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Thursday, September 17, 2015

August 2015 Etching and Electroforming Theme for SRAJD Jewelry Design Challenge

Before we begin with August, congrats to Sue Thompson for being the randomly chosen winner from the July submissions.

Sue, here is a list of the prizes accumulated so far. Select your gift from here. Just msg or email me with your selection choice.

And now.... Our theme for August 2015 was “Etching and Electroforming”. Click on each artist's name to see more of their work.

Here are the beautiful offerings of the SRAJD members…

Kerry Collett: This is a pendant made with a piece of dichro that has been etched using a polymer masking technique. This technique allows incredible detail!

Tammie Everly: Chemically etched copper cuff bracelet. Sari silk accent with a coordinating alcohol ink wash.

Tammy Adams: Salt water etching was used to create the design on the copper focals. The etched copper pieces are accented with Czech glass beads on copper wire.

Kelly Hosford Patterson: "Metamorphosis" -- I received the ceramic art beads by JSB Arts for a challenge. The nubby textured beads reminded me of cocoons, and that was my inspiration. I wrapped them in sari silk to make them appear as they had just been broken open. The pair of butterfly wings were hand drawn, and deeply etched in copper (with Ferric Chloride) to look as if they are just emerging from the chrysalis where they have been undergoing their amazing transformation. Coated in a rich Cinnabar red patina and buffed to highlight, leaving just the perfect amount of color in the recesses and a brilliant shine.

Laura Bracken: This piece holds a special place in my heart, not only because it’s a love letter written by Oscar Wilde, but because of the mixed inversion and extroversion effect I did in the paneling. That’s one thing I really like about etching… you get to choose if you want the accents to stick out from the metal or be recessed into the metal. Here, I chose both.

Laura Bracken: One of my specialties is turning photographs into etchings. I like how it’s permanent and pretty hardy. I’ve worked with resin coated prints before but somehow managed to destroy them. What can I say, I’m hard on my jewelry. But etched metal is a solid bet for quite some time.

We hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these wonderful creations. Make sure to check out the other monthly challenges.

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