Friday, July 10, 2015

Part I: Hard Rock Cafe @ 30.96 Metalworks Forum


'Baubles, Bangles, and Beads' seemed like an apt title for this Post, but it's best to let Mike do the talking and walking us through his, our, craft:

Art of Enamelling by Linda Darty


Pauline Warg basic jewelry enameling Video


Lexi Erickson Gallery





 
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Bernd Munsteiner  May 20, 2015


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March 25, 2015  
      Metalworks-purchase of the Lapidary Jewelry Artist digital magazine for Metalworks class..

Dear all,

  it's my first foray into purchase of a digital magazine (the price was right and we saved on International postage-further savings)..maybe an old dog can learn new tricks..we'll see how we can interpret this magazine into opportunities in our classes..will need appropriate software to extra/alter images from the mag.. currently using  Pages like the Microsoft Word)..but if anyone else has thoughts on other software programs ..please let me know..its time for me to enter computer / design..time is priceless and opportunities arise in simplicity.. it..can't hurt ..maybe

cheers

  
.....accumulating scanned copies of clip art/books on heraldic shields/ornamentals from the inter-librarian system..already exceeded my limits..but sent this Hajime Ouchi  example of cover of book...also check out black/white clip art on web/images google search..i like the dover publications on designs they come with CD rom so you can capture images for use...my most recent book was the Big Book of Graphic Designs and Devices by Typony Inc and covers a broad range of choices( a Dover publication)..lotsa choices for etching and pattern selections here....scanning the Designs from pre-colombian mexico ..nice thing i can get 2  pages onto 1 sheet so not so much work...will bring in the sample designs when class begins again..soon before i get too poetic..

cheery less but eventually more expectant

..when bleary skies turn to balmy contentment

mike

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 Pauline Warg

Pauline Warg Video Making Metal Beads


Pauline Warg basic jewelry enameling Video


Blow Torch Fired Enamelling needs only your imagination
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Elizabeth Olver,    Jewelry Design. The Artisan's Reference

Vancouver Public Library - Call # 739.27 O52je

Enamelling
Enamel is a form of glass, and enamelling is the process whereby this glass is fused to metal by heating to create areas of colour.  The colour of enamel can range from primaries to pastels; it can be opaque, translucent, or transparent, and can have a gloss or matte finish.  Despite its relative fragility, enamelling is an exciting art; the different techniques, colours, levels of opacity, and finishes possible with this process can produce unique effects that will enhance jewelry forms significantly. It is a time-consuming and labour-intensive technique, however, and requires patience and skill - E. Olver


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Dear All,

--attachment of small sampling of this text on colouration in metals-formulae book-374 pages..FYI...quite extensive and monumental in scope..

will send a small studio pamphlet by Charles Lewton-Brain..that's a lot simpler to grasp in next email..

cheers

mike
 


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 March 31, 2015
      Metalworks - pamphlet of metal patina's for small studio shop/work  

--Dear all,

 small pamphlet on metal colouring-patinas

 cheers

 mike

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 March 31, 2015
   Metalworks-4 books on colouring on metal

 --Dear all,

recently looking at 4 books on metal colouring the first is the bible of the industry ..an older text which is pedantic voluminous in content but slightly overwhelmingly  too much data for us--The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals by Hughes and Rowe) even the title of this book sounds ominous but if you have dedication and lotsa youth time, a book keeper...the second book is Patina by Matthew Runfola..this is well designed. informative and pleasing to read through..the third book is Colour on Metal by Tim McCreight and Nicole Bsullak and features the works of 50 artists with pics of their work and a brief write p on them..and lastly the 4th book is called the Art of Enamelling by Linda Darty and like the latter book is pleasing to read...i will try and send the first cover and the back covers of these books to you but having some problems so bear with me...might send separately over the next little while..

cheers

 mike  



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April 24th, 2015
     Metalworks Palko

 Dear all.

