Faery Wings

Faery Wings (drawing)

As you know i’m working on incorporating words and narratives into my jewellery, so i decided to have a wee go at implementing an idea into a little sample piece.

It started with a haiku i had written a while ago… which i think could be an interesting form for me to work from in the future, haikus and poetry that is… anyway, this haiku was about faery wings and i wanted to capture their nature as well as the words themselves. And what you see above is what i came up with!

…. and…… this is how i made it:

Faery Wings (process) (1)

After cutting out some 0.5cm strips of aluminium, i got my letter stamps out and started to hammer in the words.

Faery Wings (process) (2)

Normally you would need to anneal the metal to imprint onto it, but aluminium is relatively soft and the strips i was using were very thin.

Faery Wings (process) (4)

Repeat for the whole haiku!

Faery Wings (process) (3)

Next step is drilling the little holes into each end of the strips. I used my hand drill and placed my strips under my steel block to stop them spinning around.

Faery Wings (process) (5)

I then filed down the edges until smooth and rounded the corners.

Faery Wings (process) (7)

Next i sanded the back of the strips until they were flat and shiny!

Faery Wings (process) (6)

Repeat for the whole haiku!

Faery Wings (process) (8)

Rub away any scraps of metal with a brass brush and then…

Faery Wings (process) (9)

… wash up the strips with the brass brass and some washing up liquid until they are as shining bright as faery wings.

Once i had my little strips all made up i attached them to my wire… at this point my camera had a meltdown so i have no photos :( but basically i strung the wire through the two holes in my metal, made the wire into a loop, twisted and strung on a few seed beads… and repeated for the whole haiku! I attached my loops onto a specially twisted wire ear hook and….

Faery Wings (3) smaller

ta-dah!

 

Now i just need to go and find myself a faery model and i’ll post some better photos soon!

What do YOU think of my texty faery wings?

Chloe out.

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A twitterview with Craig Henderson

A twitterview with Craig Henderson

@ChloeHenderson9: @Craig_Henderson as a “head in the clouds” creative kinda guy, can I Twitterview you about language and literature in our world today?

@Craig_HendersonMy head is far above the clouds, thank you very much. But yes, ‘twould be a delight to be interviewed by your fine self.

@ChloeHenderson9: do you have time to talk now or should I come back later?

@Craig_HendersonNot fully joined twitterdom. Can only access this on work PC til I sort my Mac. Can carry on if you don’t mind slow replies

@ChloeHenderson9: of course I don’t! An easy, little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s), and why?

@Craig_HendersonI like “tmesis”. It’s an absofuckinglutely wonderful word and so flexitastically versiwondertile.

@ChloeHenderson9: How would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@Craig_HendersonThey’re of enormous importance, but try as we might, they cannot replace a face-to-face. Ideally with a pint.

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@Craig_HendersonLiteracy and literature has been around for a few milenia, while the internet is in its infancy. Ask me again in a decade.
@ChloeHenderson9: do I detect a cop-out…….?
@ChloeHenderson9: where do you think the value of words, storytelling and all of that beauty sits in our modern world?
a few months later…..
@Craig_HendersonBugger. Are we still in the middle of a twitterview? Lost the plot a bit? Care to help me refind it?
@ChloeHenderson9: I believe I asked you where you thought the value of storytelling is in our modern world?
@Craig_HendersonStories: informative parables, imparting truths, or vicarious tales, eliciting thrills. It’s all good; always was and will.
@ChloeHenderson9: what does the word storytelling make you think of?
@Craig_HendersonMaybe it depends whose asking. I can see several trees talking in a circle, each named after a month of the year.
@ChloeHenderson9: ah, I loved that story. It’s nice to see you’ve been paying attention! *
talking of trees, do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter?
or do you like instant digital responses? I know you print out and send letters, but do you ever handwrite them?
@Craig_HendersonI hand wrote a letter recently. I would do more but my writing is ugly. Scrawled or printed a tangible letter speaks louder.
@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?
@Craig_HendersonAm still in love with Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. But ask me again in 40 years. Ta for the twitterview. Loved it!
@ChloeHenderson9: thank you for the twitterview! You were fanfuckingtastic.
Thank you very much Craig for this little twitterview, although one of the most elongated twitterviews it was still beautiful and full of your awesome insights. Befriend Craig on facebook or stalk him on twitter at @Craig_Henderson
* I gave Craig Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things” book for Christmas, and one of the stories is all about trees, named after months of the year, all storytelling in a circle (and I epically recommend it, because it is beautiful – not just that story but everything Neil Gaiman has written).
Chloe out.

A twitterview with Tom Dickins

A twitterview with Tom Dickins

 

 

@ChloeHenderson9: @tomdickins as a writer of glorious lyrics and maker of beautiful music, can I #twitterview you about literature and language?

@tomdickins: absolutely! I’ll be offline for the next halfa – then go for it!

@ChloeHenderson9: great! Give me a tweet when you’re ready my love.

….30 minutes pass….

