Skip to main content

On The Fly

Bonjour beautiful people!

I usually start off the year with big plans of making many pieces for the holidays.  Meaning for winter solstice!  I is at least 11 months away but before you know it, it will be the end of summer and then panic will ensue!  Hahaha!!!

My most recent piece I made was for that special lady who travels in a caravan with her 'Sisters on the Fly' group.  I only had a week to finish this project but the idea had been simmering in my brain for at least a week prior to the deadline.  

First the rough draft... I decided how big it was going to be and made a sketch with notes on what I was "planning" on doing.  So far so good.  You can see the cut out tin, a button for the wheel, and a glimmer of what will be the door.  That small window was cut out prior to cutting the shape of the trailer because it makes it easier than cutting it out later.  Trust me...I know!!!  
The back plate (copper) was put through my brand new rolling mill, before cutting out the shape, I had since November but was afraid to use.  I have to say that Rolling Mill totally rocks!

All the pieces cut out. 
 I will stamp #621 in the space where the window will be,  file everything down best I can, and patina before placing that first rivet.  Here is me deciding where the wheel and door will fit.

After riveting the two sheets I put a couple of rivets to hold everything together and finished filing.  I did this before riveting the door, wheel, or fish.  I used aluminum and copper tube rivets, brass rivets for aesthetic purposes, and my handmade rivets because they are so AWEsome!!!  Hehehe!!!

Tip:  Anneal the brass and let it cool by itself.  Do not quench.  Quenching will only make your brass harden.

And the finished product...

Merci beaucoup for letting me share this journey with all of you!  Have a great week!!!


Popular posts from this blog

A Love Note To My Readers

Dear Friends,
My gallery has decided to move and it saddens me to say that I will not be going with them.  I have broken away from the herd.
So what now?
This is what I ask myself and to be honest I do not know.  
I turn to you.
The ones who come back to listen to my failures, successes, and my angst.  I am grateful that you are still here.

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) was here in New Orleans.  I was so thrilled.  I made new friends and visited with old friends and we had a blast!

Halstead held an exhibition along with SNAG at RHINO Contemporary Gallery.  200 kits went out and 30 pieces were selected for the Halstead Design Challenge.  My piece, What's Her Story? was selected to be among one of the 30.  I was so honored.
Inspired by the women of Storyville and Bellocq's photography this brooch is the first in its series.
The story behind the story.
Every woman has a story, especially the women of Storyville (red-light district of New Orleans from 1897-19…

Everything Is Beautiful From Far Away...Or Is It?

I'm getting all up there with my new Olloclip.
It just clips on to my iPhone 5S.  I think that is an adapter for the skinnier version of the phone.  I wanted something easier to carry around other then the massive camera to take real close ups.
Here's what I've done so far.

I'm still learning about the clip but for the most part pretty satisfied.  It's good for those close ups in the studio.  Here's me drawing down wire.  This is when I feel like a true metalsmith.  HAHAHAHA!!!
The clip is also good for your morning walks to get those beautiful close ups of nature.
You see...not everything is beautiful from far away.  Sometimes you have to lean in to see the beauty in the macro world.
Have a great Friday!


The Arrowmont Experience Pt. 1

I know from previous experience that I had to ask the driver to stop at a grocery store before dropping us off at Arrowmont.  I was feeling so good about having all my ducks in order and then this happened! I'm sure I screamed WTH because everyone was looking at me but I wasn't the only one in shock.
I was thinking...great!  Now I will have to walk to get my wine.  LOL!!!

Arrowmont for 2 entire weeks!  Yeah....Bring it on.  I can do this...roommate annd all.
I was in Anne Havel's All Fired Up: Who Knew a Torch Could Do All This?
My notebook for ALLLllllll the notes I'm going to take.
OMG!  I don't know where to begin.  I have so much to share.  Let's see...
I fell in love with a cup.
Annnd...then I bought a cup made by Jason B. Burnett.  He had me at the hexagons. Just an aside here.  I couldn't buy the cup I fell in love with.  Arrowmont has an assortment of ceramic cups in the mess hall to use.  I could post a cup a day on Insta but my friend did that.  …