Monday, December 30, 2013

What I did on my Christmas vacation...

I've loved having time off.  Visited with family, did some shopping, and got some work done in the studio....well...dining room actually.

I have been working on some new designs to etch in copper for texture sheets.  I finally got most of them onto copper sheet and ready for etching...which will happen today.  Using the bench shear is so much fun.  The metal cuts like butter.  All this time I've been cutting the metal by hand...which is OK in a pinch....but is very hard on the hands when doing a lot.  And it curls when cutting by hand.  The shear cuts clean and neat...makes me wonder why I didn't have one of these a long time ago.

Well...time to set up the etch solution.  Once I have these done I can't wait to see how they look in clay.  I usually grab a wad of polymer and start pressing into the texture.


Catherine Witherell said...

Oh that looks like fun!

Marissa said...


They look awesome. I used to love etching copper. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Happy New Year!


Elaine said...

What a gorgeous bench shear! What an inspiringly huge array of copper ready to etch!

Elaine said...

I just noticed the plates with the swirls and the bubbles -- that's really different for you!