my newest metal piece

I used heat to color this brooch and a tube tivet to hold it together.

copper, steel, pearl, bullion, heat patina

I finished this brooch last night at my metals class at USI. We have been exploring repousse and chasing, as well as heat patinas. This is sealed with microcrystaline wax and it seemed to hold the patina well. A tube rivet holds it all together. The back plate is a torched speghetti jar lid. I am excited about the use of steel in my work and have found a great resource in jar lids.

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yard art

My good friend and fellow – sweet trash artist snuck into my backyard. snapped pictures and wrote about it in here entry on neighborhood art. I am reposting it here today. :O)

when life gives you…emptied beer bottle in the lot next door you make…

Squirrels and Tomatoes

There’s a lot of art in my neighborhood. Some is easy to find, but some of my favorites are in surprising locations. Take the giant dragonfly on Washington Avenue, for instance.

What? You’ve never seen it? Me either until I started talking to a couple who were harvesting produce in Patchwork’s garden. They told me they live in the house with the giant dragonfly on the tree out front. I didn’t remember ever seeing it, but the next day I looked and there it was–a giant dragonfly on a tree!

How could I have missed it? Pretty cool!

There’s also the sculpture garden next to Billy and Tom’s house that I’ve written about before and all of the great art around Patchwork including a new “Driftwood Orb” created by kids this summer during our sculpture weeks. It’s in Patchwork’s little side park and looks great in the natural setting.

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I want my share…now

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give me my portion, now

from prodigal’s rings series

I want my share now

quarter, silver plated bread knife blade, acorn, brass tube rivet

the story… “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

Once, while walking through a wood

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this brooch was inspired by an odd find. While pumping gas, I noticed something on the ground. It was some gansta’s grill he had lost. In my metals studio this became a picket fence of sorts in a landscape. Bezel wrapped mother of pearl, brass splash from a lost wax casting, aluminum spill spike and a bezel set stone remind me of a nighttime walk in a strange forest.