Sunday, October 19, 2014


Over the weekend Fiona and I spent most of our art time on a commission - polishing, drilling, riveting etc.

But I did find an hour or so here and there to continue some of my Friday effort. I finished the 35 small inspirational word leaves I started to work on.

©2014 Barry Smith - Thirty-five silver-plated ELNS leaf forms - after forming and first unfolding
I always love the progress from raw discarded metal to beautiful leaf forms. These small leaf forms are quiet difficult to make as the size is small and the EPNS metal is hard.

©2014 Barry Smith - Thirty-five silver-plated ELNS leaf forms - unfolded fully on the anvil
©2014 Barry Smith - Thirty-five silver-plated ELNS leaf forms - rough edges ground off
©2014 Barry Smith - Thirty-five silver-plated ELNS leaf forms - polished with steel wire wheel 
©2014 Barry Smith - Thirty-five silver-plated ELNS leaf forms - polished with cloth wheel
And when combined with a bowl made on Friday you can see the beauty of the Daily Leaf Words.

©2014 Barry Smith - Daily Leaf Word set
©2014 Barry Smith - Daily Leaf Word set
I plan to take a few photos of the four sets I have made and put them in my online shop during the week. A great feeling to complete these simple but beautiful inspiration sets.

Friday, October 17, 2014


It has been one of those days - people and community came before art - on a number of occasions throughout the day.

I had intended to make 4 sets of Daily Leaf Words - my daily inspirational words sets but with word leaves instead of flat metal. By day's end (note the setting sun in the photo below) I had made the 4 bowls (plus a little aside bowl for a couple of friends); but had not finished the inspirational leaf words.

©2014 Barry Smith - Bowls at sunset on the handrail of the car turning deck.
A few photos of the emergence of the bowls.

©2014 Barry Smith - Marked and anvil hammered bowls
©2014 Barry Smith - A last annealing before final hammering with wooden hammer
And a couple reflecting the setting sun. The Daily Leaf Word bowls are about 110mm in diameter.

©2014 Barry Smith - High shine amidst the rusted metal
©2014 Barry Smith - Lovely pattern showing through - last bit of polishing to do.
As it is Friday the day will be celebrated with a glass or two of red.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The colour of spring and other images

At the moment our block is a riot of growth and colour. This morning I was particularly taken by the contrast of the colour of the new growth of our Japanese maple against a clear blue sky morning.

©2014 Barry Smith - Spring maple colour
Over the weekend Fiona and I attended a couple of exhibitions in the same building (one artists' books exhibition and the other a textile exhibition). I was taken by the detail in some of the pieces which I share in the following photos.

I apologise to the artists that I don't give them recognition for the fragments of their work - the visit and appreciation of the exhibition was a bit too fleeting for recording all the details.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Finally - book earrings

Fiona and my weekend has been full with jobs on the block; and attending an artists' book exhibition in another town. There was a fibre exhibition in the same venue as the artists' book exhibition - both exhibitions are beautiful - so in the future I would like to share a few close texture shots from the day.

©2014 Barry Smith - Metal on the anvil for micro earrings (20mm long X14mm wide)
 For an hour or so yesterday and a couple of hours today I managed to squeeze in work on micro book earrings and book pendants. Following are a few photos of the earrings drilled, riveted and polished. The earrings have love stamped on one earring and peace on the other. The are about 20mm long, 14mm wide and 6mm deep. The earrings and pendants are made from recycled silver-plated EPNS.

©2014 Barry Smith - Four sets of micro books
©2014 Barry Smith - Four sets of micro books
And a photo of the book pendants - about 35mm long and 20mm wide - one is stamped with the word wonder and the other dream.

G2014 Barry Smith - Small book pendants
And this is how the micro book earrings will look when assembled. I have added a gold jumping in for contrast.

©2014 Barry Smith - Peace and Love micro book earrings
©2014 Barry Smith - Peace and Love micro book earrings
I think the pair of earring above will make their way to Carol. Several pairs of the earrings will make their way into the online shop during the week.

