Sunday, July 01, 2012

New Designs: Fuchsias

I'm revisiting fuchsia flowers, with which I have a periodic history. Everytime I see them in the nursery here in the spring, I have flashbacks to a patio full of them when we lived in California. Luckily, I snap out of it and remind myself that I now live under the Texas death star.

fuchsia earring sketches
 Yesterday, while drawing up some new simpler earring designs, I thought that maybe fuchsias would be fun and possibly easier to make than birds. Notice the bud shape on the pair of earrings to the right -- I think that's where the idea came from. My birds are hand-formed, and they just keep getting more and more detailed. To make some lower cost earrings, I need to cut my labor down.

fuchsia flowers & leave (& 1 bud)
hand formed from fine silver clay
waiting to be cleaned and fired
Fuchsias were easier to do that I thought they might be, after I ran through several experiments on  how to make the sepals and petals. Today I will make the stamens, fire the flowers, and then try fusing the fine silver onto the argentium bases.

2 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing the finished pieces. You've really captured my attention with Argentium, even more intrigued after seeing your new pieces in person. These look like they're bound to be a lovely series too...

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    1. Thanks, Wanaree! Lots of new work coming. Thinking hard about how to present this.

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