@tomdickins: I can do it now? Do you want me to do a shout out about it? xx

@ChloeHenderson9: awesome. Yeah sure, that would be great.

@tomdickins: about to do a #twitterview with @ChloeHenderson9 ! Keep an eye on my feed!!! Xx

@ChloeHenderson9: p.s. if ya’ll miss it/can’t keep up, I will be archiving it on my blog later on :)

an easy little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@tomdickins: loquatiousness – it sounds the same way as it means. Just say it out loud… its beautiful…. and trivial ;-)

@ChloeHenderson9: ooo I love words with sss sounds. Good choice!

@tomdickins: why thank you!

also love – I have to run an errand in 20 – so any I miss I will answer as soon as I’m home! x

@ChloeHenderson9: don’t worry about it, i’ll try and keep it short and sweet :)

how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@tomdickins: I wish I read more, but I couldn’t really exist without writing on a daily basis. It’s as essential as morning coffee…

@ChloeHenderson9: as a creator, where do you think the value of storytelling is in our modern world?

@tomdickins: storytelling is our quintessential way of learning and healing. Whether written, sung or danced – stories are our medicine.

@ChloeHenderson9: aww, that was like a little story in itself.

what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter,blogging,etc.) are on our literature and our literacy?

@tomdickins: I think it’s exciting for our literature and abominable for our literacy…. (Cont’d in next tweet)

EG: Our ability to research, share and publish independently is phenomenal. Our speeeling and: grammar? sucks now.

@ChloeHenderson9: do your mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digital responses? or do you still write letters?

@tomdickins: I always wrote letters but never got around to posting them… which make them more like diaries in the rediscovery.

case in point:

@ChloeHenderson9: haha love it!

p.s. your sunglasses are making me jealous as I sit here in the dismal Scottish rain :(

@Rosie_Cotton: I do the same – the rediscovery of Boston/New York letters & poems today. Made me happy-sad. love.

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/song/tweet/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@tomdickins: Book: A Heart Breaking Work Of Staggering Genius – Dave Eggers, Poem: Everything Auden ever wrote, (cont’d)

Song: Ladder Song, Bright eyes and Tweet: everyone should follow @DeadEndFiction . Xx

Gotta run! Much love! xx

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much wonderful @tomdickins for this kick-ass little #twitterview :)

 

 

Thanks Tom for this beautiful little twitterview, as one of the best musicians and songwriters that I know of I really appreciate your insights.

Still don’t know who Tom Dickins is? Your missing out! Check him out on his website!

Thanks again Tom :)

 

 

Chloe out.

Etching samples (HELP ME) and the last life drawing session ever :(

I’ve been working on some etching samples.

For my final brooch piece I plan to use the etching technique as the main focus of the work, as my research has all been looking into the ways in which we interpret words, and illustration plays a huge part in that, etching seems to be the most logical route forward.

I’ve made up a few samples (copper and brass) to test out my drawing-on-metal skills as well as figuring out how long I need to expose the metal to the acid, how thinly/thickly to apply the etching ground solution and how to finish the pieces, including testing out the polishing machines.

I like to start off the etching by drawing my image onto the dry etching grounds with a light pencil stroke. If you’re a beginner etcher I would suggest following this tip because it makes the process easier and once you make a mistake with your etching tool it is really tricky and messy to fix!

This is what the etching looks like pre-acid bath. The black bits will switch places with the coppery bits when the piece is finished. Often when I’m etching I find myself liking this pre-etched image a lot and find it hard to stick it in the acid!

After removing the etching grounds with white spirit, you can burn off the excess stubborn bits and then pickle your etching.

These pieces are all just out the pickle, so now I must oxidize them:

Cut the cupcake!

All these next pieces are finished, rounded corners or filed down and polished (because they are so shiny it’s hard to take a good picture with all the reflection so apologies for the bad images):

 

 

I’ve started the etching for my final piece. I’ve narrowed it down to two images and I really couldn’t decide which one to pick so I have etched them both. Which one do you think is better/represents love the best?

 

 

It was the last official life drawing session last Friday :( We don’t get scheduled life drawing in 3rd year but I think I will still try and sit in on some of the classes, because as much as I always moan about it I do really like life drawing and I think it’s really important for the jewellery course because I am dealing with designs that (mostly) have to relate and are harmony (or not depending on what yr up to) with the human body. Anyhoo, hope you like these ones and as ever your comments are epically appreciated.

Yes, I made his nose massive. I didn’t realize it was so big until I was finished. In my defense, this life model does have quite a large nose!

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Vicky Featherstonehaugh

A twitterview with Vicky Featherstonehaugh

@ChloeHenderson9: Normally I contact ya’ll when I want to twitterview you, but if anyone wants to come to me please please tweet at me for a twitterview :)

@TheWoolShop1: I will, if you like :)

pants! am logged on as the shop. I’ll log on as me if you want to twitterview…. I already know my fav word ;)

@ChloeHenderson9: yeah sure that would be great :) Tweet me as yourself when you’re ready.

