Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Something that I have been meaning to get around to is getting a stamp of my "Makers Mark" made. The problem is not getting the stamp made, but rather settling on a design for my mark. I would liken this decision to selecting a tattoo. Selecting the symbol that will forever mark a piece of jewellery as my work is similar in my mind to deciding on an artwork that will permanently adorn your body.
I have come up with a design that started with my signature, I sign my name with a lower case "e". It shrinks down well (it has to be clear at just a couple of millimeters). I like the fluidity and asymmetry of it, as that also reflects the style of my work.
What do you think?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Your bio on Etsy as well as your mini-bio here on dust are fabulous and full of excitement and wonderment. Is there are serious side to Kate?
Sunday, March 22, 2009
This week I am working on a bird pendant to match my bird earrings and white bird ring. I had already cut out the bird a few weeks ago, this weekend I wanted to add the bail and finish it off and then complete another piece that I have in the pipeline.
I have decided to hang the bird from a short length of chain to give it a little movement. I have started by creating a bed for the chain to be attached.
I have coated the piece in flambe (a mixture or borax, boric acid and metho) to protect from fire scale. The flambe is activated by burning away the metho.
I use two coats of flambe front and back, then I apply flux to the area that will be soldered.
Next I attached the chain by soldering the half jumpring in the countersunk beds I created earlier.
The result is rather icky looking (for now), but the chain is attached. I just have to make and attach the bail to the top.
But for now, into the pickle to get rid of the gunk.
Unfortunately that is as much as I got done this weekend. I did however have a lovely weekend with family and friends and the Melbourne weather was just perfect... Hopefully I will have some completed pieces next weekend.
Friday, March 20, 2009
I think we are all continuously striving to improve our photography, and the lucky winner of this giveaway will have a helping hand in the guise of Kirsty's How to Take Great Product Photos eBook - PDF.
Kirsty's book is intended to be a guide on taking good product photos for your online store, and providing you with a basic overview on photography terms, techniques and things to take into consideration.
You can learn a little more about Kirsty in the blog feature I did on her in February.
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