Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pieces from horn, bone and shell

On Friday I started to make some jewellery from: buffalo horn; an old knife; beef bone; and pearl shell.

Over the weekend I got to finish most of the pieces.

I love the deep almost black colour of the buffalo horn. Silver and shell contrast so well against it.

©2017 Barry Smith - Buffalo horn pendants (about 4-4.5cm longhand .5cm thick)
©2017 Barry Smith - Buffalo horn earrings
©2017 Barry Smith - Buffalo horn pendants
©2017 Barry Smith - Buffalo horn pendant with silver embellishments
The old knife became a pendant with silver embellishments. The handle with the steel running through it also resulted in 3 pair of earrings.

©2017 Barry Smith - Knife handle earrings
©2017 Barry Smith - Knife handle pendant
I still love upcycling the beef bones we saved. A couple of pendants got finished with beach glass and stones; and a simple pair of earrings.

©2017 Barry Smith - Bone, stone and pale glass
©2017 Barry Smith - Bone, stone and dark green glass
©2017 Barry Smith - Bone earrings
The segments of pearl shell resulted in a simple classic pendant and a pair of earrings.

©2017 Barry Smith - Pearl drop pendant (about 5cm long and 2-3mm thick)
©2017 Barry Smith - Pearl drop earrings (about 2cm long)
The knife pendant and earrings will go off to a family member; and some of the horn, bone and shell pieces will make their way into my online Shop.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Buffalo horn and other bits

As part of the beginning of the year clean and cull I came across some odd bits and pieces I had collected or been given for making stuff out of. Some I have already used but others not.

©2017 Barry Smith - Detail of the starting material
Today I decided use:  bone I had cleaned and bleached; some pearl shell I was given about 25 years ago and used in part many years ago; some buffalo horn I was given about 7 years ago by a guy who had collected it in the NT about 40 years ago; and a bone handled knife I was asked to cut up and create some plain memory filled jewellery from.

©2017 Barry Smith - Material described about
I knew roughly that I was going to use the bits to create simple objects: pendants and earrings. The first task is cutting - and let me say that cutting bone, pearl shell and buffalo horn needs to be done in a well ventilated area and wearing a good dust mask as the fine particles are do good for the lungs at all. Cutting these materials with a fine saw takes time but enables one to get quite a few pieces from the product and still have material left over.

©2017 Barry Smith - Pieces cut
©2017 Barry Smith - Leftovers for another day
Same with the drilling of holes for pegs, embellishments and earwires; and the sanding of the cut pieces - double masks required - fine fine dust.

©2017 Barry Smith - Drilled and sanded
But the end results were good to see. I haven't used buffalo horn before - but I really like its dark texture. The horn needed a lot of grinding to get the old layers of dirt and cracked horn off.

©2017 Barry Smith - Potentially 3 pair of earrings and one pendant from the knife handle
©2017 Barry Smith - Potentially 4 pendants and a pair of earrings
©2017 Barry Smith - Potentially 5 pendants and a pair of earrings
I now need to do the final grinding and polishing of the edges before assembling the pies - but that will happen over the weekend.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Filaments and fragments

A few days of rain followed by heat and sunshine is all it takes for nature to go ballistic. I believe I can hear the grass and weeds growing on the block; as well as all the flowers and fruits or course.

©2017 Barry Smith - Detail of a common passionfruit flower
On my walk this morning I was particularly aware of the delicate flower filaments, small-micro  flowers and fragments of colour.

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©2017 Barry Smith - Pink clusters of micro blossoms
©2017 Barry Smith - Bit of micro purple
©2017 Barry Smith - Light and texture of a weed's flower
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©2017 Barry Smith - Petals on a painted fence railing
©2017 Barry Smith - Colour in the wet grass
I think I have commented in the past that one of the things I like about the iPhone camera is that it not only encourages me to pause and look more closely at nature and texture; but also it actually magnifies the small details and enables me to see what I normally would be able to with the naked eye.

Beauty to behold on a cool Wednesday morning!!!!!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Culling, cleaning and rearranging

The January cull and clean of our stuff has now extended into our studios as well.

I have made an attempt to get about 6 months of unsorted objects in the studio-garage into categories and on shelves so that I can begin to create in earnest.

©2017 Barry Smith - Stash of solid medium to large brass rings
©2017 Barry Smith - One of the shelves of copper soldering irons
I then moved into the jewellery space and have made significant inroads into cleaning out all my storage cupboards; and swapped Fiona a desk for a bookcase and shelf as part of the rearrange.

©2017 Barry Smith  - One section of the jewellery space before culling and cleaning.
©2017 Barry Smith - Another section of the space culled and cleaned with Fiona's shelf in place
The rearranging has impacted on the goods in the online Shop. Normally these would be just mixed in with the other items that are in our 601mvr studio-gallery shop.  I swapped a secondhand solar hot-water system for two second hand glass display cabinets. This has enabled me to set up an online Shop storage-display area near the jewellery space and studio-garage. This will keep the items separated and ready for packing if sold. Visitors to our place of course can see: the online Shop goods displayed; and what is in the 601mvr shop.

©2017 Barry Smith - Three display cases with online Shop items and some of Fiona's collection of artists' books
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I think there is about another half a day of culling, cleaning and rearranging to be done. One of the positive outcomes of the process is that I have identified quite a few art related objects and small collections that will go into an art related garage sale Fiona and I plan to hold in the not too distant future.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Through the eyes of another

I have spent the last week: recovering from my bug; doing a cull and clean of my workspaces and stashes; and finally updating my online shop. I asked Fiona's niece Emily (Emilycmd) to take photos of products and do the tedious work of uploading (photos, words, pricing etc) the items into the shop.

I thought, in lieu of other art stuff for Friday, I would share some of the images Emily took and used. I like how Emily used the natural side light to create light and shadow. Interesting how someone can look at your work in a different way through their eyes.

©2017 Emilycmd - Detail of a Light Catcher
©2017 Emilycmd - Mountain forms on rust
©2017 Emilycmd  - Pods on white sand
©2017 Emilycmd - A line of Starburst bowls
©2017 Emilycmd  - Heart - flip-side - hope and peace
©2017 Emilycmd  - Light and texture of pyramids
©2017 Emilycmd  - Traveller's Shrine - tied and ready for travels
©2017 Emilycmd  - Bone and metal
©2017 Emilycmd  - Bone, stone and glass
©2017 Emilycmd  - A healing book pendant
©2017 Emilycmd  - Cascading crystals
©2017 Emilycmd  - As-if-holding-water earrings
©2017 Emilycmd  - Riveted earrings
©2017 Emilycmd - Bone and silver
©2017 Emilycmd - Leaf form earrings.
You are invited to check out the Shop and test the new dropdown menu of items - some new stuff in there - a few tidying up things to be done but I think the shop is looking good.