Sunday, November 15, 2009

so more on the second reliquary object. i brainstormed a list of all the different things i associated with middle bass and got a list of around twenty things. i narrowed down my list of things to the ones i might adequately represent through texture. like i have memories of stealing tomatoes out of the neighbors garden but a picture of a tomato is not something normally associated with a specific place. so i tried to come up with different visuals for each of the senses, for sight on the inside back of the box would be a texture similar to that of either the pebbles on the beach that i spent hours combing over or the play of light under the water. for scent the is a particular plant called sweet annie that grows wild all over the island and smells like heaven. my sister actually scoured greenhouses and catalogs to find some so she could grow it and be reminded of the island. for taste, middle and north bass were the very first producers of wine grapes in the united states so grapes are heavily associated with the area. for sound there are hundreds of thousands of birds and the crashing of the waves but in particular we have a great blue heron that always comes and sits on our neighbors dock. and while the peacocks on the island are much more vocal and flamboyant i dont think they quie fit the serene quality of the object i wish to make. for feel or texture ive always been fascinated by the water snakes that live in the rocks in front of our house and some times there are dozens out there. they are indigenous only to the islands in lake erie and are an endangered species, so i think the texture of their sales and the shape of their bodies is very evocative of the island.

Friday, November 13, 2009

reliquary object number two

so i had the idea for the first reliquary object which was that of a ring. for the second to maintain the same theme of a reliquary of middle bass, and Jan mentioning that previous classes made a reliquary for their ring i thought it might be cool to do the same. i found another common style of reliquary which open so you can view the contents and i could place the ring inside. or alternatively since we are learning how to set stones i might be able to set a piece of lake glass that I've found on the beaches in front of my fathers cottage. on the surface of the metal i brainstormed all the different images that i associate with middle bass.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

jewelry 2

so for the reliquary hollow forming project i thought of making a reliquary to hold something important to me, instead of a saints remains. i think im going to make a ring so i can take it every where with me. the thing closest to my heart is middle bass island. most of all the pictures of reliquaries have a similar structure similar to a house. here is a picture of a pretty standard one. usually the outside of the reliquary reflects and or describes what is on the insides like scenes from the saints life, and are incredibly ornate. i thought of using that shape and instead creating a ring with images i associate with middle bass on the outside. and perhaps on the inside i can put a little drawer so it can actually hold a piece of lake glass. on one flat side i would put a silhouette of the island itself and on the other one of the island ferry. on the bent sides/top i would but views of the lake and other islands(balast, put-in-bay) that i associate with being there or the winery, and id texture the rest to look like water.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cast cookies, wax, soap, anything edible sugar
-With silicone
-Pros edible
Cast gorilla glue
-With wax, engraved metal
- design must be thin as glue cures with contact with moisture, spray mold lightly with water
Pros thin lacy designs

Cast minimally expanding foam
-With plaster of paris, drawback it’s a onetime use mol
-Pros large things

Cast Detergent powder
-Pros make something smaller to medium sized

With cuttlefish
-Pros cool texture

Mothermolding- used to hold a soft flexible mold for casting