We spent the week exploring alternative materials and cold connections at the beautiful Hacienda Mosaico, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Our hostess, Sam Leonard, took very good care of all of us. After devouring the tasty meals she served, with Robert's instruction and help, we experimented, designed and created some tremendous jewellery and components.
We also had time to leave Hacienda Mosaico and visit a local hardware store and a second-hand shop, where we collected some interesting "stuff" (rusty nails and rusty faces of the sun, moon, flowers and leaves made out of cast iron), which we put to good use during the week.
Day One, began with an explanation of what we needed to learn about using concrete as well as making solderless boxes.
|concrete in a solderless box|
|natural concrete / dyed with shoe polish|
Day Two, we worked with paper mache, epoxy putty and did some form folding of copper, but the techniques will work with any metal.
|paper mache with epoxy putty|
|paper mache wrapped in polymer clay then faceted|
Day Three, we focused on epoxy resin and faux bone. I used a torch that heated the faux bone which allowed me to change the white colour to various shades of brown.
|real bone in solderless copper half-box|
Day Five, was our chance to make creations using the materials and techniques that Robert shared with all of us! We set stones with tabs, worked with polymer clay and silver clay, learned how to do tube settings and how to create silicon molds. I did not complete any jewellery, but I am working on even more components. So, I will have finished pieces to show you in a few weeks. The beginning of three choices.... (Any suggestions?)