Monthly Archives: March 2014


Last week I finished sawing the inside and outside of the copper tree. I sawed out the black inner piece from a warped vinyl record. The back metal is red brass.


Saw Pierced Tree

Saw Pierced Tree

To get more skillful at using the jeweler’s saw, I chose a random drawing from my sketchbook, traced over it with a graphite pencil, transferred this to a sheet of label stock and then attached this to a small piece of leftover copper. The real reason for doing this is to distract myself from the fact that A) there is a mouse running loose in my studio and B) the cat is trying to capture it.

When I locate the original doodle, I will post it here along with more photos of how the piece is progressing. I will not be posting results of the other scenario described above.

Sterling Metal Clay: PMC3 plus PMC Sterling


Celie Fago posted the results of her year of experiments with combining equal amounts of PMC3 and PMC Sterling clay. Celie’s blog explains this in more detail, but this combination of clays can be fired on an open shelf (no messy carbon!) at 1500 degrees F for 1 hour. This is the most exciting development in metal clays in a long time.

Often I wait for new trends to settle and let others experiment before I try new techniques or materials, but Celie was quite confident about the strength and ease of this combination. I immediately tried it and used the result to make the earrings above. The flower components are the new sterling combination, riveted to a backing of patinaed nickel silver sheet metal.


Experimental Photos of Bronze Earrings


Digital photography is definitely not my forte. Each day I learn a bit more about it so that I hate it less and less.

These earrings were both made using Metal Adventures BronzClay. I like BronzClay better than Fast Fire Bronze Clay. The BronzClay has a better working feel to it. The Fast Fire Bronze (or FFB) feels grainy, gritty  and crumbly and dries out quickly. I’ve had better sintering results with BronzClay, whereas FFB sometimes – seemingly for an unknown reason – fails to sinter completely.

Needle Arts magazine cover

Sally Mavor’s work has always blown me away. Beautiful artistry and handwork.



I returned from our trip to Cuba (see posts here) to find my Birds on the cover of the March issue of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America’s Needle Arts Magazine! Of course, I knew about the article, but I was unaware that my piece would be on the cover, so it was a nice surprise. Thank you, Shirley Wozena, for describing my work so well in the article. Mary Corbet’s Needle N’Thread blog has a post about this issue and EGA in general.

It is gratifying to know that many of the magazine’s readers have been introduced to my work for the first time. The article shows photos of the process of making the Birds of Beebe Woods, which are the some of the same pictures I’ve shared on this blog. I’ve heard from people who want to know if I have instructions or a kit to make their own…

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