@vickyfsh: go!

@ChloeHenderson9: an easy, little self-indulgence to start: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@vickyfsh: aluminium because if flows & you don’t need to lift your pen… that’s about as much as I learned during chemistry!

@ChloeHenderson9: do you say it the american way (aloooominum) or the british way (alUminium)?

@vickyfsh: the british way!

@ChloeHenderson9: where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our world today?

@vickyfsh: I think it’s very important, especially when it comes to using your imagination

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance of reading and writing in everyday life?

@vickyfsh: It’s essential. I can’t see how we’d function properly without either of them.

@ChloeHenderson9: with that in mind…

…what do you think the effects of the internet (tweeting, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@vickyfsh: I think people read less, in book form at least, but I find I write more than I have in the past through blogs & the likes

@ChloeHenderson9: do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digitial responeses? or do you still write letters?

@vickyfsh: Hubby & I wrote to each other loads when he was in the army (in the days before email!). I prefer quick emails now.

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/tweet/song/blog/etc. that you think everybody in the world should read, what would it be?

@vickyfsh: oh, that’s a hard one! Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, purely for the way in which it’s written.

@ChloeHenderson9: Thank you very much @vickyfsh for this littlw twitterview, it was beautiful :)

@vickyfsh: You’re welcome :)

 

Thanks Vicky for this wonderful little twitterview. Your insights and thoughts are greatly appreciated and inexplicably valuable. Vicky is a fantastic woolsmith and creates lots of fantastic little bits and pieces, follow her woolly adventures on the wool shop blog and follow her on twitter at @vickyfsh or at @TheWoolShop1

 

Chloe out.

A twitterview with Sheila Roussel

A twitterview with Sheila Roussel

@ChloeHenderson9: Hiya @SJRoussel are you ready for our little twitterview?

@SJRoussel: ok I am

@ChloeHenderson9: great! An easy little self-indulgence to start with: what is your favourite word(s) and why?

@SJRoussel: something I’ve never really considered before but I like nostalgia and the feelings it evokes also ephemera.

@ChloeHenderson9: with nostalgia in mind, where do you think the value of storytelling sits in our modern world?

@SJRoussel: very important to keep history alive, especially for children to learn through storytelling.

@ChloeHenderson9: a lot of people focus on children when I mention storytelling, how important do you think storytelling is for us big kids?

@SJRoussel: I think it’s important, I enjoy the “stories” from the designer makers we have in our lectures, their own experiences etc.

@ChloeHenderson9: how would you describe the importance or reading and writing in our everyday lives?

@SJRoussel: It’s part of our being. I can’t imagine life without it

@ChloeHenderson9: what do you think the effects of the internet (twitter, blogging, etc.) are on our literacy and our literature?

@SJRoussel: I think literacy has become much more informal, less importance on actual hand writing, spelling and grammar.

@ChloeHenderson9: would you say that is a good or a bad thing (and why)?

@SJRoussel: Not so good, not sure that different generations understand each other well.

@ChloeHenderson9: would you say that if the computer/internet didn’t exist different generations would have a better understanding of each other?

@SJRoussel: I really don’t know! I think it depends on each individual and what they are interested in.

@ChloeHenderson9: my apologies! Those questions were rather specific! But you raised some interesting points.

do you mourn the loss of the handwritten letter? or do you like instant digital responses? or do you still write letters?

@SJRoussel: I do miss hand written letters and I have a couple of friends who write to me now and then. Text etc is so convenient!

@ChloeHenderson9: last one: if there was one book/poem/song/tweet/etc. that you think the whole world should read, what would it be?

@SJRoussel: Apart from my son’s latest poem on love, I think I would recommend The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

@ChloeHenderson9: your son wrote a poem about love? That is so cute!

@SJRoussel: In his English class, it apears that he’s not all teenage nastiness!

@ChloeHenderson9: You should blog it, so the whole world can read it :)

@SJRoussel: Mmm not sure about letting the whole world see it maybe just a few followers.

@ChloeHenderson9: thank you very much for this little twitterview. It was fantastic!

@SJRoussel: No problem, my pleasure.

 

Thank you wonderful Sheila for this twitterview. As a fantastic fellow jeweller I really appreciate all your insights. If you have no idea who Sheila Roussel is, head over to her blog and find out more! Or follow her on twitter at @SJRoussel

Thank you again Sheila :)

 

Chloe out.

Brooch Sample. Life Drawing. Cute Kitty. Mould.

I used some parts from previous samples to create this brooch piece.

Resin square with text from Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, ripped newspaper, copper with etched text from Amanda Palmer’s In My Mind, white acrylic paint, pva and plastic wrap.

 

This life drawing set up was focusing on lighting and we were given 45minutes for each pose which allowed be to use some colour, that my other life drawings this term have lacked.

 

I, like the rest of the world, have a thing for taking pictures of my cute kitty :)

Aww he ish so cute!

 

And lastly here is some mouldy tea…. it is strangely beautiful if not a little minging!

 

Chloe out.