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We’re having a great time creating new art, music, and writing here in Wyoming. I have both indoor and outdoor work spaces. The light is great (got a little dark during the eclipse, but that was only a minute or two!) and I’ve been having a grand time getting ink on metal pieces started, cutting up etched and treated metal that I have standing ready, and getting the new batch of metal prepared for etching, hammering, and a patina.
Then we will have plenty of time over the winter months to cut, grind, file and sand pieces for making pendants and earrings.
Because I am selling the components and also setting aside pieces for decorating boxes, I am making 8″x6″ rectangles of metal and then cutting it up. In this batch I made 50 pieces, and I took photos to use in digital artwork later. I’ve been so busy making more that I have not had time to finish up any jewelry with it, but that is coming up soon, along with the boxes, which I’ll try out next time I am at Tinkermill to use the laser cutter. Metal pieces will go to decorate the box lids. I will be sure to show them off here when they are done.
We’ve traded in the growing expenses and rapidly enlarging census of Colorado for a new way of doing things with a home, home on the range in Wyoming. I loved a lot about CO in the two decades we spent there, and my sons, husband and l all got a good solid dose of Edifying Experience. We had years of schooling that resulted in high school graduations and multiple degrees all around.
While we treasure the experiences and friendships, the desire to go somewhere less crowded and practice art and music grew, and we no longer needed to be close to schools. So, we loaded up the truck and moved north to Wyoming…and let me say, there is nothing quite like moving to put you in touch with all your worldly goods.
I have art supplies I had not seen in ages. I divested of many things, but kept what I want to work with now. Here in the new place, supplies are out on shelves in my new, consolidated work space, where I can see all the inspirational colors, textures, bits and pieces that I’m looking forward to making up into new projects.
For my first batch of creative color in Wyoming, I got the alcohol inks out and started with them on metal. I made colorful sheets of 30 ga. aluminum and cut 4″x4″ squares for sale to other designers as well as larger pieces for me to use. Once I cut up the larger pieces, I now have quite a few 2″x4″ pieces, shown at right, to experiment with using embossing powders and polymer clay. That comes next!
Shown below is what I cut out of one of them; enough for several pairs of earrings, pendants, or parts in a necklace.The two pieces at far right show how little was left over from cutting up this swatch.
In addition to jewelry, I have plans to make laser cut boxes of colorful wood that will feature ink art inlays. I’ll show them off here when I get them made. Now that I have a studio with lots of light, a good internet connection, and plenty of room to take create and pictures of new work, I will post more often. Check back soon to see what I do with the pieces shown below.
We’re filing jointly, my sweetie and me. I don’t mean American tax money though, I’m talkin’ Swiss….Swiss files, that is. The 00 Habilis half rounds, in particular. I love the one I’ve had for several years now–it is a beautifully made tool that gets the job done and gives my metal a lovely edge, takes down corners, gets rid of the pointy parts on wires–whatever task, this file does a great job of it with a good fit in my hand and requiring less effort than the small files I also have but now rarely use.
I like it so much, and my To-Do pile of filing has grown so large that I got another one for my husband, and we’re going to spend afternoons in the backyard filing together for a while ’till I get caught up with the earrings, pendants and bracelet pieces.
We got two of them for Tinkermill (we can take ours in and have a filing party!) and one for a friend of mine. I’ve been doing a lot of etching metal and working with patinas and inks, so there is a lot of colorful and textural fun going on to help me enjoy the filing and sanding parts–a good finish is part of making a good product. So we will be getting into the groove together.
With care these will last a lifetime, so we’ll be taking the edge off for a long time with these!
habilis files available through Otto Frei