Friday, September 18, 2009

Kick-Off Meeting for the New Year

We started another season of get-togethers at Mimi's house. She treated us to fruit, cake and coffee and we also got to see results from the 5 classes she took at Bead Fest Phily this past summer. Thanks for hosting, Mimi!

These images are captured between 2 pieces of class and then soldered (stained glass technique) and loops were added.

This is a metal clay ring Mimi created and then added the resin "gem" in layers.

This copper flower was covered with Jax patina (from Metaliferous) and then colored with Prismacolor colored pencils. The class was held by Debra Weld- she's known for this technique. It will be finished when it's riveted to the metal clay base beneath, complete with loop for hanging.

These pieces were done in a resin class. The collages were covered over by a powder resin called Amazing Glaze and baked in a toaster oven at 275 until melted. We got to try this technique! The powder was like embossing powder, but non-toxic. All the resins were very safe to use. Feel free to contact Mimi for any and all information regarding resins, techniques, hand-outs, and other information.

This is the collage, set in a brass pre-made commercial bezel, covered over with Amazing Glaze.

Finished pieces cooling after being heated to 275.

Laura adding the powdered glaze to her piece.

(l to r) Bodil, Laura and Deana in Mimi's studio.

Lucia and Mimi in Mimi's studio.

Bodil applying a heat gun to the finished piece to remove any remaining air bubbles.

This was a fun get-together! We got to make stuff! Mimi's final word on these classes, specifically the resin workshop, was that it was a bit "crafty". But they're great for ornaments, keychains, etc... especially for the upcoming holidays. And it was fun to get some creative juices flowing.
See you next month at Caroline's studio on Oct. 20th for a keum boo workshop!


Lu said...

great photos!

Lu said...

the leaves... what do you mean peel? i'm looking at experimenting with the silver clay paste stuff... and am wondering how that works say if you apply to stones/ fossils... can you fire with the object?