Sunday, November 13, 2011

inter-metalic compound

So I talked about it, they talk about it, we have our ideas about it.......
But pictures are worth 1000 words....so here you go 18k rose gold with 23% copper.
What happened? I alloyed the metal in the crucible I was going to cast it in, got distracted allowed it to air cool all the way down to room temp. and an hour later decided to cast it without thinking about the alloy type or what I just did to it. Then after torch casting it let it sit too long in the casting machine. Well when I got it out of the plaster it already started to crumble, I tried to clip some of the parts and they shattered. the part that is broken in half was done with my bare hands...

Friday, July 1, 2011

The beginning...

When we started we where without form and full of hope...



as we began to narrow in on what we would expect....



then beginning to take shape...



as the basis for form and foundation came into being...



the hard part as always is finding our place in the world, where we belong and how we fit in...
Ultimately finding that the people and the places we have touched are forever changed.

Something for myself...



although change is inevitable, it is still painful, scary and all the other verbs we can imagine.....
we still manage to find our way through all of the obstacles placed in our path.


This is a ring I made for myself, it is a commemoration of a part of my life, my work and the time spent with a friend.

She takes a piece of us with her.....



I have a piece to remind me of her......

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Metal inlay


While working on a custom ring for a friend/mentor/client Kevin Crane of Crane Jewelers of Seattle. I attempted to cast Shokudo into 18k white gold.... well as you can see it didn't work so well.


The next step was to remake the white gold ring only this time I was going to inlay the Shokudo using a hammer technique...
The channels are made the opposite of stone inlay, the bottom of the channel is wider than the top so when you place the metal in the channel and begin to hammer it in it will spread into the bottom and lock it in place.

Keep in mind the ring must be strong enough to handle being hammered on without distortion.
When it was all finished I treated it with Phil Baldwins Patina to turn the Shokudo black. After the ring was completely finished it went to have diamonds set in the holes in between the inlay on both sides. (I didn't set the stones so I have no pictures of the ring with the diamonds.

Friday, June 3, 2011

@the shop


If you have ever struggled with the issue of a good count down timer for investing. I have used clocks, watches, Flash timers on computers to just plain guessing. Nothing ever has been as good as what I first used when learning to invest the first time.
A few months ago while looking in junk stores in Portlandia I found one! after almost twenty years I finally have one again! THE BEST TIMER EVER.....

@ the shop

Just have to tell you! Foredom makes an angle grinder now! Did you hear me? ANGLE GRINDER FOREDOM HAND PIECE!!!!!!!

Go check it out....... @ Seattle Findings and while your at it check out their new site...

@ the shop


Sometimes you don't really understand why you needed that tool...
Then you buy the tool...




...and you just can't see how you got by without it all this time.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Playin With Fire again......


This is my friend Eliot Peacock of
http://www.thepeacockbrothers.com/
He was casting some bronze buckles......

Sunday, February 13, 2011

and now the video

Cutting glass with a diamond band saw....

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Diamond band saw

I acquired A diamond band saw a few years ago and at the prompting of one of my associates pulled it out of the basement and set it up for the first time. we started by sawing some glass then on to her project cutting up some tigers eye.
Needless to say I'm hooked...
...video to follow.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

plastic is the new medium





Who would have thought that a metal casting shop would be casting plastic?
I think his name is James.........








....today's color is green