Friday, October 10, 2014

A little reflected beauty at the end of the day

©2014 Barry Smith  - Shiny and reflective micro Starburst Bowl (25mm in diameter)
This Friday has been an art and people kind of day. It has included visiting a couple of open studios of artist friends; meeting about and reworking technical drawings for one of the large a art-feature panels for our local store; recycling a bit of metal for another friend; and doing a wee bit of hammering.

Given the short amount of time I decided to work on more of my small Starburst Bowls for my planned 'installation' of many such bowls.

As usual the work starts with scraps - in this instance the bases off metal wine and liquor 'glasses'.

©2014 Barry Smith - Bases on the annealing pit.
Goes through a few cycles of hammering.

©2014 Barry Smith - Two lots of hammering - more annealing and hammering to go.
And ends up with polishing.

©2014 Barry Smith - Micro Starburst Bowl in setting sun - lots of hammer texture 
©2014 Barry Smith - Shiny cluster of small Starburst Bowls reflecting the afternoon sun
©2014 Barry Smith - Shiny cluster of small Starburst Bowls reflecting the afternoon sun
I only managed to finish half of what I started; but my total completed stash has grown to just under 20 now. We have a visitor coming to share bubbles and pizza so I must away.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

About the moon

I'm pretty excited that there could be a chance that we will get to see another blood moon tonight. In the lead up to tonight I have taken a few shots of the moon - once very early in the morning (about 2am); and yesterday evening. Almost like a before the blood moon series of photos.

Thought I'd just share a few moon photos. First the morning photos.

©2014 Barry Smith - Early morning moon (Oct 14)
©2014 Barry Smith - Early morning moon (Oct 14)
©2014 Barry Smith - Section of the early morning moon (Oct 14)
And the evening photos.

©2014 Barry Smith - Evening moon through the trees (Oct 14)
©2014 Barry Smith - Evening moon through moving leaves (Oct 14)
©2014 Barry Smith - Contrast and light - moon through the leaves (Oct 14)
©2014 Barry Smith - A tinge of green light - moon through the leaves (Oct 14)
©2014 Barry Smith - Early evening moon (Oc 14)
I always find it interesting how the moon image appears to have rotated from evening to morning. I will now keep my eyes peeled tonight for the blood moon.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

More fish for True Cut Gallery

I didn't get much time over the weekend for creating art; though Fiona and I immersed ourselves in art. We attended the opening of Noela's artist of the month opening on Saturday night; attended a post opening dinner with a bunch of artists; and went to Kenilworth Sunday to check out the Kenilworth art prize exhibition and other art events.

True Cut Gallery has sold a couple of my metal fish recently; so I decided to make a start on a small school of small fish. The metal for the bodies are cut from old patterned jardinieres; then hammered into shape; and ground and polished ready for head, fins and tail. Head, fins and tail are made from offcuts of silver-plated copper and EPNS. All riveted together.

As you can see I managed to finish one fish which is about 300mm long.

©2014 Barry Smith - Brass cut and polished for fish bodies
©2014 Barry Smith - One fish finished and 7 to go.
©2014 Barry Smith - Metal fish - ready for market
If time permits I will progress the rest of the school during the week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Another fragmented Friday

©2014 Barry Smith - Slivers trimmed from the metal book pages (about 1-2mm wide)
Today has had its fair share of art in it - but it has been a bit of this and that. Fiona and I dropped the 28 silver-plated pages off in Caloundra to have them etched for the book job we are doing; Fiona took the Peace display down out of the local library cabinets; I cleaned up my work bench - including harvesting the slivers of metal above which might go to Noela for her jewellery; and I got to make a few more fragment bowls.

The photos of the metal fragment transformation follows.

©2014 Barry Smith - Random metal offcuts - about 40mmX55mm.
©2014 Barry Smith - Pressed and hammered metal on the anvil
©2014 Barry Smith  - Polished fragment bowls - very shiny - hard to photograph without reflections
©2014 Barry Smith  - Polished fragment bowls - showing the backs of a few
©2014 Barry Smith - Bowls on the anvil - the after shot - picking up colours around the bench
Fiona is on dinner detail - it includes bubbles - so all is well.