Sunday, August 24, 2014

50%

I've just finished two little brooches (approx. 2.5cm in diameter) and failed the etching of one of them :-/


The knotwork I made with acid etching and the filigrees with electro-etching. This one got eaten on the edges and I'll have to redo it. 50% of success, I have to improve the ratio :-)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bolt

Digging in the garden, I made an almost archeological discovery, an old bolt eaten by rust. I cleaned it a bit, not too much for the patina to remain and, as I found it really beautiful, I decided to find another use for it.


I turned it into a seal by electro-etching a man hole cover pattern on his head.


And the result is perfectly functional as you can see.


This is how to turn rubbish into design and original object :-)



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ar Rannou

I've just finished a work started years ago, that was left unfinished because of an overdose of knotwork.


It is a breton text from the Barzaz Breizh, a collection of songs published by Th. de La Villemarqué in the XIXth century.
I used a semi uncial for the text, séparating each verse by a knotwork panel and ending by the title in drawn capitals inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospel. To breathe modernity into the work, I took colors different from the ones used historically, using only earth pigments (Sienna, Umbria, ...).

Another detail can be seen here, and the whole work, there.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Plexiglas monogram

My first try, as good as the design was, wasn't deep enough to tool the soaps.
Hopefully, I found an old bit of Plexiglas lying around in the garden so I tried once more, this time using a little milling machine to engrave it.

As the Plexiglas is transparent, this time, I can show you the monogram right side up, it is still an SC.




I think it will do the job this time, I'll post a pic of the tooled soaps once their maker would have tried this new seal.

And of course, it gave me tons of ideas to work with Plexiglas, to be followed :-)


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Stained glass

Back from Coulon where I spent a marvellous week in Gérard Guerry's workshop, I can show you my latest work.
As it wasn't very convenient to bring all the mandatory materials for engraving/etching, I went back to work on paper.


It's the structure of a stained glass window from Saint Hilaire church in Niort, embossed with carbon paper. I finished it by filling the pattern with my unavoidable filigrees :-)

To see the whole work, follow the link to the gallery.

Friday, July 18, 2014

susuwatari

I continue playing with electro-etching. This time, I inverted the polarity to darken the engraved parts at the end of the process.


As you can see, this time I etched an old blade of a metal saw. I can't stop recycling :-)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Man hole cover electrolysis

I'm still experimenting electro-etching but with no time to do real work so I'm just playing. Among patterns that I like and that will not take too long to reproduce are man hole covers. So be it ...






Of course, It's made out of steel plates that I threw in the garden to rust after the electro-etching. I love the result and I think I'll continue with this idea :-)