started looking at enamelling and came up with a website that had astounding enamel works and to equally learn that these artist live in Canada in the far reaches of a small town of Brockville Ontario .. its where i have my fondest memories after working on the farm  and after a hard days work going for a walk barefoot along the quiet streets with short blue jean cut-offs and bare chested, catching the glimmer of sunlight through the wafted tree branches creating shimmering shadows of dark/light interplay...after a hard day of leisure jumping into the clear waters of a stone quarry and returning later to work on the farm..fond memories of the cottage on the saint lawrence river.. fishing and catching the evening air ...life was so simple and pure..

cheers

mike

ps   check this out

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May 14, 2015
   Free Saturday May Demo - Torch Fired Enamel

Dear all,
a site on torch firing..add colour to your work..check out Eugenia Chan's new enamelling cradle with handle and spatula attachment from Rio Grande  and/or youtube her demo of this tools applications ..found a new website that has some useful tips/tricks/designs quite germane to our Metalworks forum...check out   Musings of a metalsmith on google..you'll have all the world of what we have tried to do in Metalworks in that grain of sand...enjoy and be grateful for what we have!!
  

cheers

mike

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May 16, 2015

   Metalworks-Designer Jewellery-the world's top artist by Claude Mazloum

dear all,

 rec'd a book via inter-library loan that is a synopsis attachment of some great  ideas in design ...detailing a summary short of each artist (like an abstract before  a technical research paper) ... works are shown few words exchanged..also a short on  designer diamond cuts/designer lapidary cuts by the infamous Bernd Munsteiner (faceted on the front and backs of gemstones that creates such unusual patterns ),,,there is a most beautiful section on Sculptor jewelery that once you see them you'll just want to carry out these experimental pieces yourself (didn't make pictures  of..enticing huh??) .. all in all a wonderful book that balances few words with much artistry..enjoy if you dare & lend it through the library .. i will have the book for a few more days and  return it through to Central library..     

  Contemporary Jewellers / Jewelry Designers / Goldsmiths / Metal Artists
listings A-Z A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

   here is another web site you might want to bookmark.. http:/www.metalcyberspace.com/exhibitions.htm this site categorizes galleries/museums/catalogues and more and has an- A-Z for  prominent artists with hypertext to check out their works/styles.. In the walks along Main Street..there was a jewelry shop- Sonya Picard which did not survive but has been replaced by Just Jewellery ... we walked in and we were really impressed with the diversity of styles..tribal/modern. I love the presentation of her jewellery pieces and the design of the shop..its spacious and inviting ... the shop is owned by Joanne who also has a shop in South Surrey ... she makes jewelry and they  often travel around the world picking up signature pieces. she asked me if i could  show her some of my cut stones..it appears it may be an outlet to sell your  cabochons to...her address for her shops are:

Just Jewellery 4360 Main Street

Just Jewellery #6-2970 King George blvd

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May 19, 2015
   Metalwerx Open House and other great events in Boston this week


enjoy this site and bookmark it for some grand info... MetalWerx,  School for Jewelry,  Metal Arts,  Community Studio

cheerios

mike
      
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May 20, 2015    Metalworks-Lapidary short on Facetted crystal by Munsteiner et.al.

--Dear all,

check out attachment on Bernd Munsteiners facetted crystal/carvings...google Atelier Munsteiner to see more representations of their works..this family has 3 generations and more in the lapidary arts from Idar Oberstein to the USA...


cheers everyone
 

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May 21, 2013
     Metalworks-Art Deco on works of Jean Despres


Dear all,

--attached works on a period of the Machine Age..enjoy...10 pages on some of his works...this book s basically a monograph on this artists body of works..his design notebook has been itemized as well in this publication..good use of geometric cuts of lapidary material here as well

cheers

mike


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 June 9, 2015
    Metalworks-Home schooled jewelry classes

