Saturday, December 10, 2016
But a while ago my favorite blog, (thebeadedmolecules.blogspot.com) showed a picture of the 8 possible convex deltahedrons ( ie convex shapes made exclusively from equilateral triangles) and one of them was essentially my 5 tet circle but without a hub tube at the center. That got me thinking, and in the new piece I left out some of the hubs where I could. Just leaving out 5 tubes made it fit together much better.
The other change I made was where the necklace curves around your neck at the back. You can take a tetrahelix and go off in a new direction that's about a 30 or 40 degree change (I've never measured it). I did 2 such jogs in the bottom piece to get to the clasp. It's fine, but I wasn't entirely happy with the sharpish corners that stick out. So in the new piece I made the tetrahelix curve by simply shortening the inside tubes, and it makes a smoother finish.
I'm really enjoying working with gold tubes. I think the contrast with the dark silver accentuates the geometry nicely. What I have to be careful about, though, is that the high cost of the gold tubing has a tendency to make me more conservative about what I make.Starting out, most of my gold pieces, like this one, are variations on designs that I already know I like. But if it works, I'm sure I'll get braver.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
This weekend I'll have the jewelry at the Gainesville Downtown Art Festival. Also I'm showing work in 2 gallery shows for the next few months. The Guildord Art Center in Guilford, CT has a show called Artistry that starts tomorrow and lasts through January; and the Ann Arbor Art Center in Ann Arbor, MI has a show called Art Off the Wall, starting in a few weeks and also lasting through January. I'll have work in both shows. Stop by if you get the chance.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
This was not a case of not liking the original piece; I actually liked it a lot. My intent when I made it was to use it as a jury shot, as it was rather big and dramatic. But I absolutely could not get it to photograph well (and I took a million pics). The top pic is the best I got, and the gold doesn't stand out against the black well at all. Also, photographing it straight on like that you don't get a good sense of the 3D-ness and it's hard to judge the size. So even though I liked the piece a lot, it wasn't doing what I wanted it to do.
That wouldn't have caused me to redo it, except for one thing. I realized after looking at it for a
So I redid it, and was quite pleased with the results.But that still left the photography problem. I took lots of pics, basically redoing all the mistakes I had made with the original necklace. Photographing it on the black form was the best way to get a sense of the size and dimensionality. But for some reason that I fail to understand, whenever I did that, even in the same room and under the same light conditions as the other shots, I got a picture that waymore washed out. Finally, I turned out all the lights, so I only had indirect light from the window, and dialed back the exposure to make it even darker--and it worked. I think it shows off the piece quite well. No idea why.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
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Monday, May 16, 2016
A while ago American Craft magazine had an article about the artist Wendell Castle, and it included a list of his artist rules to live by. One that struck me particularly was " If you're hitting bullseyes every time, the target's too close."Recently, I've been trying to produce some pieces with some more drama and impact to them. One way to do that is with size. I did a post about that not too long ago, comparing 2 oxidized silver and stone pieces with a sawtoothed edge. There I felt that by making the sawtooths considerably bigger I had produced a more interesting necklace. I've been trying to do that with another concept. Back when I was working mostly with seed beads I did a series of pieces I called "links". Each necklace was composed of a series of open trapezoid shapes with a stem and toggle on one end, so that each could be joined to the next. First I did plain links, and then I started to embellish them.
You could add or subtract links to change a necklace. I really liked that series, and I've wondered about making links out of oxidized silver tubes. They would necessarily be a lot bigger. I've worked on that idea for past few weeks, but haven't been able to make it work. Here's my final version.