Saturday, June 25, 2011
|the bell is finished|
images taken 17/06/11...This is one of 3 bells that I want to make as part of my Ballerina series, trying to get this bell together was probably the best challenge I have had in a while....and as usual because things were very intense during this process, I did not document all the things that happened. The setting of the Ballerina on to her skirt was a design issue that I sorted out when I made the spin ring. The inserting of the bell was another story.
I tried so many things, riveting, jump rings... etc I even considered jewellers 'adhesive'... but in the end even though is will never be seen, I made a pierced unit with claws, that is set in place by the tube that comes through the centre of the skirt and sets the ballerina and skirt together. I set a dome on top of the bell, with a tab which has the 925 and my scv stamp on it, and then set it with the claws on the inside of the skirt. I will get better and neater by the third bell...I'm sure. And it works... the knocker, is a silver heart which comes from earrings that I make.
I little background on these elements, the skirt my friend Carla made, and the bell was a brass-bell (which I silver plated) from a strand of bells that I have had since I was a teenager living at home. The ballerina was cast and adapted from one of those plastic cake decorations. So each object has become a found object that I have combined together. Even though I had the skirts made for this series they feel like found objects to me.
The reason for bells in this series, sound...music...the bell to mark the beginning and end of my ballet exams as a child... and I have always had a variety of bell in my life for some reason...
Any way this is my process, I have all the enamelled hearts pinned behind me on a board and then remove them to make one, when finished I pin them up on the board in front of my bench. I prefer seeing what I have done, rather then what I have to do. Mentally I think it's a more positive and less daunting to see what I have achieved. When I took these images I was busy with names beginning with...g....
I did have a little bit of a brain faff and thought that I should start making these hearts at random, I was worried that one of two things could happen...either I run out of ideas by the last few letters of the alphabet or the works get more intense when I get to the end. Should I make the work randomly to avoid this melt down or build-up, so that everything looks even and balanced???? Well I decided to carry on in alphabetical order, no matter what the out come. I think it will be a good insight into my design progression or regression...
|This is the enamelled side the copper was burnt after the first layer of enamel, which has left these intense dark patches.|
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Posted by Samantha Vincent at 22:12