Etsy Metal 3xR Challenge 2014 - week 1 and 2

I am proud to announce that I am now, officially, a member of Etsy Metal.  Not only is the group a great source of expertise but they run a number of projects and challenges thought the year. 

I am really excited to be part of the 3xR challenge.  The 3 R's stand for reduce, reuse and recycle.  The challenge is to design and fabricate pieces in your workshop using materials that you already have.  The challenge also includes the re-purposing of pieces that one might have made in the past and they now lie dormant, unloved and unworn at the back of a drawer or in a scrap metal pile!

These challenges are really great for shaking up the design process.  It's the closest thing to being 'back in school'.  I'm hoping that they will inspire me to look at some of my supplies in a new way and force me to incorporate stones and metals that I've been saving for just the right commission over the last few years.


For week 1, I took the final enamel piece from a series I created on my last enameling course and mounted it in a tab setting. This series was inspired by Delftware ceramics - a clean palette of blue on white.

On the back, I plated the brass sheet, fusing the surface with silver granules which then melt and form a landscape of peaks and troughs.  This must be the ultimate 'reduce, reuse, recycle' technique!  The silver I used to do the plating is gathered from the silver dust that is created when I saw into a sheet of silver.  It is too precious just to sweep away.

Detail to back of week 1 3xR challenge


That's 2 down....only another 50 to go.  Wish me luck!