that I have been considering for a couple of years now. I finally decided on my makers mark, well marks because I got a few.
The photos aren't the best because I took them at night under artificial light. Here they are anyway.
There's . . . oh happy day!, happydayart!, happyday!, my initials and two versions of .925 for marking sterling silver. Look!
on a scrap of copper in the light:
on copper with a patina:
and here are the punches themselves:
I got them from Buckeye Engraving and they were friendly and priced reasonably. I had the artwork ready and they just made sure the size was right and then made them for me. You can follow the link but I wanted to tell you that when I was writing this post, the address said "under construction". So be patient, they'll be back.
Before this I was using a dremel hand engraver and would write out happyday! in script on the backs of pieces and often when the piece was made of metal clay, I would engrave FS for fine silver or .999 and then CW10 or CW13, depending on the year I made a piece. With sterling items I engraved .925.
This one was more complicated as it was a complicated project.
But now I have these marks and they'll be mine for as long as I'm making things in metal. Larger pieces will have a longer mark and smaller ones may only get my initials and the smaller .925.
I do have to spend some time practicing to make an even marking on some scrap metal because you can see with the first couple of photos that my impressions aren't even.
Another wonderful thing I wanted to tell you about is the new big thing that Teesha Moore is doing. It's very exciting and it's called "The Artstronauts Club". Cute name and very catchy. It's already begun and it's a website and an online magazine that will grow as the months go by with new content being added daily. It's by membership and you can pay $5 monthly or by different increments of $5, like for 6 months or a year. Videos, tutorials, projects and art will be the main styles of spreading the creativity of many of the artists she knows and has invited to participate for our enjoyment. I filmed my very first artsy video and it's up NOW (it was fun learning how even though I avoided it for years) with the accompanying PDF's - 4 of them! It's about how to make a garland of snowflakes for decorating your house for the holidays. I thought it turned out pretty nicely, even if I just said it myself. Teesha said I remind her of Mr. Rogers and I think she meant it in the nicest way. Well then I watched the video again on the site and you know, I DO sound like that! I was laughing! My husband agreed. I think I might have to work on my video manner. Tell me what you think after you've seen it.
Here is a teaser:
I learned how to do 3D type in Photoshop and I'm using Photoshop Creative Cloud. It's a new learning curve for me but the possibilities are intriguing. I LOVE IT!
The window of my studio with some of the snowflakes. You know you want to make some!
Here is the link to sign up! http://theartstronauts.com/
So here's some more goodness and it's so funny! My kids showed me a link that they may have found on facebook but it's a site off facebook, not on it but it will let you post to your status if you want to. I just took screenshots of the best ones and my son and I were laughing one night because some of them were so right on. They are mash ups of your own statuses and sometimes the're really mixed up and completely without grammar.
So the site is "what would i say" located at http://what-would-i-say.com
Here are a few of my best as photos:
Yes, you must!
No? I'm the only one that saw it.
Too bad for you!
Well then, one day I'm sitting in my husband's office with him and he has the killer view and this is what we saw:
and then 2 minutes later it looked like this:
I don't know . . .
:O) hehe . . .
So later today when I wake up, um, after I go to sleep in a few minutes . . . I'm going to work on a fabricated metal name badge to wear to the San Francisco Metal Arts Guild Christmas party that happens on Sunday night. I'll show it to you later when it's done but for now I still have work to do on it. My name is long.
If you're going to the party, I'll see you there and I'll be . . .
You know it!