Thursday, August 26, 2010

Jewelry - 3 Silver Earrings

Since I found the lost wax surprises in the basement I have been dragging out all my jewelry supplies. I made 3 pairs of earrings today, I am rusty so the ear wires need to be replaced as they are not perfect. It is fun playing with this stuff. The earrings are made of sterling silver, freshwater pearls, garnets, glass and stone.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lost Wax Casting

I just ran across some lost wax casting silver pieces I made a number of years ago. My little sculptures in wax were kind of thick so my silver pieces came out quite heavy. I just found some of them in a box stuck away in a corner of the basement. I never finished them and made them into jewelry. Now I shall have to do so. The lost wax process is far more difficult than working with precious metal clay.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Monet in a Day No. 1

As promised, here is the first faux Monet I made. Unfortunately number 2 is I think a lost cause, I am ready to paint over. But Monet in a Day No. 1 somehow just works. I used left-over paints after doing another painting exercise and who knows why or how but it just worked. Acrylics on a tiny canvas 4x6 inches.
Monet is probably turning in his grave about the name!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Monet in a Day No.3

I am not much of a painter as those who know me are well aware. I am taking a class that dabbles in this and that and wouldn't you know it we had to paint. So I whipped out some horrid thing. Then I used my left over paint to do a mini-faux-Monet. It was pleasing to the eye although I am sure critics will shudder at the sight of it. Anyway I made a second that is horrid and then a third faux-Monet. I can't seem to get the reeds right, no matter how small the brush it either globs or refuses to transfer paint. I have tried palette knives and toothpicks also. Sigh. Oh yes this is in acrylics and is on 8" x 10" canvas. Enjoy! or not and if not and your 2 cents is worthy, please give me pointers on doing things better.