Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


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Sunday, 1 August 2010

New Jewellery

1.I made the enamelled pendant recently at a workshop at Art in Action. The tutors were very good, one of them and gave us a demo and showed us some samples. Then we got to work. another tutor fired the work. I covered the copper blank with a layer of clear glass powder, this then had its first firing. While that was happening I played with ideas for the design. I chose copper wire, millfiori glass slices, glass beads and copper rings. The fired piece then had another layer of glass powder, this time blue. I wanted the copper colour to show through a thin haze of blue. Then each bit of the design had to be positioned carefully without disturbing the powder layer. It required a lot of focus but was fun to do. Then there was the second firing.
I like the way the millefiori slices changed shape when fired and look like sea urchins and the little glass beads melted to fill the copper split rings. We were offered a chain or key ring to attach it to so I wore it for the rest of the day.

2. A beaded necklace that I bought last week at the Carshalton Lavender Open days.

3. One of the dragonfly pendants that I made. This one was for the EST challenge for my Etsy shop. It is now flying on its way to California