooled I opened the two-part mould and checked that the casting had worked (it has) The holes are to let the air escape as the metal is poured in.

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This is a side view of the piece, showing the button/funnel to the right. The spikes are more air escape holes, mainly in case there is steam trapped when you pour metal in.

So that is where this piece is up to. Tomorrow I’ll post pics of the piece with the sprues and button removed.

I hope that it will be cleaned and ready to admire by Open Studios this weekend 21/22 May.

 

Casting Workshops

I ran a casting workshop on Sunday. In the morning we used cuttlefish and in the afternoon we did oil sand casting. We achieved some good outcomes as well as learning from our mistakes. Rachel is going to send me some pictures, meantime here’s one I did earlier.

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It whet my appetite for the week long workshop at Aqua Ventura in November (13th-19th) where we’ll combine these techniques with local forays to find materials and inspiration. There should be sun, Violetta’s great cooking, walking, countryside and seaside, the quinta, new people and enough time to make at least one piece of silver jewellery. Why not check your diaries and see if you can join us?

http://www.aqua-ventura.com/pages/activities.html

Cuttle fish casting practice

As I think I’ve mentioned already, I hope to run a casting work shop at Aqua Ventura (Portugal) this November. I’m just back from brushing up my casting skills with the lovely Zoe Arnold at West Dean.

I’m planning to start with cuttlefish casting using cuttlefish that we will collect on the beach (but I’ll make sure there are some dry reserves.)

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The cuttlefish set up to pour in the molten metal.

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The opened mould once the metal has been poured and allowed to cool, showing the shell, the pouring button and air vents.

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The other side of the shell casting showing the cuttlefish markings.

All I need to do now is cut off the surplus metal, make the cuts look like the rest and take a photo. I may shine it back to silver too.