|©2014 Vickie Hallmark|
Argentium sterling silver and amethyst
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Thursday, May 01, 2014
©2010 Vickie Hallmark
watercolor, acrylic, ink, collage on paper
You can read about my process for making the journal here. See the full set of images on my website.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The most popular item on my display during both wholesale shows earlier this year was the 7 Leaf Cuff shown below. I thought it might be interesting to show how this bracelet is made.
|7 leaf cuff|
The right and left curving leaf master models were made by hand in sterling silver metal clay, with my signature leaf vine texture. After firing in the kiln in two different stages as high as 1500ºF, the pieces are reduced to sterling silver. After polishing to provide the best surface, they are soldered to metal attachment rods called sprues and then molded with heat curing rubber. The rubber molds are cut open along the edges to remove the masters and then wax is injected into the molds repeatedly.
|7 leaf cuff components|
|7 leaf cuff fused flat|
Thursday, April 10, 2014
As I increase my production for galleries, I'm working on new systems in the studio to keep me organized. This is mostly a trial and error process. I tried compiling all the orders for a certain time period into a single list, at first handwritten and then input to a Word document with photos to make it visual. That at least gave me a total count when I was making a particular item. I tried printing it out and checking off items as I completed them. It was functional, but I decided that I craved some more tangible measure of progress.
|order board first day|
|order board second day|
Monday, March 10, 2014
As I play more and more with black oxidized silver, I've found myself craving gold. For years I've collected images of jewelry from artists that I admire which features the pop of bright gold with black. It's one of my favorite color combos.
So I finally dove in. I ordered a single ounce of fine gold casting grain to combine with some unused 14k gold rings from the jewelry box to combine for 22k casting. From this investment I have a collection of birds, flowers and leaves to try out in some new jewelry.
©2014 Vickie Hallmark
Argentium sterling silver, 22k gold
Here are the first few things I tried. First, a simple pair of earrings with birds in the treetops, obviously goldfinches. I've learned that I need to redo my models and molds, as these gold birds are much thicker (and more expensive) than they need to be.
©2014 Vickie Hallmark
22k and 18k gold
And I also made a pair of plain gold leaf studs, where I added 18k gold posts and nuts (my first time to solder gold, which went smoothly).
Friday, March 07, 2014
I'm finally giving priority to getting the online shop up and running, rather than continuing to handle purchase inquiries one by one. The test shop is open, although not linked seamlessly yet, and not perfectly matched in appearance.
So far, only the affordable flock collection from my jewelry line appears there. I'll be adding more just as soon as I can. I have it set up so that clicking on any individual image takes you to the shop page for that item.
Please drop in to see the new shop and let me know what you think!