WIP: Halloween Anyone?

halloween2014Cal

Halloween Pom Pom Garland Design for the 2014 Calendar

So, we don’t really celebrate halloween at our house. It’s not an Australian tradition, but it is gaining in popularity here, much to my husbands dismay. He is American, but he HATES halloween.

Do you like Halloween?
Do you do Halloween stuff at Halloween?
Do you like pom pom garlands?
Do you think I should offer this design as a card too?
If I do, should I get literal and have it actually say: “Halloween” somewhere?

Thanks!

WIP: Work in Progress – 2014 Calendar

Illustration for December 2014 Calendar

Illustration for December 2014 Calendar… You can also expect to see this as a Christmas card soon.

I’ve been very slow off the mark with the calendar this year.  I’ve normally started by June and July.  This year I’ve struggled with the illustrations and the overall concept.  Normally I base them on designs for cards I’ve done during the year, but give them a twist.  This year I wanted to do something different and have struggled with two other concepts for it, neither of which worked out, for one reason of another.  I think I’ve found another way to work with it, which I’m far happier with, and which I still think I can get into my Etsy store soonish.

Let me know what you think?   Do you like geometric designs?  Too minimalist?  Like the bows?  Think the bows ruin the geo-minimalism? Other thoughts?

WIP (Work in Progress): Ivy’s ring

Finally, Ivy’s ring is soldered together and awaits finishing.

Ivy's ring soldered

This was not an easy project, but I did learn a few things and maybe some other beginners (or those coming back to it after a long time) will get something out of this.

  1. When you fuse your silver scraps into a tiny ball, as soon as it reaches ball shape the force of the torch will make it roll away. Good luck looking for that.
  2. This can be minimised by making a small round dip in a charcoal or magnesia soldering block with a bur or another rounded abject you might have.
  3. Tip number 2 won’t help when you’re trying to solder this small ball onto another, much flatter surface!
  4. This kind of work, on a small scale, is very difficult.  Not just the soldering of very small pieces, but saw piercing tiny shapes!
  5. A second third hand (little base that you can attach some tweezers to) might be a good idea
  6. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to do some easy projects in between the tricky ones!

Once it’s polished up and completely finished I’ll post another photo.

If anyone else has any tips or advice I’d love to hear it!

Silver Smithing Progress

A while ago I mentioned that I was going to start a silver smithing class. Now I only have one class left and I’ve really loved it.

So far I have made three rings: One for Shawn, one for Ivy and one for myself.
3 rings

Mine is a plain, half-round ring in 100% recycled sterling silver. Shawn’s ring is made from the same wire as mine, but it has been hammered to give it texture (although his is hard to see at the back of this picture).

Ivy's ring WIP

Ivy’s Ring – A Work in Progress… and in the background a pendant I’m working on too.

Ivy’s ring is plain like mine, but it isn’t finished yet. Above you’ll see a little flower resting against her ring. I sawed this from some sheet sterling silver, but I need to perfect the edges and finish this weekend. On Monday night I’ll anneal it (heat it, which will strengthen it), dome it so that the petals curve up slightly, then inside I’m going to put a small silver ball that I’ll make by fusing some of my scrap silver together. (When you heat up your scraps they ball up. It’s very cool to watch.) Once that’s done I’ll solder the ball on, then solder the flower to the ring. It’s going to be so freaking adorable I might need one for myself when I’m finished.

I just hope it goes according to plan. Wish me luck!