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Penland 2013, Days 5 and 6

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Yesterday  we didn’t have any demos and had all day to catch up and try the techniques we’ve learned thus far (which means I got a SH!Tload of enameling done). I was in the studio until about midnight, then went to the glass studio (where all the cool kids hang out), and then ended up staying up until the wee hours of the morning talking and laughing with my roommate Tara. She’s also doing metals (in the lower studio) and already makes some pretty cool stuff. Check it out. 

Today we learned electrolytic etching, which is a non-toxic way to etch the copper. After lunch we learned champleve, which involves packing wet enamel into the recesses left after etching, then firing them and grinding down the enamel so that it’s flush with the copper.

THEN we learned how to use the magnetic tumbler to make our finished pieces sparkle, THEN we learned how to use the Sparkie, a fusion welder to attach earring posts, etc. without solder (WANT!), THEN we learned how to use a hydraulic press to form metal. Seriously, my brain is about to explode. Both from the learning, and from the yearning to buy all of this equipment for my studio (none of which, I might add, is inexpensive). And don’t even get me stared on laser cutting…  Sigh.

This evening The Barn, where the artists in residence have their studios was open for visitors. There is some amazing work going on down there, but I’ll write more about that, and about life at Penland outside the studio, at a later date.

Top row: copper shapes; second row: enameled copper; third row from left: copper to be etched with vinyl sticker as a resist, prepared copper in salt bath (before starting electricity), Arthur demonstrating champleve; fourth row from left: the electrolytic setup, Arthur demonstrating the hydraulic press.

Penland 5 & 6


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July 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Posted in Metals

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  1. […] cautionary tale, from left to right: Etched Deer (See day 5&6 post for how I did the etching); deer with added enamel after being accidentally left in the kiln […]

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