Working on three pieces at the same time means there is a lack of beauty in my workshop. I need the beauty, it is a weakness, I know, but I love the soft silvery sheen of a freshly finished wire wooled pendant, ring, cuff link, I don't care, just as long as it is finished and looking beautiful. To this end, at least the etching process has kept me going. I needed to etch all the base plates for the two rings and the pendant at the outset. The etching has indeed brought a little beauty to the workbench which is otherwise strewn with tools and sandpaper.
This is third piece etched - no kimonos this time - just a lovely art nouveau lady in a magnificent draped gown and cloak proceeding at haste through a forest, looking beautiful.
Ever since I learnt how to use a hydraulic press to puff silver out into the wonderful third dimension I have be obsessed with disrupting the level flatness of the sheets of silver I work with. Then today I stopped to look at ring number 1, now complete with its' ring band but still very much incomplete as it is without its' leaves and hematite. I was surprised that actually the simplicity of the flat silver was indeed very beautiful and perhaps therein may be the seeds of some new ideas.