New art projects – happy shoes and pendant

This post is the fourth in a five part series. To see earlier posts, click on
1. Starting up at Tafe again
2. Tafe Jewellery Fundamentals
3. Tafe Pendant

I’ve had one of those stressful days where, for one reason and another, I’ve spent most of it feeling like I can’t catch my breath. So, when a friend suggested catching up at art group at MIFSA, I was pretty happy to schedule in some chill-out time. And I got a new pair of shoes started! These ones are for me, after this pair I’ll set up a new page on this blog and open for orders. 😀 

The paints have an iridescent medium mixed in so the colours are all awesome and sparkly. I can’t wait to have them done and wear them out! 

My TAFE final project – worth 70% of my grade, is also coming along well. I only have one more studio session left to finish it in, but I think I’ll make it. I also have to finish off the journal and backup work sometime  before Thursday… feeling the pressure a little bit! 

Here it is: a rose petal in silver. The long ‘tail’ on it will be pulled to the back in a curl, the chain will go through that loop to suspend it. The surface has been polished and then hammered to give it that lovely ripple effect – I think it looks like light catching ripples on water. One edge has been curled down and the other curled up, and a little fluted to give it a natural look. 

The reverse I spent an hour emerying all the tool marks and scratches out of it and then polished to a mirror shine. We have to have one highly polished surface at least to show that we have learned this skill. So, this Thursday I will be bending the loop, engraving a line from a poem – that’s proving difficult to choose! – and then repolish and clean the whole piece until it’s blindingly shiny and I can submit it for assessment. Nothing to it!

See the final product here!

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