Thursday, December 23, 2010
PMC Pro silver clay is significantly stronger than the other Silver Metal Clays making it the ideal choice for rings and functional components such as clasps, hinges and prongs.
PMC Pro is made of 90%silver, 10% copper alloy, water and organic binder. It has to be fired in a kiln at 760°C for 1 hour embedded in coconut shell–based activated carbon. This is because of the copper content having to be fired in an oxygen free environment. I purchased some from http://www.metalclay.com.au/ and made a simple flat band adjustable ring to try it out.
This is the fired ring. The left hand side has been burnished with a soft brass brush. The right side appears grey just as it came out of the kiln.
This is the ring formed on a mandrel. It is strong despite being fairly thin (3 cards thick). I’m giving PMC Pro a thumbs up and will experiment more after the holidays.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
This is Little Salmon Bay. Here you can step off the beach into pristine waters and see dozens of fish and colourful coral.
This is an Osprey on her nest.
I saw a Dugite which is a very venomous snake. It was over a metre long. It was just lying in the sun under a cliff. You have to be wary of these snakes, looking out for them while walking along the footpaths. Generally they will disappear if they hear you coming.
Quokkas are in abundance, you see these little marsupials everywhere.
Yummy lunch at Aristos before catching the ferry back to the mainland.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Sunday, December 05, 2010
A couple of weekends ago I was invited to give a display and sell my jewellery at a friend’s house. There were about eight of us who were allocated a space throughout the house. I had the dinning room table and set up my silver and polymer jewellery on it. We all had invited friends and family to call in during the day to shop for Christmas presents. We had a steady stream of people popping in and everyone had good sales.
Someone looking at my polymer pendants
Textile Items for sale
Friday, December 03, 2010
Here a couple waiting to go into the bath.
I think the students did really well.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
I have a bead with some leaf canes applique. I painted conductive paint around the edges of the leaf canes. The copper is very bright so I’ll play with some patina soon.
This experiment is conductive paint around the rim of a polymer bowl shape and then stripes down toward the centre.
I quite like this one, if I add a bead in the centre it would make a nice ring.
Friday, November 26, 2010
This is my first experiment. I dug out some old polymer beads, these are Premo pearl clay with a smidgen of silver foils, alcohol inked and have a coating of Kato liquid clay over them.
Next, following some of the swirls on the beads I painted on some graphite paint.
I threaded the beads on thin copper wire and suspended them over the plastic container and made sure they didn’t touch the sides. Then they went into the electroforming solution.
I connected up the terminals to the control unit and turned on the current.
After 3 hours the copper had been deposited where I had painted the graphite. I have yet to take the beads off the wires. I might patina the copper.
On the whole I am pleased with the result for a first try. I‘ll have another play tomorrow.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Yanchep/Two Rocks hasn’t got a community gallery so artists like Angie juggle an exhibition between immunisation clinics, play group and dance classes.
Angie’s work involves photographs and scans of everyday objects which she manipulates in Adobe Photoshop. The exhibition was inspired by the beautiful beaches and surrounds of Yanchep.
Monday, November 15, 2010
New Road.... Lancelin to Cervantes
Monday, October 25, 2010
I'll be driving up on the newly completed Indian Ocean Drive which officially opened in September. This road links Perth’s Northern suburbs with WA’s coastal towns. Maybe I'll take my camera with me as there is a competition for photgraphs taken along the new road to encourage tourism.