Friday, May 30, 2014

Unfinished on Friday

As is often the case 'on the block' the day has been quite full. After our coffee in town earlier today I had a load (3 cubic m) of river stones delivered for spreading in the drain beside our driveway; which I'm widening and edging. It rained. I worked with a guy with a mini skid steer machine to spread the stone. About 1.5 hours later it was completely done. And the rain was useful as it washed the mud off the stones.

©2014 Barry Smith - Metal for Peace Leaves - stamped and ready for folding
Today's tasks in the garage-studio was to: make a stash of leaf letter openers and peace leaves as I was totally out of stock after selling 7 LLOs and 3 silver plated leaves during the week; finish opening some brass and copper leaves that have been on the bench for ages; and do a test run on some metal linked to a possible commission.

So the metal (stainless steel, aluminium, silver-plated copper and silver) were all hammered but not ground or polished.

©2014 Barry Smith - Metal test - hammering flat metal
The leaf letter openers and peace leaves were folded, cut, hammered and unfolded but not ground or polished.

©2014 Barry Smith - Five LLOs in the rough & one busted LLO
©2014 Barry Smith - Seven Peace Leaves on the bench
And the 30 copper and brass leaves were open-end but not ground or polished.

©2014 Barry Smith - 30 copper and brass leaf forms ready for the polisher
So you can see why I titled this blog post -  "Unfinished on Friday". But still quite a bit of progress; and satisfaction about being in the studio after being away in Melbourne all week for work-work.

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful to see your processes, B, and so generous of you to share all this.I always think the leaves look great unpolished and then, you polish and they are magnificent.


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