Wednesday, April 30, 2014
My classes are a little different to the way most people teach and I have done this for a reason. Most people seem to think that with one or two lessons you are well on your way. Well that might be true as far as being able to make lots of different things in pewter but then often one begins to get bored.
I am an artist and have been doing arts and crafts for almost 40 years so I get bored easily. Pewter is either a craft or an art and each person must decide for themselves how far they want to go with their pewter work. Do you want to make the same things everyone is making or do you want your work to be different and have your own special look?
My classes are very in depth and we cover a lot in the 6wks. Once you have done the 6 week course you will be well on your way to making just about anything you want without feeling that you don't know what to do next.
The Vintage Course is for advanced students. Anyone who has done a course with me, will know that I have a Pewter language when I teach, tram lines, ski jumps, reverse tracing, drunk ants and many more Carylisms ! When doing the vintage course it is important that people know what they are doing because if they don't, the class is held up with me trying to teach something that a student should already know and then other students are kept waiting for the demonstrations and assistance they might need from me one on one. So, if you are interested in doing the Vintage course I would need to see your work, before agreeing to you doing the course. A bit of a mouthful but basically that's how it works.
There are a lot more photos of finished work on the Facebook page so please drop by and leave your comments.
Take good care
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Journal covers. This is not one of my patterns or ideas but this cover is so popular. Tip: don't forget to put some wax in the areas that you have done in higher relief. It is a journal cover so writing on the pages all the time will add pressure and you don't want the patterns to be damaged in any way.
The centre has got wax in the middle. Try not to push it through too much or it might be difficult to write on the left hand page.
Vintage Engraving. This technique is different to the technique I use when I am doing Vintage techniques with high relief.
Tips for working on bigger pieces, try not use too much pressure. It must just be heavy enough to show you clearly on the reverse side where to press out your design, but not so heavy that the background competes with the foreground. Take your time.
If you are going to design something for a cover of a book make your design work with the shape of your journal. In this case the book is A4 but landscape, so the information is easy to read in this half moon design.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The course was full and informative and I finished it knowing a great deal more then when I started. I also gained confidence in how to tackle ‘difficult’ projects. I am looking forward to being able to make more and more interesting and challenging things. Thank you!
Thursday, October 17, 2013
This was a beautiful jewellery box made for my by my friend Sharon. Aside from the fact that she must have taken hours to make the pewter box she did this master piece of art work in the inside. I wish I could show you just how EXQUISITE it really is. She is a fine artist and does the most beautiful artwork so to be given something like this was an absolute delight for me.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
This Guest book was spiral bound, so I thought lots of pretty bows would look awesome. It also makes displaying the book ...pretty cool.
When you are working on detail, instead of using your tracing tool to tuck the edges, or your paper stub, try using a No2 Ball it won't cut your pewter and your work will be a lot neater. I am using a paper stub less and less. Only use the paper stub to flatten the background - don't forget try not to leave lines. Also use your finger to flatten the background.. fingers are nice and soft.