Yesterday morning we held a chainmaille workshop at the studio. Students were to create a bracelet with Japanese 12 in 2 weave. This is one of my favourite chainmaille weaves as it has quite a bit of weight to it (with approx. 400 rings) and looks very classy when finished with a beautiful clasp.
Today I held a kaleidoscope cane workshop at our studio in Healesville, Victoria and what great fun it was! Rather than give the participants a specific 'pattern' to follow, we spent some time talking about the principles of kaleidoscope canes and tessellations - what makes up a kaleidoscope cane, colour basics etc - and I encouraged each person to create their own design. This was met with looks of horror!! After some direction and reassurance, everyone was busy conditioning clay, jotting down designs and making basic canes such as jellyrolls, striped canes and checkboards.
As I wrote about previously, I particpated in the COPPRClay workshop which was run here at the studio last month. Because I don't have a kiln.....(yet!)...all our pieces, including mine, were taken by Lara to be fired in her kiln. I came home the other day to a package which contained our beautiful copper treasures. They didn't look like much straight out of the kiln - quite dirty in fact - but once I'd finished brushing, sanding, burnishing and polishing, my clasp looked beautiful. Because I was so pleased with it, I thought I'd share it with you!
Last Saturday, 1st August, I hosted a COPPRclay workshop taught by Lara LeReveur. COPPRclay was released in 2009 and is made up of pure copper, water and non-toxic binding materials. The binding materials vaporise during the kiln-firing process leaving you with a solid copper piece with a density over 95% that of cast copper. COPPRclay has a pleasant consistency, is forgiving to hand at the leather hard stage, fires consistently well and has a large shrinkage rate (approx. 30%) which makes for good details of texture.