--Dear all,

 just returned from an arduous drive to Monterey area and San Francisco by car...now i know why its better to fly and Cruise...but after the trip came away with an appreciation of the innate beauty of our geological earth and definitely an appreciation to our farming community the people that work those long days to help us pursue our lives in the city... here is a web site that you can educate yourself in crafts..at your own time/leisure/pace ....www.craftonlineuniversity.com i also purchased a volume 1 and volume 2 mp4 file from Interweave on Enamelling by Pauline Warg  ... so ... so if you show up in silent protest i will be sitting there this Monday grieving with a smile with my computer to share this PDF and video to your flash drives and other assorted files...so drop in/drop off and drop out...get the files/dvd and enjoy..think of it like a laundry service...i will be reviewing my files/DVDs that i have on my computer in silence...i will be there from 09:00 AM to about 14:30 allowing for a lunch break at the vending machine of potato chips and a fizzling Fanta drink or maybe a Rootbeer (the one without alcohol although if it did, that would be a fun time )

cheers

mike -

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June 9, 2015
     Metalworks-Homeschooled jewelry classes

 --Dear all,

 torch enamelling (something that we saw when Eugenia Chan gave demo with us) Volumes 1 and 2 by Pauline Warg.. a beautiful book on constructed metal beads..she is a great teacher with lotsa experience and skills..and just as a teaser i will have with me a BBC -high defintion documentary of the life/history of Faberge...

cheers

mike

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June 15, 2015
     Metalworks-DVD on Enamelling

--Dear all,

www.nancylthamilton.com just created another video on torch enamelling as well (free on her site) ..little twist/here n' there..but what i like about her video feed was the concept torched enamel cabochons..a great way to set up disc/dapped domed enamel jewelry..hey no more lapidary work needed...add colour to your work and randomness..i am looking for someone that is selling their enamelling equipment if you know anyone that is selling out would be interested in buying some of it

cheers

mike

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 June 17, 2015
    Silversmithing

Dear all,

 ...a book"Silversmithing for Jewelry Makers, authored by Elizabeth Bone...the subject matter will be directed from her book: Married Metals Granulation Filagree you may have noticed that sometimes i send several attachments on the same subject matter..there is a reason for this ...some authors have a lock and key of presentation on a particular technique that will resonant better with different students...which one will you gravitate to ???

...the married metals topic from Elizabeth Bone (like our membership is married to a common craft/hobby narrative) is a compelling/do-able technique that just might be of interest to some of us ...
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Granulation strikes fear in me but others will be brave enough to attempt it and filagree is a tangle/web of discovery and beauty like a well seasoned group of people with a common goal.. .. to explore wire wrapping / weaved bracelets / necklaces using minimal equipment ... just another thought we could invite Eugenia Chan to talk about torch enamelling it would be possible to buy some enamels / cradles / rivet blocks from her,...just a thought experiment..regardless i will be there ...

cheers

mike -

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June 17, 2015
   Greetings-Etching


--Dear all,

 a little twist...etching Silver using Ferric nitrate.....and what about photo-etching...there's a store on Main street..an electronics store (two stores)..the larger of which sells a photo etching kit...as you enter the store it sits lonely hearted on the left side entry on top of a cabinet-also transformers for electro-plating sold here..although noticed most have sold (must be a trend..everyone's doing it) 

cheers

mike
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 June 18, 2015
    Creating Depth and Texture in Your Designs

Wubbers University

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June 24, 2015
    Metalworks-scanned Motifs-North American Indian and Art Nouveau designs-Dover Publications

--Dear all,

 have scanned and loaded onto laptop some free Royalty motifs approximately 900 plus clip art 

sincerely yours

mike

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June 30, 2015
Metalworks Celtic pattern and 1871 text on saw-filing..tooling for wavy bracelet & handy flux usage for Cu & Brass..

