In Pursuit Of … #2

So, here is the start of my second creation in this irregular “semi-regular” post series.

(Yes, that sounds confusing to me too – best just accept that I will randomly post stuff when I feel the urge to do so, with no set pattern or regularity, even though I may have alluded to the fact that I would, in fact, do so on a semi-regular basis!)

These posts seem to need the “stream of consiousness” approach to how the pieces start to be created, so get ready for the dot points:

    • decide I need to create something
    • look around my work space to see what is waiting for “inspiration”
    • select a 2/3 finished project that has been gathering dust on the bench for months
    • celebrate the fact that this project needs wood, and thus, a trip to my local supplier is required
      • note: it is always important to justify my emerging addiction
    • go to The Wood Guys and appreciate all the gorgeous timber
    • touch the timber
    • smell the timber
    • feast my eyes on the timber – the knots, burls, grains, colours and textures
    • let my soul free to find the weird shapes, the cracked, broken and void filled remnants of a living entity, that I am so drawn to
      • (yes, I get a bit carried way, but have you ever, truly, looked a beautiful piece of raw timber to appreciate it – you really, really should)
    • sadly accept that I cannot buy all of the timber
      • – I CANNOT!
    • buy more than I need for the current project, because, you know, timber is GOOD.
    • drive home, savouring the aroma of raw timber lingering in your personal space.
    • Table #1 (1)
    • Tabel #2 (4)
    • change your mind about what you are going to create first, and go completely off plan!
    • start all the boring prep work
    • sand all the raggedy bits – but not TOO much – I like the character of them
    • chop them in half, and arrange them till i get something I think will work
    • lay them on acrylic sheet and mark out the size for the form
    • measure, cut and sand pine boards to sizes to form the boxwork
    • curl up in chair exhausted (but satsified at the progress made)
    • daydream of wood, and it’s future melding with resin

 

………..  to be continued

 

In Pusuit Of …. #1 completed – “Inlet”

She’s finished!

Well, she still needs an Orange Oil rub down to protect her (she is at the beach after all).

To help her get to this point I just had to follow these steps:

Well, actually, there were a few more steps involved, at various non-pictured times, that went something like this:

  • pour colour layer 3 – over fiddle AGAIN!
  • wait 24 hours
  • pour clear layer four
  • wait 24 hours
  • remove the sticky embrace of the plasticine – be happy that no resin seeped out
  • turn her over and look at her back – be happy that only minimal resin seeped under the acrylic backing
  • remove acrylic backing sheet – be happy that it released so easily
  • remind self to weight down wood better next time so no resin seepage occurs
  • spend some time admiring the back – colours and “worm” pattern are lovely
  • regret that the front is not as nice as the back
  • admire the back again
  • Unmolding - Inlet - Huon Pine & Resin Serving Board (12)
  • take some photos that won’t do it justice, but you have to try
  • stop procrastinating and move on to unmolding her
  • remove layers and layers of tape – be happy that the tape did, indeed, keep the resin where it was supposed to be
  • remove the screws at each corner
  • say “there IS always one” as the last screw refuses to unscrew with the power drill
  • get a hand screwdriver and give it a twist, and it comes undone easily!
  • use the tip of the screwdriver to wedge the frame open in the corner
  • easily remove the four frames – be happy again that the tape didn’t stick to the resin
  • remind self to get more tape
  • trim off the little bits of resin that went under the frame
  • take more photos (because you are so impatient) even though you know she still needs a lot of sanding to finish her off properly – especially her back
  • go out to the wonky workshed and get the sander out – make a mess of resin dust everywhere
  • wish again that you had a dust extractor system, and a proper workshed, but then be grateful that you have a space where you can do this messy stuff – even if it is a wet, gravel floored garden shed!
  • come inside to the kitchen and get the hand sandpaper out – spend the next hour hand sanding from 400 to 12 000 grit
  • accept that your back and arm are not going to like you later
  • apply abrasive paste and polish and hand buff some more
  • take more pictures tha tyou will have to edit later – and probably discard ’cause they don’t look good enough when compared to the real thing in front of you
  • fall in love a little
  • be happy

In Pursuit Of …

I have just (as in right now) decided that I will start a new semi-regular (you now I actually mean “whenever-I-remember”) post about my creative pursuits – hence the title!

So, for the inaugural IPO, here is a Huon Pine & Resin Serving Board I am in the process of making.

So, the process goes something like this:

  • I want to make something!
  • Ponder what I want to make ….
  • Grab wood that appeals to me – which means it usually has holes/rough bits.
  • Go out to the Wonky Workshed and sand timber viciously, then gently.
  • Marvel at how beautiful Huon Pine really is – it now feels like silk.  Admire it.
  • Sand the boring timber pieces I will use to make the frame
  • Come inside and put tape all over the frame inside edges, screw them together and add more tape on the outside – several rounds.  (The tape is to stop the resin sticking to the wood, and make it easier to remove the finished work once it is cured).
  • Cut acrylic sheet for backing.  Add to frame with more tape.
  • Put it on a support board on the workbench and insert the Huon Pine.
  • Make sure it is level – shim the support board where needed to get it level.
  • Squish plasicine around all the outside edges, because my faith in the tape has been broken before – and I don’t want resin all over my floor.
  • Squish plasticine round the front corners of the support board so it doesn’t move and become unlevel during proceedings.
  • Mix up the resin, mica poweders and pigments (no pictured – it’s too sticky to take pictures when I am doing this).
  • Pour colours into the form, mix them up, heat them up, swirl them around until I get something I like – or until they get too sticky and I am stuck with whatever it is even if I don’t like it!
  • Regret the last minute fiddling I did to the resin – but too late, now I am stuck with it (see point above).
  • Admire the gorgeous colour pattern in “The Inlet” (pic 9)
  • Take pictures so I can make a post for Instagram and Facebook – you know it’s not real till you put it online!!!!!!
  • Wit 24 hours for the first layer to cure.
  • Mix up more resin, trying to be careful not to mix too much of the colours I don’t want to take over in Layer 2.
  • Can’t control my mixing frenyz and I make too much dark blue – it is such a gorgeous colour, but a little goes a long way.
  • Pour resin and use heat gun till I get a pattern I really like, even if the colours mix a little too much.
  • Sigh when “The Inlet” first layer disappears, but hope to replicate it on Layer 3.
  • Use the left over resin colours on the underside of another ocean piece I have had sitting on my bench for repairs – hope that works out ok.

