Friday, January 18, 2019

Words for a daily focus or reflection

©2019 Barry Smith - Daily Leaf Word on sandstone - wonder
Recently I sold almost all of my Daily Leaf Words sets. The sets are made up of a shallow hammered bowl and seven leaf forms with inspirational words stamped on them. The leaf forms provide the owner with the opportunity to randomly draw out a leaf word each day. If the owner wanted, the word could provide a mindful focus for the day. At different times durning the day it is possible to reflect on the chosen word to centre one's thinking or have a calming stilling impact.

The words in my Daily Leaf Words sets are as follows:

©2019 Barry Smith
I decided to make seven sets. It started with cutting and stamping the 49 pieces of silver-plated metal.

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Then folding them; cutting them into the half leaf shape; hammering them; opening the hammered pieces; and then grinding and polishing the unfolded leaf forms.

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©2019 Barry Smith - Offcuts of leaf forms
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©2019 Barry Smith - Riveting hammer adapted and polished to be used in fold forming
©2019 Barry Smith - Antique square brass weight used to do the fourth stage of the unfolding
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I managed to grind and polish 14 leaf forms - I hope to do the other 35 over the weekend - time permitting.

©2019 Barry Smith - Seven Daily Leaf Words
However, before I settle into relaxation on Friday evening I'm going out into the cooler afternoon to continue to cut up the big 200mm square logs that were delivered about a week ago. More on that on Sunday.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Cool subtle lit morning for a walk

©2019 Barry Smith - Gardenia gathers overnight moisture
The morning sky was totally free of cloud. It was good for a cool morning and soft light; but suggested a hot day ahead.

Many of the plants and blossoms, such as the gardenia above, had gathered as much moisture as the could from the evening air; but that would burn off quite quickly.

A few images follow.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Delicate droplets on a rose bud - already drying off with the early morning sunshine - almost like a dusting of sugar crystals
©2019 Barry Smith  - Delicate grass seed
©2019 Barry Smith  - Delicate grass seeds with micro micro droplets that only appear to the eye when the focus is on a macro shot
©2019 Barry Smith  - Tiny blossom in the shade 
©2019 Barry Smith  - White hydrangea with morning sunlight and droplets
©2019 Barry Smith  - In the shade a holding water
©2019 Barry Smith  - One can hear the plant sigh with relief
©2019 Barry Smith  - Delicate weed flower and delicate almost invisible droplets
©2019 Barry Smith  - I loved the paper-like petals of this weed - morning glory
©2019 Barry Smith  - And loved the intense clouded that appeared as the iPhone lens focused on the light around the stamen
As predicted the day became very hot - not great to do manual work in even in the later part of the afternoon.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Cuff bracelets

©2019 Barry Smith - Silver-plated cuff bracelet on polishing cloth with small corrosion spot
I recently sold my last cuff bracelet made from high quality silver-plate that i usually cut from vintage silver-plated placemats if I have them in my metal stash.

With judicious cutting I can  get 4 bracelet blanks with good pattern out of such a placemat. Sometimes salt has been spilt on the placemat and that erodes the silver. This placemat was pretty good - just a couple of small corrosion spots.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Backs of blanks marked ready for bending
©2019 Barry Smith - Front of blanks - couple of corrosion spots evident
I used my new vice bending tool to get really accurate bends.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Four blanks bent to 90 degrees
To reduce the hammer marks on the pattern I covered the metal with duct tap and did all the heavier hammering with the tape on.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Blanks gently folded in the vice - covered in duct tape
©2019 Barry Smith  - Fold forming finished on the anvil using a soft nylon mallet
©2019 Barry Smith  - Unfolded and then set on the anvil
The forms were bent over a 50mm aluminium pipe held in the vice; and the final hammering and polishing was done gently. With the gently hammering and adjusting three really good cuffs were made and one other that has a couple of small corrosion spots.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Ground, polished and ready for bending into bracelet shape
©2019 Barry Smith  - Bent and given another polish on the workbench
©2019 Barry Smith  - One of the best - no corrosion spots

©2019 Barry Smith - Trio of cuffs on the workbench
It is good to have a few of these classic simple cuff bracelets back in stock.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Sidetracked by rust, love and connections

©2019 Barry Smith - Front of rusty washer ring
I had planned to make four cuff bracelets today; but got sidetracked making a ring for Fiona. Whilst we were in Scotland we found a very odd shaped rusty washer on the street in Thurso. Fiona asked if I could add a bit of silver to it as a contrast and turn it into simple pendant. So I made a loop out of hammered solid silver which I had riveted into an oblong after I had put it through the washer as you can see in the photo below.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Rusty washer pendant - Thurso Scotland
When we were moving a log as part of the reshaping of our task of creating a couple of sculpture terraces Fiona found a rusted washer that had fallen off a piece of fabric art she had attached to the post many moons ago. She thought it would be significant if the washer was turned into a piece of jewellery to create a link with the rusty washer from Scotland - like our two homes. But she didn't want another pendant so asked if I could make a ring out of: the washer; a circle of silver-plate on my work bench; and some form of plain ring. I had a plain solid silver ring that was spare from a commission quite some time ago. So I started with the bits below after spraying the rusty washer.

©2019 Barry Smith - Rusty washer etc
The pieces came together well I think.

©2019 Barry Smith  - Rusty washer ring - on the block Wootha
I asked Fiona to model the ring - I think it looks good on her hand.

©2019 Barry Smith - Love and global connections
©2019 Barry Smith - Love and global connections
I managed work on the cuff bracelets but more on that latter.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A few fragments from a recent trip

©2019 Barry Smith - Tile fragments
Fiona and I decided to take a few days away from the mountain at Christmas. We had a relaxing time.

Following are a few fragments of texture and colour from the trip.

©2019 Barry Smith - Lyre Bird tail feather detail

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©2019 Barry Smith - Painted poppy
©2019 Barry Smith - Woven
©2019 Barry Smith - Like holes in the night sky
©2019 Barry Smith - Colonising 
©2019 Barry Smith - Tiny fragments of sunshine on stems
©2019 Barry Smith - Pearl shell set in corten steel
©2019 Barry Smith - Rusty window on the sky
©2019 Barry Smith - Texture on a landscape
©2019 Barry Smith - Rent in paper fragment

There were no photos from this morning as I did not walk; but rather created an erosion barrier on the slope of a pair of long sculpture terraces we are creating.