Let me first apologize to everybody for not getting this up in time, as we all know, technical issues can throw a monkey wrench into our well-laid plans!
So without any further adieu, I hereby present my BALC 2016 line – “Savannah Midnight!
Here’s a photo of one of my pieces from the back. I used an earring finding to attach my dangles and it solved the back finishing task nicely!
This is the first time I have ever done such a thing as this – and I am amazed by the way the line changed throughout the process:
From from my initial concept:
to a rough layout of the pieces with a few more ideas coming together,
to the final product you see above!
I had initially thought I would take this line through a dark color scheme into a lighter, more colorful one, but I now know that that was overly ambitions. I had no idea how long it takes when you get into changing the color of the metal. I used a combination of i) dark ox, to which I added some gold acrylic paint and gold guilder’s paste, ii) satin matte gold, which I didn’t change much except to dull it down a bit with black guilder’s paste, and iii) raw brass, which I brightened up with gold guilder’s paste and gold perfect pearls.
After hours of painting, buffing, brushing and filing, I was pretty happy with the results. So I laid out everything to seal it with Matte Krylon and sprayed up the whole lot of it. I let it dry overnight, and much to my dismay, when I surveyed my handiwork in the morning there was a white film over ALL of it.
I’m not sure what happened, maybe it’s because I used UV resistant spray. I really didn’t pay any attention when I bought it! So another several hours was spent fixing it all – that was the most discouraging part of this whole process!
So, in addition to all of the wonderful things I have learned from Brenda’s expert advice – I picked a few “notes to self”:
3. Pay attention when filing a cameo, you may get overly ambitious and end up with a blind one! This cracked me up so much at the time I did it – I think I will keep it as a souvenir to give me a chuckle when the going gets rough!
and last but not least….
4. Try to follow my example and keep your work table as organized as possible while you are creating – it makes things so much easier to find! (LOL!!)
The one last piece of advice I would give is that if any of you are on the fence about doing this challenge – take the plunge! You will learn so much whether you are a novice (like me) or a veteran jewelry artist.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to visit my fellow classmates’ blogs!