ARTISTS PROJECT SERIES: “Love Heals” a necklace step-by-step by Lorena Angulo Part 2

 

 

Step 9:
After your heart is dry you can now carve a design in it using a micro carving tool.

 

 

 

Step 10:

We are going to add a texture all around the heart using our carving scraps. First we need to cut into smaller pieces the scraps using a blade. After you have a more uniform consistency in your scraps, you are ready to add the texture in the frame.

First, you need to add water only in the area where you want the texture to be; be careful not to add water in other places because your texture will get there too.
Sprinkle the texture on top of the water all around the heart filling out the inside of the frame.

Shake the frame to let the loose scraps to come out and then spray water on top of the texture and let it sit before taking the frame to be dry in the warm surface.

Step 11:
The next step is to add extra details to the heart when is dry. I attached some flames and a small flower.
The flower is dry and to attach it to the heart I need to add water and some fresh clay. When the flower is press down in place, we need to smooth the fresh clay with a rubber tip tool.

After smoothing the fresh clay with the rubber tip tool, we add some water with the small paint brush and then we let it dry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 12:
As an extra detail in your work, you can also carve something on the back side of the frame to add a more personal touch.

 

 

 

Step 13:
To make a toggle clasp for the necklace, we need to use an acrylic snake maker and make a metal clay snake two and a half inches long. We will form an 8 shape form with this snake to form a clasp.

After this is dry we will add water in the joints and add a piece of fresh clay to close the joints completely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step 14:
After the clasp is dry we will carve it and add a leaf as a detail.

 

 

 

Step 15:
We will have to make another snake to make the toggle for the clasp. The toggle needs to be twice the size of the inner size of the clasp. If the inner measurement is ½ inch, your toggle needs to be one inch long.

 

 

 

We need to make a jump ring to be attached to the toggle. To make a jump ring we need to use a toothpick as a mandrel. The toothpick needs to be cover with masking tape to avoid getting the metal clay attached to it. Using an acrylic snake maker, we will make a thin snake about one to two inches long, this will make more than one jump ring. The snake has to be rolled around the toothpick and let it dry in it. After the clay is dry enough to be touch without deforming it; we have to cut them using an x-Acto knife.

 

We will attach the jump ring to the toggle by using water and fresh clay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the toggle is dry, we will carve it.

 

Step 16:
To fire the pieces I used an SC2 kiln. I put the pieces on top of a kiln shelf and fire them following the package instructions.

 

 

 

Step 17:
When the pieces are out of the kiln, I brushed them using a steel wire brush.

Now I will add a hammered texture to the frame using a ball head hammer and a steel bench block.

To finish the pieces, I will be using a tumbler to polish them and liver of sulfur to add dimension to the carving and textures.

 

 

Step 18:
I string turquoise with red silk thread and the necklace is finished!
You can also just add a chain if that is the look you want.

 

 

Lorena Angulo: I am a Mexican artist currently living in San Antonio, Texas with my Husband and two wonderful kids. I am passionate about folk art and art in general. Working with metals such as silver, bronze and copper, enables me to transmit through the pieces I create this passion I have for my culture. My work is a big reflection of who I am , where I come from and my big love for my culture and traditions.