to San Francisco, only 1/2 hour away. I took an ATC class at the San Francisco Center for the Book from Anna Banana the famous mail art lady. She taught us some fun techniques for making ATC's and showed us a few of her albums of cards she has made herself over the years. Then I got to trade two of my ATC's for two of hers. This is what I chose:
And here are some I made in class:
This one is my favorite up close made with colored pencils
and another made with inks
They are printed on a magnet sheet. Did you know that on an imac in the iphoto application, when you choose the contact sheet printing option, and you have a tightly cropped photo of an ATC, you can print out the ATC on the "3 pictures across" setting and the printout will give you images almost the exact size of an atc? That's what I did here. Then I cut them out with scissors and put my info on the back on a sticker. Here are all the different colors I got from the same atc image.
I love my computer!
Other items I have worked on this week.
This is what the back looks like after I attach the wall and fill in the gaps with PMC paste.
These are the completed bezels ready for firing
what they look like after they are fired and straight out of the kiln
These are my favorites!
and what they all look like on their edges
I finished my handmade PMC chain too!
final state before firing
after I applied the gold paste (called "Aura 22") over the silver PMC toggle and loop
I had to torch fire this paste onto the PMC loop and toggle. Unfortunately, the toggle and loop met with a tragic loss of gold. So I went to "plan B" and I made a set with 18 karat gold wire in 14 guage. I cut and hammered and fused and pickled and hammered some more and I got these.
my completed chain with new toggle fresh out of the tumbler
a good look at my loop and toggle
The chain with patina on it
And finally, polished a little.
I made a fused and textured chain with some fine silver wire
And I saw a picture of a ring something like this
so I used one of my daisy patterned discs and added some silver argentium wire through the holes. It fits well, but I think it will take some getting used to this style. I think it is very modern. Reminds me of a pair of flip flops.