Resurection Complete

Slowly it comes together.
Re used the old drawers. Added some cheapie shelves and a heavy duty shelf unit for storage. (Jarrah Underfoot on inspection tour)



Two table - one stand up the other sit down.



Some more cheapie shelves. And the more boxes I open, the more homes I need to find/create.



More work in progress.



You-beaut tool storage. No more rummaging in drawers for stuff you forgot you had.



Enameling department. 


Lookit all the little glass bottles of vitreous enamel powders  - with labels. Squeeeeeee!


A hammer rack. No no don't look too closely, they are resting on screws. Ya think I would have used dowel wouldn't you. (Lazy Greer)


My patented elevated bench pin system cos I don't have a 'real-jewelers-bench.' Easy to remove.



A place for everything and everything in it's place.
I can guarantee it will never look this tidy again!
Gotta love my half of the garage. Sorry car.


Cobwebs



This, Dear Readers is what you would have encountered had you happened to wander this way over the past 18 months.

My Husband's affliction has been an extremely hard road to travel. The property was too hard for only one person (me) to maintain and at our family's insistence, we have put the place on the market and moved to Brisbane and finally settled in Ipswich.

To get there. . . 
I did this. Multiplied by 7 other rooms and a 4 bay shed.

Then finally this.


Four weeks later unpacked the 83 cartons and with the all the creature comforts sorted, began this. 
The Resurrection Studio!


Waiting for the Light

After 5 stressful weeks of running on a generator, our off-grid solar power system is up and running again, thank goodness!
The up side of this is, I can now start a 2.5Kva generator on the first pull.

A few items for your deliberation

Lava Dome Bracelet

Lace Coral Earrings

Fishies

Jellyfish

Marmalade Cats

Barn Owls

Rustic Autumn

 
 Before Now

Summer Rabbit Necklace


Winter Raven Necklace



 

Feathers 'n' Fur

First quirky little Sweet Tweets. 
Flew out of the shop! Laugh if you wish

 Went to the local gallery - sold!

 Some red cardinals with wonky legs - flew out too!

 More - gone as well.

A widdle wabbit - gone

Fall Rabbit gone as well.

I think I might be onto something . . .

 

Cephalopodia

Have always had an abiding affection for all members of the Cephalopod family. 
As a child on beach holidays I could always find an octopus including the highly venemous blue-ringed variety to which I fed muscles.
(Oh the blissful ignorance of youth)
I swam in the kelp with squid and have even been lucky enough to see a paper nautilus in it's natural habitat.
Since my widdle paited wabbit came out so well, and I do have a huge pile of china paint, how could I resist?

Multiple layers of china paint and a final layer of clear enamel.
Couldn't resist a little fun on the counter enamel side.
Then, of course, I needed beads that reflected the weedy cluttered environment I imagined my wee beastie inhabiting.
Que the polymer clay.
Lovely multi layered, crubbly, glowing kelpaliscious colours.
And a nod to salty basalt rocks.


 

Definitely got my cephalopod love on!

Of Grease and Fire

Have you ever noticed how mechanical stuff seems to happen bunches?
Tally for this month: 
Spend week wriggling under vintage 1954 tractor to remove filter for hydraulic system. Damn I love the smell of gear oil. 
Pull wheel bearing out of 4wd repack and replace. Damn I love the smell of grease.
Pull defunct temperature probe out of venerable Bobby the Barrow (Bobcat) Try to fit new one but probe too big. More disassemble to come.
Replace front drive shafts on my little car. But hooray someone else did this!

With my greasy black nails and total chaos in the studio things somehow appeared.

 A timber wolf etched into faux bone on enamel
mount. Think polymer clay is easier and more versatile than the FB. Also have developed a thing about rough frosted glass beads.

Next playing with ceramic decals fired into enamel surface. A few bubbles caused by air under top coat, but rustic wabi sabi is all OK. Counter enamel not thick enough and focal bowed. So first attempt at a soldered pin mounting. Like the simplicity it gives to the enameled piece.
Look at the bail upon which the golden angels hang. My battered gold and opal ring that has been at the bottom of my stuff drawer since forever.

My stuff drawer also yielded 70 packets of china paint squirreled away yonks ago. Figured I may as well try and use them. Mix with clear liquid enamel and painted away with many firing between layers.
Awwwww a widdle wabbit. Almost outsmarted myself with the shape of the copper and with the enamel layers distorting the whole thing. Had to be a pin mount again. Only took 3 goes to figure it out.
Quite minimalist for me don't ya think. 
(I think I am now addicted to pin mounts).
 

Inching Forward

I feel rather like a looper caterpillar (inch worm to you) except I am stuck at the top of the loop and not stretching out to move.
My husband's illness has been rather consuming. Getting the drug benefit v's the side effects balance has been a thrilling ride I can tell you. After 2 months of experimenting with dose rate (fingers crossed) I think we may have the beast under control.
In the makies department I been delving into more vitreous enamel.
Just to show you I haven't been slack the next selection went to my shop.


Look soldered bezel. Torch fired enamel and little grungy cup shapes like coral on a reef. Tried torching little balls to hold the whole shebang together but there was too much of a heat sink so (cheat alert) I wired them on.
 Overfired liquid enamel.
Some grungy matte texture
Marine theme with cute little sand dollar lampies. And these. . . 


Followed by a selection for the local Gallery




And finishing with a peek at some work in progress.