Every once in a while, if we are lucky, we meet someone who is truly a giving person. Someone who doesn’t expect something in return. Most of us know people who will look for the “what’s in it for me” before they give, such as: a tax receipt, their name listed on a donor page or carved onto a corner stone. But then there are those who quietly give. In the artistic community, artists are often preyed upon to “give” and “donate”. But in this case a scientist and an artist are giving to artists! Bill and Lacey Ann Struve are well known in the metal clay community. They have invented and produced several base metal clays under their company Metal Adventures and now they have a new invention to share with the artistic community. Continue reading…
Ever have the thought that because you can’t draw you aren’t an artist? Well, according to the newest craze spreading across the country, if you can hold a pen and make a line, you can draw beautiful pictures. Does this make you an artist? Maybe not, but just about everyone who has tried it creates at least ONE original drawing, often worthy of framing!
Last fall I was introduced to a drawing technique called Zentangle®. A friend found it online, I ordered the kit, three of us watched the video, tried it out and we were hooked! We each have different backgrounds, but we were each able to create a set of diverse and interesting drawings.
The premise behind the process is that you combine some Zen time, soft music and quiet environment with a directed type of mark making, and you create small, 3.5”x3.5” (8.8cm) drawings full of dynamic patterns and shapes. By engaging your right brain in this way anyone can draw some pretty spectacular designs. Zentangle® provides a way to shift your focus and perspective onto the process of what you are doing and away from the results. Continue reading…
The real trick to making fingerprint jewelry in metal clay is getting a clean, detailed print impressed into the clay. In my experience, all metal clays types can take fingerprints beautifully. But there are a few different ways – both direct and indirect – to harvest the fingerprint and impress it into the clay, and each has advantages and drawbacks and produces a slightly different result.
The three most common approaches are:
1) Pressing the finger directly into metal clay.
2) Taking an impression of the fingerprint into a molding compound, and pressing the molded print into metal clay.
3) Taking an ink fingerprint on paper and then using the image to create a photopolymer plate (PPP) or to etch a copper texture plate.
In this article, I’ll describe the major pros, cons, and unique considerations for each approach. Continue reading…
Many things we do in life have purpose. But, this in itself doesn’t imply that we always see all of them as particularly purposeful at the moment of doing them. In fact, we might often wonder, “Why do I have to do this?”
Some of the things we do are just necessary activities of our everyday human existence. Those tend to be the unavoidable things that are part and parcel of daily life; household chores, school and family activities, work related tasks. There are a myriad of things that simply have to be done. They may not always be our favorite things. But, since they have to be accomplished anyway, realizing their necessity as we do them makes them a bit more purposeful and easier to tend to. Continue reading…
Suivez un cours en France…. sans quitter votre maison! Sabine Alienor Singery a réalisé un cours en vidéo pour les lecteurs de Creative Fire ! Dans ce cours, elle montre comment réaliser une bague en pâte de bronze, préparer la pâte pour l’utiliser avec la Silhouette, utiliser la Silhouette pour graver de la pâte flexible, assembler et cuire la bague et enfin, utiliser de la résine UV pour créer un cabochon unique. Bien que ce soit un projet complexe… les artistes de la pâte de métal de tous niveaux apprécieront son cours.
Take a workshop in France…without leaving your house! Sabine Alienor Singery has made a video class for Creative Fire readers! In this workshop she will demonstrate making the bronze clay ring, preparing clay to be used in a Silhouette cutter, using the Silhouette cutter to etch the flexible dry clay, assembly and firing of the ring, and lastly using UV resin to create a unique Cabochon. While this is a complex project…metal clay artists of all levels will enjoy her class.
This unisex ring has a slightly rough, masculine look and can be a great gift for a man. It has a firing temperature adapted to allow Art Clay™ copper to sinter while being fired together with fine silver, in a way that is safe for both metals.
Project by: Angela B. Crispin
Edited by: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc and Margaret Schindel
Material List: Lava Ring materials
Cette bague unisexe a un aspect un peu brut légèrement masculin et peut être une bonne idée de cadeau pour un homme. La température de cuisson de la Art Clay Copper a été adaptée pour permettre au cuivre de fusionner tout en étant cuit avec l’argent fin d’une manière sûre et fiable pour les deux métaux.
Projet par: Angela B. Crispin
Révision française par Soazig Alligand et Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
Liste de matériaux: Bague Lave
After a long, cold winter (at least for me here in Eastern Canada) I have been eagerly waiting for signs of Spring. We’ve had some sunny days, but the snow was hanging around at Easter. Believe it or not…it is snowing outside right now as I type this. It’s April 23! But I have faith that the better weather is coming.
A sure sign of Spring is when Rio Grande announces the Saul Bell Design Award finalists. As if timed with the blooms of the crocus flowers, slowly people are showing off their work and revealing that they are finalists. I’m working on our annual article that profiles the artists and their work, please look for it soon. In the meantime…I have a “Throw Back Thursday” item to share from the Metal Clay Artist Magazine (MCAM) archives. A few years ago Wanaree Tanner won the Saul Bell Award in the metal clay category. Being infinitely talented, she also made MCAM a video showing HOW she made her fantastic bracelet. Thank you Wanaree for sharing and best wishes to this years finalists! (Click on the image below to go directly to the video for the cover story)