Thursday, May 6, 2010

FURTHER COLLABORATION







I realized this past year, I have not been using the right torch for soldering. Can you beat that. All qualified German metalworkers (past and present) are required to and can use the mouth blowpipe soldering torch, which believe me, is almost impossible to master if you are a hobbyist like me. By the way, that is the source of oxygen for the flame. You have to learn how to breath through the nose while blowing out at the same time. I tried till I was blue in the face and giddy, but the flame is uselessly low. I bought the Little Torch last year and it's takes patience to get used to it. Why? Each time I ignite the torch, I have to wait for it to settle to the 'right' flame - that takes at least five minutes. Lots of wasted time...


Anyway last week I told Elizabeth Prior about the mouth blowpipe and she commented that she thought "the mouthpiece died out in the 1800s". Hahaha!! I like that. She herself has been using handheld for the past 35 years - oops, am I revealing her age - and bearing her handheld torch in mind, I started to search in my German supplier's catalogue for a similar torch. Found and ordered one two days ago, I can't wait for it to arrive. Not that I shall be efficient in my metalwork just because I have a 'proper' soldering torch - it is just the beginning of a long but exciting journey. 


Here is the ring I completed recently. Yes, this geometric design is very Moorish influenced. Most people ask me if I make a bead and then saw it in half - no, I do not do that. It is a cabochon from the very beginning - there is no way you can  saw so exact and not disturb the design. 



MOORISH RING
925 sterling silver matt finish










MAD HATTER SERIES, CABOCHON
My new collaborative work with Elizabeth Prior

I am most delighted to say that Elizabeth and I shall be continuing our collaboration after all. She shall be setting most of my Moorish designs cabs into rings and pendants as well as my new Mad Hatter cabochon series. Here are the first batch of Mad Hatter cabochons on their way to Elizabeth in Maine. Our collaborative work will be presented at my booth at the Bead & Button Show 2010 next month. 

Some new black-and-white beads I made this week. All lentil beads are large, about 26mm to 35mm in diameter. The best part about preparing for any event allows me to make as many similarly designs/color combinations as I like till I get fed up with it. Then I have the pleasure to move on to the next passion.

I HEART YOU
this heart is made with opaque red









I HEART YOU
reverse side
FALLING IN LOVE
hearts also made with opaque red
FALLING IN LOVE
reverse side

FLOWERS FOR YOU

FLOWERS FOR YOU
reverse side

FALLING IN LOVE
these are made with transparent red.

UNTITLED

UNTITLED

UNTITLED










SMILES AND DIMPLES
47CM (18.5") necklace with 20 lampwork beads




Close- up of SMILES AND DIMPLES


THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
measures 40x30mm
Reverse side, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS


SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST
39x27mm
Reverse side, SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST


GETTING OVER THE GATE
measures 41x29mm










Reverse side, GETTING OVER THE GATE


ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND
measures 41x31mm
Reverse side, ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND