Hope your project drawer is full of great ideas and inspiration!
|Here's to whittling some of this down, too!|
|So here are the two examples. On the left is the sample with a clear coat down first and the 4 enamels shown above sifted in a mix. To the right is one coat of the Nile Green over bare copper. You can see how pale the color is. I applied a second heavier coat of these colors to each piece before doing the raku.|
|So we are at the kiln ready to go|
|It's on fire!|
|Ready to see what we got|
|It's so incredibly hard to get a good shot of the results because the glass is so shiny, but here we are. On the left- 2 coats of Nile Green over bare copper, no raku. On the right, 2 coats of Nile Green that went through the raku process. You can see a little of the copper on the surface. The Nile Green gave a softer coppery shimmer to the surface.|
|On the left, 2 coats of the 4 green mix, un-raku'd (sp?). On the right, 2 coats of the 4 green mix after the raku process. This thing is just coppered to within an inch of its life.|
|So here's the piece in progress- main soldering done (stone is just sitting in place- not set) and the general sanding/ shaping is done but that's it. You can see how white the metal is- that's the unpolished fine silver surface coming up.|
|This was the first page|
|Michael's set up|
|An example of how Michael's photography looks with this set up|
|my set up|
|Michael's home made light tent- pvc and a vellum-like heat resistant photo film used in theatre|
|At the opening with my photos|
|Tribute to Love|
|Soul of Southside|
|This was my example piece- watercolor enamel|
|This was the piece I worked on during class although I finished the eyes at home. I worked from a photograph- |
watercolor enamel (the photo is a little washed out)
|Jodi- These were done with oil based painting enamels. She discovered it requires a lot more paint to build up color on a dark ground but it can be worth it because the contrast can be quite nice.|
|Liza- Liza went for an abstract series or earrings using oil based painting enamels. This photo really washes them out.|
They were much more vibrant in person.
|Marti- a portrait of her daughter from a photo- in process. Oil based painting enamels.|
|Marti- oil based painting enamels (I think)|
|Marti- oil based painting enamels|
|Mark- Mark and Pat were the most accomplished painters among us and it shows! Oil based painting enamels.|
|Mark- I think this one might have been the water color enamels|
|Mark- Mark tried lavender oil instead of our mystery "painting oil" that Thompsons supplies with the kit.|
He found it is much runnier so it does washes really well.
|Pat- oil based painting enamels over clear rather than the traditional white ground.|
|Pat- oil based painting enamel over clear. Pat applied some painting Titanium White to the top of the koi and it caused this bubbling effect, which I've encountered myself with Titanium but don't know what's causing it. It worked for the piece fortunately.|
|The door on the right was my classroom|
|The metals studio- and yes, it is as big as it looks! |
Individual benches in the middle, soldering stations to the left and more open work areas on the right.
Anvils in the foreground.
|This is the hammer room which is a smaller room between the metals studio |
and the glass/ enameling studio. The door to the right goes into the enameling studio.
|The studios have catwalks for visitors to see what's going on in the classes |
without disturbing them. This was my class hard at work.
A few people were still out at lunch when this shot was taken.
My messy table is in the lower right corner.
|Jodi and Liza with Marti in the background|
|My student Mark and Donna who was visiting from the bead class|
|Catwalk looking down on the bead class across the hall|
|Just one of the wood studio rooms. The wood studio is an independent building built about 10 years ago-|
beautiful gallery entrance and multiple equipment and teaching rooms
|This is one of the studios in the wood building- the class was Extreme Pens. |
They were doing miniature wood turning for pen blanks. It was pretty cool.
|A Sawfish- amazing creature!|
|Sawfish mouth and gills- looks like eyes but they're not|
|Jaws music, please|
|Random fish but such a clear shot even through the thick glass, I couldn't resist including it|
|There were lots of fish....|
|Chad Alice Hagen in the Penguin Pod- This was neat. You crawled through a tunnel and popped right up|
in the midst of the penguins and they weren't disturbed in the least,although there were idiots ahead of us
banging on the plexiglass to try and get the penguins to do something.
Sometimes I wonder who really belongs in the cage.....
|Penguin Feet- I don't know why this picture is so small....|