I am really excited about enameling this year...and it might be because we are starting with electroforming. I feel we quickly ran out of time after just getting into it last year. I have some ideas I would like to try. My main thought is to try electroforming origami shapes. I have found plenty of paper origami jewelry, http://www.oricraft.com/origamijewelry/ and even some folded metal origami pieces....but have they been
electroformed? Is rice paper 'OK' to burnout? I certainly want to
try something other than the origami crane--it seems like that is the only shape people experiment with. I found some other interesting origami shapes that caught my eye.....
Some other ideas I might want to try involve crumpled paper, aluminum foil, screen, wood shavings, broken glass, mirror, and making wax copies of antique jewelry and then also imbedding the original antique piece into the electroformed piece. More research needed......
For xmas 2008, of course, I wanted to share some type of family portrait of the three of us. I was going to etch copper plates and then patina them as an ornament, but since the chemicals were too inconvenient to obtain, decided to make that a project for a later date. THEN...I tried pouring resin into candy molds with one of our photos to make ornaments. After trying a few different combinations of things, I wasnt really that into it.
SO...I decided to use some of the many scraps of glass I have from a stained glass class I took previously.
I took our photo, simplified it in photoshop, then created a window pattern. I colored several different color combinations since I wanted to make six 8x10 windows and wanted them all to be unique color combinations. I made two with primary colors (blue, red, and yellow); one secondary colors (orange, green, and purple); and three complimentary colors (purple/yellow, red/green, and orange/blue). After lots and lots of work they all turned out great. Pictured is an example of one of the blue, red and yellow ones. Dont ask me how I did this with a newborn. Oh--I know, my mom occupied him a few times:)