Monday, September 24, 2007

photo extravaganza

I thought you might enjoy seeing some pics I took at Scottish Festival this past weekend. At the left are a few of the young ladies from Corry Academy of Irish Dance. I have watched for seven years as many of these girls have come up through the ranks of dancers to emerge as really fine artists, continuing a great legacy and keeping alive traditional Irish dance. Below are two of the girls in action.

Here are the Wichita Scottish Country Dancers, led by Andy Aitken, the gentleman facing the camera. Sorry this photo is so dark. We were in a large tent.

These are the Sunflower Stompers, a clogging team from McPherson who travel all over the state and even out of state performing at all kinds of venues.
On to other things. I had promised some photos of the PMC jewelry I've been working on, so here they are. These are all pendants.

This piece was made using a rubber stamp of an angel. I have captured the head and one wing. I used liver of sulfur to give the piece a patina.

Another piece taken from a rubber stamp. I like to use the rollover method of construction because it provides the piece with a built-in bail for threading the neck chain. I treated this with a product called "black Max" which gives a very dark patina.

I've made a couple of these pendants, again from a rubber stamp. This has a loop bail on the back and no patina.

This is rather dark but you can get the idea. I made this on a rubber texture mat made for use with PMC. Another example of a rolltop bail, plus this includes a champagne colored CZ stone set into the piece. Again, patinaed with liver of sulfur.
I have a few pairs of earrings also in process, plus one or two more pendants.


Lesley said...

I love your PMC pieces especially the one with the rolled bale. Oh dear, that's something else I'm going to have to try at some point!

CG said...

Great photos and your jewellery pieces look beautiful. i love Irish dancing!

Lesley said...

Hi again - thanks for your lovely comments on my blog. I've popped in here to check out your felted bowl that you mentioned and I'm very impressed! I love the colours you've used. Now that's something else I'm going to have to try, instead of housework ;-)