Prospect Artist Tour is coming up

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A perfect opportunity to visit working studios and some of the best local artists on a sunny June weekend. Stop in the neighborhood, partake in one of the local restaurants or coffee shops and visitors t the artists studios.

Artists Studios will be open Friday June 7 4PM - 8PM and Saturday 12 noon to 8PM. Come and visit, see the studios and have a chance to see and buy one of a kind local art and jewelry direct for the artists.

Jewelry,

Drawing

Painting

Fabric Art

Mosaics

Wood turning

Letter Press

Ceramics

and of course,

Photography

From some of the best, most creative and original artists on our community.

List of the artists and a map

List of the artists and a map

New Show at pARTiculars in Lafayette, Colorado

I'm excited to be part of the Boulder Metalsmithing Association members only show at pARTicluars gallery in Lafayette from May 1-30. Visit the store at 401 S. Public Road Unit 1 in Lafayette anytime in the month of May, and join me there for the artists' reception and Lafayette Art Night Out on Friday May 10, 2019 from 5-8:30pm. Thanks for supporting me and other local artists!

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Cyclone Blizzard!!!!

Working in the studio today, looking out the window at the “cyclone blizzard”. Almost “springtime in the Rockies” and we are getting dumped on! Would just be a regular snowstorm except for the wind whipping everything around.

But, it makes for a great workday because-what else are you going to do? Makes me think I should look through my stash of stones and see what inspires me today. I have been doing a lot of work in turquoise so I think I need to change it up with something new. Maybe some Australian Variscite or Dendritic Agate Opals, or, or, or, etc. I will post the “snow projects” when they are finished.

Stay warm out there. Suppose to be clear tomorrow.

A lot activity leading up to the Holiday season

As always, you can find selections of my Jewelry at 

Pebble Art Jewelry in Niwot, right outside the Niwot market at 7980 Niwot road in Niwot.  I'm a resident Artist here and you can find my pieces as well as those of Kate and Jill all year.

Arts Longmont Gallery at 356 Main in Longmont.  I work in the Gallery and will be there on Saturday, November 5.  Come on by and we will talk about your jewelry preferences.

 

 

Working on some new techniques

I recently added a Pepe rolling mill to my studio equipment.  With the mill I can impress patterns on metal.  That opens up a whole new opportunity to add texture to the raw metals I use for earrings and bezel backings in my custom jewelry.  

After annealing the metal (this "softens" the metal to make it easier to imprint) I sandwich the metal and the pattern sheet between two pieces of card stock.  I use this to measure the thickness by placing the stack in between the rollers and closing them down to a snug fit and set my guide on the top to "0". I then open the rollers, take the bundle out, crank the rollers till I reach that "0" marking again, then tighten the rollers a quarter of a turn more to make sure that the additional pressure will give me a good imprint. I then crank the bundle through the rolling mill.

After the mill process I use a dapping kit and form the blanks into a curved shape that is ready for assembly

After the mill process I use a dapping kit and form the blanks into a curved shape that is ready for assembly

I have had a lot of fun using different things for imprinting.  I use a couple of different sized hole punches on heavy weight watercolor paper and ran sterling silver thru with that pattern.  It looked like shiny bubbles on a matte background because the texture of the paper transferred to the metal.  I also found a great resource for rolling mill patterns on Etsy, RollingMillResources.

I have just begun to play with this new toy and expect to imprint a lot of copper, brass, and sterling silver in the coming months.

These earring blanks have been textured through the mill and formed by hand hammering with the dapping tools and oxidized with Liver of Sulfur.

These earring blanks have been textured through the mill and formed by hand hammering with the dapping tools and oxidized with Liver of Sulfur.

Combine them earring wires and a bezel set stone that is soldered to the whole creating what you see here.

These are 6mm Turquoise cabochons set in Sterling Silver on imprinted Sterling Silver that has been oxidized with Liver of Sulfur.

  These are garnets set in  Oxidized Sterling Silver.

  These are garnets set in  Oxidized Sterling Silver.

A virtual tour of my studio

About a year ago my nephew, Kody Helart, did a video of me and my studio in Longmont Colorado, as part of his final project at the Art institute of Colorado.  

It's a good advertisement for my work and will provide some insight to my motivation and my creative vision.

To see a what's available now or to talk about custom designed pieces contact me via email.

For more of Kody' work check out This video  it gives you a good sample of his work.  He's a talented young man.

Thanks, Kody for the video.