Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Awards ,etched in stone??

Awards and Etched In stone a mixed heading there girls.
First lets get down to the etching my passion at the moment LOL This is a little note pad I have just finished.
I etched the top section and thanks to the wonderful stephanine lee's book I made a project something like she had in her book(no Im not getting a commission from this book its just so great thats all.
I then used cooper mesh and wired the bottom bit for a different effect,another amazing tin photo and embellishments and Bob's your uncle so to speak.
Im going to add chain to the top so I can wear it.I also used old leather on the back of the book.

I received this a couple of weeks ago and haven't had the time to do what was required once you received it, but here goes . There is nothing like the warm fuzzy feeling that someone likes what you do and that I do inspire others to create. Thanks
Dear Audrey,
Stephi,an Anne LeToux and Carolyn this award it means alot to me that you would think of me.
Here's how it works.Who gets the “Brilliante Webblog Award“?Websites and blogs of your choice for their designs that are especially noteworthy.Here are the Award Rules:
1. The winner can take the logo.
2. Place a link to the person that send you the award.
3. Give the Award to at least 7 other Creative-Blogs, which by its currency,the issues of choice and for their designs are especially noteworthy.
4. Put a link to these sites on your Blog.
5. Write a comment on their Blogs that they’ve won an Award.So here goes and in no particular order some of the artists and their blogs that inspire me and who are very generous in sharing their passion with us all.
1. Azirca

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Come up to my place and see my etchings?

Come up to my place and see my etchings?

Well as the title says come up to my place and see my etchings, naughty aren’t I.
I did a course last year in Melbourne learning Metal etching it is something I have always wanted to do. After the class I thought I love it but all these light boxes and photo paper, it was all so expensive.
Early this year remember I was raving over Stephanie Lee’s new book “Semiprecious salvage” well I still am, in the book it teaches you how to etch using stazon ink pad and Enchant solution.
Well I’m hooked here are the first samples I did, the top one is just plain brass but it shows what I started with.
Next is the booklet necklace I have just finished with a old tin Photo on it, it is made out of Nickel sheeting and I used Collection's border stamps for the pattern on the metal.
Warning it is addictive,and dangerous as your using chemicals so be very careful
Bye for now
Booklet necklace has a back and front covers etched with old antique paper inside.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Honey I'm Home

Honey, I’m Home!
Hi guys, I’m finally home well I have been for nearly two weeks now.
I had a fantastic time in America, it was so great to get to spend some time with my American sis Linda and her husband Jim in Coeur D Alene Idaho, Mark and I were living the American dream, beautiful home, food and company.

I had so many packages by the time I got to Linda’s place, I thought it was Christmas LOL.
Here is a piece Linda bought for me a few Christmas ago, but cos' of the size I told her I would pick it up when I was over there it is about one metre, tall and is an old metal stamp this is only part of it.
Linda also had moved this little beauty for me with some of her house moves, an old optical lenses box.
Jim wanted to know why I would want a piece of “Junk” like this. Men ey? LOL.
I took over something I made for Linda years ago. Here she is holding it a wool embroidery in 3d it is a daffodil picture which symbolize cancer.

Linda has been such an inspiration to me in life through her art. When we first met and after having spent more time with her, this visit and talking more about her health issue’s with Ovarian cancer. Now nearly 10 years on, I realized how sick she really was and it is indeed a miracle she is here at all, but with her positive out look on life I’m so grateful she is here, she is a very special lady. We have become so close and I cryed alot leaving her at the airport,to go to LA,life is so precious I think we all shouldnt take to for granted.
Jim didn’t forget he promised to cook me beer in the butt chicken and I must say after I stopped laughing and rolling around on the floor at it on the BBQ it was very yummy. Thanks Jim

I spent heaps as the supplies were so cheap. I loved going to Ace hardware, Habour freight and Lowe hardware, I love a good tool as you all know.
Since I have been home I have been doing some Metal etching I will share with you next blog update.
Take care
Ps Thank you to all that wished me a Happy Birthday and a wonderful trip I had both.
Ps check out Linda's Blog she has some awesome Pictures of our trip