Chasing Textures

It feels like forever ago that I wrote the tutorial about chasing over air here on Hammermarks. (Looks like it was actually 4 1/2 years ago…) So do I still use this technique? Do I have work utilizing it that you can buy? Why, Yes, Yes, & Yes!

Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 nickel, brass 12"h x 8"w x 5.75"d $1130.00
Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 nickel, brass 12″h x 8″w x 5.75″d $1130.00

I’ve used this technique for a number of pieces’ overall texture which I then cut-up and reassemble, like:

Scabrous Bllom ©2015 nickel, brass 8.5″h x 6″w x 6.25″d $715.00 available through JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA

or these two available through my website:

Downrush ©2014 nickel, brass, wood 12″h x 8″w x 2″d $1030.00
Maelstrom ©2013 copper, brass
Maelstrom ©2013 copper, brass 4.75″h x 6″w x 6.5″d $2015.00

Perhaps you’d prefer jewelry…

JAM jewelry
These pieces are available at the JAM Gallery in Malvern, PA’s Winter Exhibition.
These pieces are at Handmade Holidays 6 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA
These pieces are at Handmade Holidays 6 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA

So as you can see, chasing over air has been a technique that’s served me well.

Handmade Holidays 6 Opens Next Weekend

Untitled Necklace ©2015 WTEK brass, copper
Untitled Necklace ©2015 WTEK brass, copper

Once you’re done with the turkey and the madness of Black Friday is over, it’s time for Small Business Saturday. This where your localized holiday shopping should begin. Along with my work at JAM Gallery’s Holiday Show, you can find my jewelry at this year’s Handmade Holidays 6 boutique show at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA.

Along with my jewelry, you’ll find a variety of fine craft from a number of local and regional artists, many of whom are members of the PA Guild of Craftsmen.

The opening is on Small Business Saturday (November 28th) from 1-4pm and continues through the season with Special Holiday gallery hours beginning November 28th. Tuesday-Saturday 11 am-4pm

Call Me Hephaestus…

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side by side 3/8″ nickel rod: original condition vs Wendy condition ©2015 WTEK

Yesterday I was able to sneak in some studio time. I have a million ideas that I want to work on, so it was hard focusing on just one. I’m trying to finish up that sculpture I started in the Spring, so I decided that was what needed working on. (I did manage to squeeze in time to work on a pattern for the base of a larger bowl-like piece I want to start on soon, though.)

That pattern I snuck in
That pattern I snuck in, it will have a shallower bowl ©2015 WTEK

Basically what I have left to work on for this sculpture is the base. So I cut out the bronze to wrap around it and I FORGED NICKEL. Yes, that’s right, I FORGED NICKEL.

Edges of the two rods ©2015 WTEK
Edges of the two rods ©2015 WTEK

I cold forged 3/8″ rod using my sledge and a little anvil I have that bounced around a little during the process. I know, what is wrong with me? My forearm is asking that same question this morning. I admit, I didn’t overly forge it. Next I have to drill it and file it into shape. That won’t be too much fun either. Plus, no hammers.

I still need to finish the connectors for the base walls, rivet that rod onto the main pieces, attach the two pieces to each other, then set it all into concrete. This piece it full of complications for me, which is probably why I feel the need to start on that giant bowl-ish thing. I know exactly how to do that piece already!

The base in progress ©2015 WTEK
The base in progress ©2015 WTEK
An idea of what it will look like ©2015 WTEK
An idea of what it will look like ©2015 WTEK