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Still alive?

So yes, I am still alive! Though I really don't post here these days, I wanted to post a link to my new website, and by extension the places I am more active (facebook, twitter).

Check it out!

http://kindofstrange.com/

The logo is an in-progress sort of deal. If you've got any feedback, just lemme know!
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Mantis progress

Coming along...

Copper tube rivets with sterling accents and a silver set peridot cabochon accent.  I should be able to wrap this up one up tonight, if I give it a good try.

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Seattle Metals Guild Biennial Exhibition

Cross-posting from Facebook just for the hell of it.

The Seattle Metals Guild Biennial Exhibition is now up and running at the Washington State Convention Center.

http://seattlemetalsguild.org/events/2011-biennial-exhibition

"The Seattle Metals Guild is pleased to invite you to participate in the 2011 Biennial Exhibition. Every other year, SMG produces a grand exhibition open to participation from all SMG members. This year the show will coincide with the Society of North American Goldsmith's conference (SNAG) coming in late May. The show will be held in the South Galleria of the Washington State Convention Center. The Galleria space is the central thoroughfare of the Convention Center, with nearly 20,000 visitors walking through daily. The 2011 Biennial Exhibition will be among the largest, if not the largest exhibition of jewelry and metal art in the pacific NW during 2011.

In an effort to build a stronger metals community in the Pacific Northwest we as a guild have invited neighboring guilds to be a part of our show. The 2011 Biennial Exhibition will exhibit the work of not only Seattle Metals Guild members but also members of the Creative Metal Arts Guild of Portland, OR and the Spokane Jewelers’ Guild. The annual Passing the Torch exhibition, an exhibition of work created by Washington State High School metal arts students, will be shown simultaneously in the North Galleria. All in all a very exiting event."


There's a reception on Sunday the 17th at 2pm if anyone is interested in joining me. I have a couple of pieces in the show, but even if I didn't I'd still go. There's going to be a lot of really cool work from local and not-so-local (Portland friends!) artists and I can pretty much guarantee you'll see something you've never seen before.
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Walrus ivory ring

A quick in progress shot of a men's ring that I'm working on:



Argentium sterling silver, sterling silver, fine silver, pre-ban walrus ivory, moissanite

This one has been a heck of a learning process.

Fun tidbit: The wavy edge on the left is the outline of the original edge of that section of broken off tusk layer.
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Horn Mask

The fruits of my 'Metal Masquerade Masks' workshop experience this weekend:

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Considering I'd never done any raising prior to this (the whole thing started as a flat piece of copper) and I only had approx. 2 days of working time, I'm pretty pleased with the result. I'll be adding leather straps, some fur trim and possily some antler 'tusks' in the next week or so.
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Eye of the Wild

This is going to be a rather large neckpiece when finished, to say the least...



The lower section is a duiker horn. As the horn is hollow, I've filled it with small pieces of deer leg bone and a few small bits of sterling silver. The result is a gentle rattle sound when shaken.