Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Stephanie Lee Project #1

When I first found this book over a year ago at my local library..something inside me changed. This how to book on Creating found-art Jewelry was amazing!!I immediately called my sister unable to contain my excitement and I knew I just had to order it at once!!

by Stephanie Lee


Some time later,my sister Ingrid had surprised me with the most amazing gift ever..a class by Artbliss that featured the one..the only..Stephanie Lee.
It was an experience I will never forget.To read about this amazing adventure click here.

And so months later I find myself still learning..Every time I open her book,I find something new,a tip I may have missed..a project I may have overlooked..and well I thought to myself ..."self".."the only way I'm going to really learn everything she has to share is to try all of the  projects in her book".

..and so I am..

starting with..

"Remembering Pendant" pg.115(also the pendant on the Cover)

1-stamp clay

2-add plaster to stamped clay

3-Once dry,gently peel off plaster

4-paint plaster and break into desired pieces

5-Create bezels using brass and solder.Then Patina with Novacan Black.

6-Assemble.Place desired plaster piece in pendant,add two part resin.Once cured,assemble the rest of the pendant using desired findings.




I can tell you that with this project alone I learned so many things..

-I have always had Plaster of Paris in the house.(projects with the kids)..but had no idea how to incorporate it into my art.
-The plaster is very delicate and breaks easily,so you have to be gentle with it
-I have never used Novacan Black solder patina and its Wonderful!!

Thank you Stephanie..for continuing to teach me..
Next up.."The Time Capsule Ring" pg 105

As always,
thank you so much for stopping by

22 comments:

Melissa Meman said...

These are totally wonderful! I have been wanting to try plaster! Such inspiration :)

Maggi said...

Good night mama, these pieces are gorgeous! I love being inspired by other artists and find myself engrossed in their books and classes. How wonderful you got to experience both with Stephanie Lee!

Judy said...

Hi Cat,
Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I am so glad I found yours.
I would love to take one of Stephanie's classes...lucky girl!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Ultra fab, glad you are throwing your caution to the wind and diving, diving into this creative spirit. xox Corrine

Lupe Meter said...

Beautiful creations, Cat! Thank you for sharing the process...gives me some ideas with polymer clay. I have been trying to incorporate clay with filigree...thinking outside the box. It is fun to learn new techniques from different artists...so happy that many are will to share. Glad you had fun taking classes from Stephanie!

kijjet said...

Your jewelry always amazes me! I wish I had the same passion as you do for creating amazing pieces of jewelry. Instead, I simply have the passion of looking at what you create with slightly green eyes! LOL :)

Molly Alexander said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! This book is one of my very favorites also, and really inspired a lot of my own artwork. I love how you took her instructions and made these pieces your own. Love them!

Luthien said...

Cat! these are just gorgeous!! not only that, they feel very spiritual!! i love the painted plaster. such an easy technique but it's the paint that makes of breaks it. love love love all the highlights and the recesses, the organic quality and the patina. just beautiful!

Lisa said...

OMG! I'm going to go take a look, I'd be happy, just to learn how to solder. Love love love, how your piece turned out.

thanks for sharing, and giving your talent freely!

xoxo lisa

Esther said...

wow Cat!! you did fantastic work with plaster!! love the leaves!! it's stunning .. and your necklaces.. yummm!!! This book is very rich, all we love is inside.. as you said, we can open it every day, everyday we will found something new!! Great

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Cat
these are gorgeous pieces! I so love seeing your creations. Thank you for sharing this book with us also...I am sure that was one amazing trip/class! :)

Kathy said...

1. Been thinking of getting this book for a long time.

2. Holy SMOKES!! These are awesome. What you made is amazing!

3. Definitely getting this book.

4. You should be getting kick-back from the author!! (tee-hee)

Love this! - Kathy

Kim Mailhot said...

Wow, Cat...these are just so beautiful.
I love that your sister supports your creative process and gifts you with classes ! That is some good loving.
Thanks for the beautiful musical interlude as I visit here too. Makes me take deep breaths and sigh...
Happy Thursday !

Whosyergurl said...

Putting this book on my list! Thanks for sharing.

xo, Cheryl

sharon said...

Your new pieces are incredible Cat, so rich and so full of amazing detail everywhere!

yoborobo said...

Holy Toledo! These are beautiful! You go, girl. :) xox

Leigh said...

I just finished reading this book, so what an inspiration to find your detailed post about it. Thank you!

Jingle said...

WOW! That looks amazing! What a great idea!

La Dolce Vita said...

just awesome, Cat and I know you will take it to new heights!

Diane said...

Great work Kat! I am sure Stephanie would be so very proud of you!!

Lori ann said...

cat, i could feel your excitment and inspiration over finding this book! i love that. it is really a thrill to have something speak to you so deeply.

i love how you are taking this passion and applying it to your art and creating such beautiful things. this is truly one of those times where the process is as beautiful as the outcome. enjoy it all!

Cindy said...

Cat, as always, my head is spinning when I see the beauty that you create. Always something new! I love Stephanie's book as well - one of my all-time favorites on my jewelry shelf. It was incredible the memory of meeting you at her workshop too.
I'm amazed at the skill involved and the time it took to make each of your finished (and you finished 3!!) jewelry piece - making the molds, plaster, painting, bezels, resin, creating the necklaces. I can appreciate what went in to each one. Thank you for sharing the inspiration today...now if only I had an ounce of your determination and energy!