Me and my kiln...

11/19/2014

 
...finally understand each other.  It only took me 11 months to figure it out without pulling out the manual so I had to celebrate at 8am with this post!  This beautiful students ring was cast later and sent to my jeweler for the stone settings, isn't it fabulous!!
 

Mask Lariat

11/03/2014

 
Pam wanted to come in and finish her large mask piece she carved and cast into silver in Lars casting class.  She created 3 independent pieces that needed to be soldered together with a chain through the loop part.  Pam loves mask's and I love her design!  We also water casted her scrap silver then assembled and soldered the pieces into this beautiful pendant!  It was a productive private class!
 
 
 
 
This is a day that goes in the record books for me! I have never had this many students in one day! It started out with 20 something high school students coming down from a charter school in Ogden, then had 2 of my sailor buddies make a pendant and a ring, and to finish the day I started a casting class that evening with 4 more students! It was a high energy day with great tons of creative output! You can believe I slept well that night!
 

Birthday surprise

08/31/2011

 
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My cool friend Wendy's girlfriend Olivia contacted me about making a ring with puzzle pieces on it. I am always game to try something new so she came over and talked about the options and decided it should be done lost wax casting style. Olivia got to work carving the wax and it looked great! I will post a photo of the finished casted piece after Wendy gets it since her birthday is in a few weeks and it is a surprise... Here is Olivia hard at work...

 

Joy in the studio!

07/13/2011

 
My friend and fellow Sundance Artist Joy wanted to make some wedding bands for some friends of hers and came and spent a few hours in the studio. I taught her how to carve the design into the wax and she created matching bands for the bride and groom. The design was at the request of the couple and was symbolic for them - mountains and a river. Joy created a simple but beautiful design and I am excited to see it cast into silver! Good Job Joy!
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What's on my bench

06/01/2011

 
I have been on a water casting kick for a while now. The unpredictable beautiful forms that happen in the process are so amazing and kind-of addicting, I just want to keep making more! I had picked out some rare occurring shapes and paired them up to make some special earrings for my dear friends Angela and Amy. The earrings are one of a kind like my beautiful friends.
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Just finished the casting class and some cool stuff came out, check this out! I missed taking photos of a bunch of the great projects, I must get better about that...
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