April 22nd, 2009


Firebirds and Ammonites Oh My

I just finished the wax of the firebird . Making the prongs was a lot like painting with the end of a pin. Small prongs, when they have to be aesthetically precisely placed, always feel difficult, no matter how many timers I've done them.

I will put a photo up of the piece after it's done and Diana who commissioned it has received it. There's no way I know to photograph waxes effectively. They just look like purple stuff. For most people, even it they see them in person, they're very hard to read. The material is dark and flat and the details don't show very well. Part of making waxes is visualizing how they'll look in silver, all of the time you're working on them. For me it's automatic. I think it's one of the reason's I took to black and white photography so easily. Then I'm looking through a view finder at real life color and seeing black and white.

And my left thumb is continuing to improve. It's recovering from a nasty 5 stitch cut it got a couple of months ago, . I've been working on breaking up the last of the scar tissue by rubbing it hard with a small jade beach stone I picked up at Big Sur. Any stone would do, but i like the texture of the jade, at least in theory. I need to rub the scar hard enough to hurt so in reality the texture is only noticeable before and after.

I'm thinking about making ammonite earrings. I made a ammonite pendant that I was really happy with. You can see it here on Body Impolitic. It found an excellent home when I was at Norwescon in Seattle. I don't seem to be finished with ammonites yet, I've been thinking about the earrings for a while.