Monday, November 20, 2017

Alphabet

Electro-etching on steel, the plate is 15x20cm.
The colors are due to oxydization which happened when I heated the plate after the etching.




Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ongoing engraving

Some news of my latest work (still in progress).
After the preliminary drawing, I started with the engraving on the selected slate plate.


It's long, very long... one hour and a half later I'm not really further...




My usual chisel (made out of a butter knife) is not sufficient as I have quite a lot of matter to remove so I made a new tool with a steel shaft.
I flattened one end with a hammer before sharpening it with a grindstone.
For the other end, I drilled a cork and stuck it on the shaft.
And here I am, with a brand new chisel perfectly ergonomic.




Saturday, November 4, 2017

Ready for the workshop

As usual, I draw on the workshop's table before the arrival of the participants.




And here is a small video of the ongoing work



Friday, November 3, 2017

Vine - the end

At last, I'm done with my project about white vine on steel. I can now take some rest.
And to rest, what could be better than a chair ?
Good thing, I've got a new one ;-)




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

What will we conclude from all our obscurities?

To add a little something to my rose window pattern on slate, I engraved a short sentence by Blaise Pascal.



I wrote the text with my little chisel, using it as a nib. The engraving is not very deep but it is visible enough.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

More vine

Slate engraving is fun but it doesn't help with my project of white vine on metal.
Time for a new round with a new pattern.

First step, the draft on paper



Second step, copy on the metal plate before clearing the spaces for the etching


Monday, October 23, 2017

Slate

A bit tired of working on white vine for two weeks now, I rest a little with this engraving of a slate plate with a stained glass pattern.



I built the pattern by mixing elements from the gothic period, which doesn't mean that it does not exists somewhere in the real world. If you know about it, please let me know, I'll be happy to see it.

And I just don't have a clue about what I'm going to do with it once finished, maybe a table mat ?

Friday, October 20, 2017

Etched vine

At last, I've finished the vine pattern on my steel plate !



I could then etch it, one hour and 60W in salted water.
A short blowtorch passage to burn the paint and reveal the etching and here we are :



Still have to sand the plate a little bit to remove the paint remnants but I already find it quite nice. I hope I'll be able to keep the blue shade of the etched parts.





Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Steel vine

I transferred the white vine pattern on a plate of steel (which was a closet shelf in a previous life).
And now I'm scratching the paint to reveal the metal underneath.

As you can see, I use a hightech tool to do that, a sharpened nail with a wood handle.


It's quite long to do, already 8 hours of work...


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

White vine draft

Here is what I did last weekend, still not sure what I'm going to do with it.

Anyway, you are lucky 'cause you can see different steps of the design !




 





Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Symbols

After the latin alphabet, after the greek alphabet, I'm using more esoteric symbols to create little works with filigrees.
And I stopped using wallnut stain to do the whole work with my home made ferro-gallic ink.

One of the symbols used for arsenic in alchemical manuscripts :


And a stylized fleur de lys


As for the symbols shapes, I found my inspiration in the very good (even if too short) book by Rudolf Koch, The Book of Signs.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Inked circles

Some tries for a project that may be stillborn if I consider the enthusiasm I feel when looking at the results (or maybe I just should try harder).


Some circles are not too bad, here are a few close-ups to show the ones I prefer









What about you ? Do you like some of them ?


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Monday, September 25, 2017

air filigree

This is one type of filigree that will be taught in my next workshop in november.



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Zodiacal pebble

Inspired by this picture, I wanted to engrave a pebble with the zodiacal signs. Here is the result, not too bad for something done with an old butter knife.



And a third pic with my hand so you can guess the size of the pebble.



Friday, September 22, 2017

OLD STUFF - filigrees

Filigrees and just filigrees, no text, no reason, just because I really love that.




Wallnut stain on paper, every circle is filled with different patterns


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Time is a bird

A beautiful text, writen by Pascal Aussi.
I calligraphed the beginning of it in its latin version using NEULAND with wallnut stain & ferro-gallic ink.




I already said it but I really love the mix between wallnut stain & ferro-gallic ink.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Making new friends

It's quite simple, you just need tools to work on stone, collect peebles and here you are ;-)


Saturday, September 16, 2017

live filigree

Here is a short video of a filigree pattern I made for a demonstration.
The video speed has been increased, the real duration is about 18 minutes.
And the result is approximatively 3cm wide.





Friday, September 15, 2017

All the leaves...

...will want to be your pennons

It's the translation of this new poem by Guillevic, engraved on this new terra cotta pot.

The curve of the pot forbids to photograph the whole text at once, you'll consequently get 2 pics.






And, as a bonus one, a photo of the happy father with his last-born :-)