--Dear all,

 ...the Great Book of Celtic Patterns - approx. 192 pages in length...another book that i have on this weeks agenda is an 1871 textbook on the Art of Saw filing...what i find fascinating about the era of this books is in the use of language and clarity...i have quite a library of the old texts and enjoy them when i find time...so have fun...I have also purchased (not yet picked up ) the wavy bracelet making kit from www.potterusa.com check out the toolbar under videos and look for wavy bracelets (or was it squishy ??)..we have all the tooling to do these tasks as well ordered from Otto Frei the HMR 108/109 hammers and some Handy flux for non-ferrous metals ..really interested to see how well this flux works with brass/copper...Lexi Erickson uses this exclusively so it's probably darn good...if you'd like we could view the use of the HMR 108/109 hammers for the fluted bangle..i have this DVD on the laptop and all the tooling to accomplish the task..let's talk about our craft...the possible and not the impossible.....see ya'll hopefully ..soon..


Lexi Erickson Gallery


cheers

mike -

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 July 3, 2015
     Metalworks-another interesting book

--Dear All,

Uber Schmuck und Stein:  Zeitgenössische Schmuck-und Objektgestaltung ...will bring into our meeting along with a few other books of interest....

cheers

mike

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July 7, 2015
    Metalworks - HARDROCK CAFE  reminder  July 13th, Monday

--we had another wonderful sit down discussing our craft viewing several books that i had inter-library loaned from the Central Library ... uploaded to flash drives of  attendees Artisan Reference ebook and a Celtic design book...for the next meeting  decided to instead of the cold connection DVDs by Helen Driggs-Vol.1 and 2  (Art Jewellers co-editor) that i would provide a 1 hour DVD on forging by Sweetman..its a DVD about 1 hour in length......Mr.Sweetman makes up 2 bracelets and gives the proper mechanics of how to do it...Forging is another way to shape and form and is part n' parcel of the design vocabulary for your craft...at the next meeting i may show the short 18 minute DVD of fluted Braclet mechanics by Bill Fretz Vol 2 and show you the tooling which i have to accomplish this practice ..as well picked up the Wavy bracelet kit by www.potterusa.com and will show this as well...to get the heads up of the Wave bracelet video feed please go to the website www.potterusa.com and look for the toolbar for Videos..then hit the "the Wave Bracelet" tab and view..this video feed is 12 minutes in length...have fun this week..working on the cleaning up of the piano keys that i retrieved from the back lane alley .. have what i believe are ivory slabs and lead weight snubs and black (flat/sharp keys) possibly ebony wood products...decided to offer up some of these products to the attendees at the next HardRock Cafe meeting...the black ebony wood can be slabbed using a jewellers saw to whatever thickness (1-3 number jewellers saw blade??) and with silver would make a stirring piece of jewelry...just a thought...see you next week...bring your ideas about alternative ways to continue our craft i.e. other club venues, the Creative Jewellers Guild...does anyone have others..??... Mountain Gem / Capilano lapidary
cheerios for now

 Mike   

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July 9th, 2015
    Metalworks-Challenge for the day---

 --Dear all, while on the topic of enamelling..which we've talked about in the last few weeks and/or viewed on Pauline Wargs Volume 1/2-torch enamelling DVD..i submit a website that encapsulates the spirit of enamelling.. www.hunter-studios.com if any of you have a site of discovery or a website that you might want to share...reply and i will encapsulate and send to all ...a team effort perhaps.. 

I remain yours sincerely

mike - 

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July 13th, 2015    6:19pm
    Metalworks-next sit-down forging/hydraulic form wave bracelet & books

--re-reminder,
Forging bracelet DVD by Sweetman - 1 hour DVD and viewing of tools for and video feed on the Wave Bracelet indicated at www.potterusa.com...remember to bring your 8-16-32 Gig Flash Drives...will bring a few books for viewing as well..Oppi Untracht's ...Traditional Jewelry of India...Metal Techniques for Craftsman-Jewelry Concepts and Technology...

cheers

mike

 Oppi Untracht

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July 13, 2015   7:04pm
   Metalworks - Sinusoidal stakes..DVD on shell forming- www.ncblack.com

-Dear all,

sorry about my last web feed...the site noted should have been ... www.potterusa.com the check the tool bar-VIDEO- the Wave Bracelet and watch the 12 minute video posted ....i have picked up the tooling for this project and will bring in next week to show you,, also remind myself to give up some of my ivory/ebony piano material for mixed media jewelry projects that attendees can take home...
 
