In September of this year the touring Bodywork exhibition, or to give it its…
PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Outline of project, purpose/goal:
This project is to create and complete rocket rings,
and at least one RedHerring ring by chasing/repousse and shaping
into organic, low relief pieces that, hopefully, will appeal to more than the Sardine Tin which has a way of consuming me.
The sale of these unique rings will support themselves and the purchase of enough equipment to enable me to continue this in my own studio.
Start date of project and duration:
September 2013 - Mid December 2013
The project will begin Mid September 2013...and be completed in December, during intense Wednesdays and Tuesdays, days and evenings, and whenever else I can steal time.
I am so pressed for time,that I am not thinking to snap photos of all I'm running into,but I'm still going to keep you up to date.I learned the value of paying attention to solder selection:That was one shop day. The following shop day I was going to learn to dome using a dapping block.The ring on the top left in the photo is the one I flattened and brought back to life!In spite of all this, I am making good progress!Continue
My soldering has improved greatly.Solder has been flowing nicely.I learned well that I need to flood the solder into these things....I'll show you below what happened with the first ones.Since there seems to be only one #2 Smith torch tip in class...the one that is best for these rings,I did learn that a tip can be too small and it can be too big.Having the right tip, the right heat makes the soldering work so much better.OK....remember the "Rings of Problems" post?Here's my first run in with what happened inside...between the two rings.So THAT'S what happens!OK.<br.No, it won't fall apart, but it's still not good.I have…Continue
The three days of the Fall Art Tour takes a lot of me.This week I feel closer my center than I've been....so back to the RocketRings.When I made the very first ones,I had some flooding of the cutoutsdue to too much solder.I thought I would prevent the floodingby using tinier solder pieces, frugally.....which caused other problems.Part of how I wind up learning so muchis by making so many mistakes...(not on purpose, mind you)but I wind up learning a whole lot more...thoroughly.Also my way of solving a problem I'm new to,like avoiding the flooding of cutoutsis more than likely NOT the way to avoid the problem,but of creating different ones which would never be covered or talked about in class until they were right there in front of you.....by accident...FireScale...Pits...& Gaps.....Oh, My!…Continue
I've NOT vanished,I've just survived an intense three day weekendof the Fall Art Tour here in SouthWest Wisconsin.I was Artist #19.Three plus weeks behind because of the poison ivy,I'm still entertaining visitors who have been coming back for another look around the studio.So YESTERDAYI was able to get back to the RocketRings,although I forgot to bring my camera to the metal shop, I did snap one with my cell phone.OH, my...it was a very good learning day for mepainful, but one that pretty much made sure I will never do any of what I did again!In my own studio now, I'll take pictures,and explain WHAT it was that I was doing WRONG,and what I've now got with these first three,that I'm going to try to pull through.I knew there would be some problemssince I'm not set up to do a lot of this in my own studio, and for the time being, practice is impossible.Bringing only three of the rings to completion was smart.…Continue
I wish I was better at documenting what I've been doing. I get going, needing to make efficient use of my time, and just forget about the picture taking until I complete a step.I'm not as proficient as I'd like to be,which would give some ease and thinking space.I am learning fast though.My measuring was pretty good.I didn't have to coax the outside rings too much to get them to fit but, I need to rethink how to go about giving dimension to the rockets. I think the rawhide mallet tapping for stretchingsacrificed some of what I was looking at before. Ha! rethinking is a nice idea. What WILL will happen is after I solder the outside to the…Continue