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Metal Etching Class

5 amp rectifier for etching and platingI’m teaching a class on how to etch metal with electricity April 11, from 2pm-4:30 pm.

To help prepare for it, I’ve also put up a page about using Photoshop and PnP paper as well as other resists for use on metal in etching (or anodizing) for use by students.

Join me for some etching fun as we get electrical at my house.

We can use this setup to etch bronze, brass, copper and nickle silver. That includes premade “blanks” or charms that can be purchased, sheet metal, and metal tubes. These can be cut to make beautiful beads.

beads-metal

Spring Bonnets and Eggs

eggshell ladies made with liquid polymer clay

I do enjoy decorating eggs with polymer clay. These blooming beauties were first blown free of their egg-y contents, then coated with several cured coats of liquid polymer clay.I drew the faces with a Micron permanent ink pen, colored them with acrylic paints and gathered the bits and pieces for their hats.

Then came the […]

Illustrator brushes and art

Free Illustrator lace brushes

I thought I’d lost the files from my Illustrator classes that I took at Front Range Community College, but I found quite a few and that includes the one with the brushes I created that allow me to “draw” lace onto lines. It may sound simple, but they took some doing; you start by building […]

Dingbat Fonts

kitchen tile dingbat font by Gabrielle Gaither

I love collecting fonts to use in laying out articles and books. Particularly fun are dingbats; which have a pictorial glyph instead of a letter for each character.

These can be used to make newsletters and cards look great–or to make transfers for direct use on polymer clay, to make rubber stamps through Ready Stamps, […]

Knit Knack

knit and purl sampler

2015 is already cycling into Spring, and I’m practicing old skills and learning new ones. This year I’ve learned to knit, thanks to Donnie and the Knit WIP gang.

I started with a scarf with just knitting, then on to practicing knit and purl stitch combos. The white piece may turn into a sampler wall […]

Grace and Gratitude

watercolor star wishes

We are Marching forward into Spring, and as we sort through everything we brought home into the studio now that our 14 months at KCP Gallery have concluded, we’ve had lots to review, clean off, sort through and put away. One of the things returning home is the Wishing Stick that hung for a […]

Lulabelle, a Ball Joint Doll

6 inch ball joint doll

I’m finishing up my new tutorial on making polymer clay ball joint dolls and shooting the video next week.

Here’s a look at one of the dolls with her new clothing. Lulabelle is less than 6 inches tall, and dressed in hand dyed silk and cotton gauze, with Tibetan lambs wool hair. She and her […]

Etched Hearts

etched metal hearts

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! I’m offering a class in etching metal hearts at KCP Gallery in Longmont, CO.

Start with a heart made of 18 gauge copper or brass, add your own artwork, and then etch using electricity! Learn how to start with blank metal and use different masking techniques for etching. Create […]

Rounding Out The Year

etched and anodized metal

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Most of the artists I know have projects that are awaiting their attention while they work on […]