VIDEO- the Wave Bracelet
 cheers mike

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attached is a template of a sinusoidal stake you can carve out in wood / delrin plastic..if i have a piece of plastic (pre-cut can give you if i can find it,) will save you time..have to enlarge these pics though to-135%...  at Mountain Gems can make copies for you they did it for me last time...

cheers mike


July 13, 2015   7:08pm  Amendment
    Metalworks-Sinusoidal stakes..DVD on shell forming- www.ncblack.com

Dear all,

 have sent this file on several occasions in the past...but thought i would send again..have a DVD by Andrea Harvin-Kennington on Shell forming for Jewelry making which is about 1.5 hours long and with the attachment is a start to making your own sinusoidal stakes...for a list of tools that Andrea has created on her DVD go to  to her website... www.ncblack.com this is an exciting avenues for creating volume from flat metal..the possibilities are endless... please remember to bring your flash drives ...

cheers

mike

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July 14, 2015  7:41am

Metalworks-Symbol designs/transfer/print and etch-FeCl/ammonium persulphate and ferric nitrate & batteries

--Dear all,

go to the website... http://www.adinkra.org/ on the top of the webpage are 63 symbols..drop and drag to desktop... and then play with your printer to paste 1-12of these symbols upon a pdf sheet... no need to print but play... see if you can find a software program by interacting with others to see what they are using... for instance i use a program Picasa (free download) and there are many others ...i don't prefer any over any other just found the first one and it worked...ain't broke don't fixer..you can print your symbols onto PNP papers using a laser printer (press n' peel) and imprint these upon clean copper/brass metal and etch.. for the etching you can use ferric chloride (at electronic stores) ...ammonium perchlorate (RP electronics-2752 Rupert Street,Vancouve, BC 604-738-6722) and if you want to etch silver use Ferric Nitrate ( www.sciencecompany.com ) ..you might be able to source locally as well i'm sure.

The other mode of etching we had done in our class was Galv-etching and this is a process by which we apply an electromotive force (battery power/or battery charger) to a solution of kosher salt/water and /or copper sulphate which can be purchased at Home depot named as a fungicide, check label for purity and components-purer is better... for our next sit down class will bring in some tooling and odds and sods...nothing specific because i end up forgetting half of it...so play it again Sam... if any of you require a DVD feed on etching by Lexi Ericksen (Jewelry artist mag. submitter) bring your empty Flashdrives..

cheers

mike

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 July 14, 2015   8:50am
     Metalworks-next roundtable July 20-2015  Welcome to Beaducation!

Dear all,

here is a site that explores and demos by visual education...completed simple projects..think of it as filling in the blanks..simple projects leads to simple on simple...which when added upon creates organized chaos...perhaps quantum weirdness ... play dice anyone ??


cheerios

mike

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July 15, 2015  9:38pm

Metalworks-websites to explore ... easy format all in one place viewing..

Dear all,

enjoy these websites and look especially at the design/presentations :















will send in next few days websites of organization i.e. www.metalmuseum.org 

cheers

mike



July 15, 2015  9:53pm


Metalworks..GiJs Bakker and Jewelry

--Dear all,

couldn't help myself scanning this partial book for some of his quotes...


check out his website: www.gijsbakker.com

cheers

mike

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 Part I Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  MetalWorks Forum; Torch Fired Enamelling; SilverSmithing  

Part II Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Torch Fired Enamelling; Silversmithing; Blacksmithing

Part III Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings   Books

Part IV  Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Days of Old, Days of Gold

Part V Hard Rock Cafe 30.96 Hastings  Annual Rock and Gem Show : Children Activities too

1 comment:

Terrarfirma said...

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