Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cuttlefish Casting

I've been meaning to try casting with cuttlefish bone for some time and I finally got everything together so here is my first attempt. 

 

I used reclaimed sterling silver from a variety of sources after testing it first for silver content if it wasn't marked. 

I'm glad the first piece I did turned out because the next three didn't and I might have given up.  I learned from the flops, though, and as soon as I get some more cuttlebone I'll be at it again.  One of the things I learned is that the stench of burned cuttlefish bone doesn't leave the studio for hours!!! so next time I'll do this outside.

Monday, May 1, 2017

That didn't take long!

So over a year ago I moved from my lake into a little house in town. It was a really tough decision but it made sense in so many ways. I confess that I miss the lake a lot but I feel really good about the downsizing. 

When I moved I said I would be revamping my blog so I'm finally doing it. I hadn't been posting because I kept meaning to do this first. I'm trying colours that are different for me and getting away from the lake theme I had before I moved so this design is a work in progress.  We'll see how it develops.

My little house had no room for a studio and only a small space in the yard to build one. So, thinking it would save time and money, I bought a garden shed kit and converted it into a studio.  FYI, by the time I had the wiring, insulation, drywall, roofing, skirting, and replacing doors done as well as adding a small deck, I did not save time or money.   But it's done and I love it!  It's only one third the size of my lakeside studio (just 8' x 12') but it's cozy and efficient.  So come on in for a tour.  It won't take long!


View from the main door.

I'll try not to wait so long for my next post!