So, this is where I am now, waiting for it to cure for 24 hours before I can pour another layer.  I think Layer 3 will be a deeper layer with only a little colour in it, in an attempt to get a semi-transparent look that will let me see some of the darker colours in the depth, and have lighter colours towards the top.  Like looking at the ocean with poloroid sunglasses (I hope).

Who knows how it will end up, sometimes it’s just going with it and hoping that you don’t hate it when it’s finished.

Take care folks, have a happy and safe Easter.

…………………………………………………………………..and remember – Clean Hands mean you Care

 

 

Laying it Out

I collected these leaves from my garden and then I played with layouts for a new resin art piece I am going to create.

Gum Leaves
Dried Gum Leaves

I like to use a frame, and then take a photograph, as it helps me “see” them better.

I wanted to use the ferns branching out from the corners, but I couldn’t get a design to work that I really liked. I think the last frame in this set is the best.

I made minor adjustments to the seeds in each of these frames below, and it’s interesting to see how each small variation impacts on the flow of the piece.

My favourite is #4 then #2 (I think) .

This was a fun exercise, but I will probably go with the first arrangement I tried (below), because I like it’s simplicity, and the fuzzy lichen on the twig.

Layout Design Options (1)
Leaves and Lichen

Little Bursts of Creativity

For a long time I haven’t made any jewellery, but in the last few weeks I have felt an urge to start playing again.

I’ve had the red and silver mokume gane polymer clay components on my work table for over a year!  last week I finally made up the smaller set into a pair of earrings for myself, and wrapped them in silver wire with an inbuilt bail so that I didn’t have to drill a hole through them.  I’m really happy with them, and the resin on top of the clay makes is shine nicely.

Yesterday I finally took the plunge and made up the larger focal piece into a necklace, I attached the chain to the focal by filling a link with resin and setting it on the back.  I’m still not completely happy with the chain going all the way around the neck, as it seems to sit a little stiffly, so I may have to change that at a later date.  Maybe half chain links and the other half double strand tubing.  I also made up the middle pair of focals into earrings, again attaching handmade wire bails (to hang the hooks through) on the back with resin.

I also remade the ring – prior to yesterday it was swirly wire and pearls, but I never really liked it very much.  I carefully unwound the swirls of wire, and then reshaped them to hold the handmade glass cabachon.  During this process I got the balance point for the “stone” slightly off, so it is heavier on one end than the other, but I don’t think the gold-wire is up to me unwinding it again to reset the cabachon.  I can live with it.

Last week I also played with the three pendants shown here, each has been created using “Prisme” Pebeo Paint.  I love how the metallic paints works itself out into patterns, however I have to fight my inclination to push it around and mess up the patterns – so I am trying to learn patience.  If you mix 2 different colours (as in the triangle pendant) you can get interesting effects depending on which paint floats and which sinks.  I think my favourites is the diamond pendant, these aren’t my normal choice of colours but I think they work really well and the soft tones compliment the “cell” effect.

Today  I’ve been playing with some other things, and have part completed a couple of other pendants, but that’s a story for another day!

Emotography – Week 17/2016

 

Creativity

I made this little notebook tonight.  The covers are polymer clay.  I makes me feel a bit of the old creativity is finally coming back when I can accomplish something pretty like this.  PLUS, it has already sold.  Bonus.

If you would like to participate with your own Emotography post check out my post EPE Invitation where I explain what it all means, and tell you how do it.

Clay on a Rainy Saturday

Saturday I actually sat down and played!  I had a great time and am really happy with the results.
Sadly 1 item burnt in the oven, but the rest came out fine.
The teapot will have to get a new handle, as the cane just doesn’t suit it anymore, so there is still a little bit more to do there.
I’m thinking the teardrops will make up a necklace, and my new snail “Candy” has joined the herd.

Shameless Self Advertising

Some of you may know that I used to have a hobby!  I used to enjoy making a little bit of jewellery, playing with glass, wire and polymer clay.  Sadly I have just noticed that it has been over 2 months since I created anything.  Not sure why I have stopped, except that I still have too much jewellery hanging around my house.

I haven’t had anything in the local gallery for a long time, it all got a bit too hard to deal with when I increased my work hours, etc, (excuses, excuses),  So now I’m trying to sell it on the internet (which hasn’t worked out to be success for me, so far).  However, towards that goal I have marked down a lot of stock (some as much as 50% off) on my website.

If you’re in the market for a unique, handmade piece of jewellery, check out my Etsy shop

I promise I won’t do any more shameless self advertising, at least not until Christmas!

Sterling Silver Wrapt (4)Aqua stitchedBurgundy Ring (2)Blue stone ring (2)