Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fine Lines

As promised here are some photos of the finished Keraflex jewellery pieces. As I expected its been a steep learning curve with a fair amount of problem solving on the way, mostly because the pieces are so thin I felt they needed some kind of backing to add strength. In the end I used some clear flexible acrylic which doesn't add any weight and is comfortable next to the skin.
The origami pieces are just a bit of fun at the moment, it would be good to make them into jewellery too but I don't think they're quite strong enough to wear, and I have to work out how to place holes for findings without them filling with glaze.
The Jewellery will be on display at Urban Cow Gallery in their Mini Showcase Cabinet from 1st March 2011 for a month


Linda Starr said...

Oh those pendants are beautiful, can't wait to order my sample. Have a great show at the Urban Cow, wish I lived closer I'd jaunt on over.

Where did you get the back you used for the pendants, I've never heard of flexible acrylic. I do notice the thinner stuff will flex, is that what you mean. What glue did you use? I tried using two part epoxy with tiles and they popped off of acrylic, perhaps too slick of a surface. I'm trying E6000 and liquid nails next.

Alison Arnold said...

Hi Linda, I'm not sure what it's called, my husband just found a piece at work and luckily it was just what I was looking for (apparently its used for the plastic curtains they have in the doorways of cold food stores) I've asked him to try and find out where they got it from, if he does I'll let you know, I used E6000 glue as well.

Linda Starr said...

Oh, thanks so much that helps, I know what you mean by that plastic material in food storage areas, I can ask for that, thanks.

My tiles were thicker ones mounted on 1/4 inch acrylic and after I mounted them I think the weight of the tile made the acrylic flex. Still trying to think of way to mount grouped tiles on a clear background so they look like they are floating on the wall without having to hang each one individually, if you know what I mean.