FusedGoldToIron

A couple of my latest fused gold to steel works

New works, Holiday events and more.  Sit back, explore and enjoy.

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My annual Holiday Trunk Show will take place on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry in Monument, CO in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.  I love doing this show at Marylee’s cozy cottage gallery and shop.  She has created such a warm atmosphere for artists to display their works.  I will have all of my latest offerings.  There will be warm cider to compliment the Small Business Saturday shopping experience there, along with some tasty treats too.  Please join us, if you live in the area.  It’s a great way to kick off your Holiday shopping and support local businesses.  Thank you.

I have had a number of requests for earrings with posts, so here are a few of them.

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I love Aspen leaves.   New to my Botanicals series, these have been created by the chasing and repousse technique.  Sterling silver, oxidized to emphasize the details.

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From Sensory Delights, the texture has been created through the use of a pattern sheet and my rolling mill.  Oxidized sterling silver, to bring out the details.

If you can’t make my Trunk Show, you are in luck.  Once again, Nancy Bonig (founder of the Front Range Open Studios) will be hosting the Holiday Party for artists who were part of this year’s tour.  I’m one of the participating artists who will be joining the festivities.   Mark you calendars for Saturday, December 6th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  There will be plenty of goodies from food to drink to art!  Free gift wrap with your purchase too.  It’s a win win.

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Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  I am so very grateful for all the blessings in my life.  I appreciate your continued interest in my work and taking the time to read this blog. And, as always, I thank my husband Dan for taking such wonderful photographs of my work.  I couldn’t do any of this without your love and support.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of demands on my time.  I like to think I am fairly good at time management.  However, there comes a point where I just cannot get to my bench to create.  Fortunately, that time has passed and thanks to a beautiful rainy day, I returned to my creative zone on Sunday.  Ah, working in my studio, soothing music plays, new projects start to unfold with a slumbering basset hound at my feet; that is perfection….my picture of contentment.

One of the items I recently finished was another Aspen cuff; chased in sterling and oxidized with a liver of sulphur patina.  This is the first cuff design that I have drawn free hand, on the metal, from my observations of fresh Aspen branch cuttings.  I have found myself completely absorbed by the Chasing & Repousse technique.   I am so grateful that I had, what I considered to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn this from Il Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca during the summer.  Chasing and Repousse, the Italian Way, as Fabrizio likes to say.  I am forever in his debt.

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New works on the bench are some items in my Treescape series.  I am so thankful for the continued response and interest in this line.  Currently I’m working on a variety of earring shapes in preparation for a November Trunk Show and the Holiday Season too.

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That creative pace I enjoy is settling into perfect momentum, which allows me to produce a variety of new items.

I will leave you with a bit of a teaser.  Music is one of the many things I love. How will I incorporate it into my work?  Wait and see….rings, earrings, pendants and cuffs are coming soon.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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Botanicals ~ Ginkgo Leaves; 22Kt Gold fused to Steel
Photo credit: Dan Krucoff

September brings a change in seasons here in Colorado. The temperatures have already started to cool in anticipation of fall. Trees are even starting to change color. I love this season. And with September comes the Front Range Open Studios!

SignLook for these colorful signs to guide you to the 16 artist studios on this year’s tour.  I am delighted to be returning to the tour, now in its 4th year.  So many creatives, sharing what they do and opening their studios to the public during the weekend of September 13 – 14, 2014.

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Botanicals ~ Aspen Leaves; Sterling Silver
Photo credit: Daniel Krucoff

During this year’s tour weekend,  I will be demonstrating a metalsmithing technique known as Chasing and Repousse.  I took a 5 day workshop this summer from Il Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca.  What a wonderful experience and it has opened so many possibilities for me in my work.

The cuff shown at the top of this post is a combination of techniques; Chasing and Repousse, plus fused gold to steel.  My husband Dan had a great idea to video my work on this cuff, from start to finish.  Here’s a sneak preview of that video.

If you visit my studio during the tour weekend, the video of this piece’s fabrication will be playing (except during the Bronco game on Sunday).  Throughout the days on Saturday and Sunday, I will be demonstrating Chasing and Repousse, the Italian way.  My goal is to share how this technique can be utilized to create wonderful forms of personal adornment.

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I will also be debuting a number of Aspen leaf earrings, like this pair.  Fused 22Kt gold to steel.  The movement in these reminds me of the way the Aspens in our back yard move as the wind blows.  As a matter of fact, several of the young Aspen leaves from this spring served as patterns for the earrings.

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This is the map to our studios.  Click on the map or this link for the online information showing where our studios are located. My studio is lucky #13!

In addition to all of this, we have the Zentangle Challenge!

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What are Zentangles? They are a form of creative doodling.  The ‘zen’ part is the calm, relaxing sensation one experiences during this form of self-expression.  Anyone can do it.

Ten artists on the tour have either incorporated Zentangles into their work or have examples as inspiration in their work space.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find all ten artist locations where the Zentangles exist.  When you find them, circle or star the location on the studio brochure (that is your entry form for this contest).  Once you have identified all ten locations, you can leave your completed brochure at any tour studio.  Please include your name, email and phone number so we will know how to contact you if your name is drawn as the winner.  The prize, a gallery quality dichroic  glass platter by Nancy Bonig Glass Studio!

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The weather forecast is wonderful for this weekend, with a hint of coolness and that means I might make a batch of spiced cider for people who visit me.

Until next time, I continue to aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

Yes, you read this right, The Blog Hop!

I am not sure who started this, but I find it is a wonderful way for artists to introduce people to other artists that we know and admire.  I have been invited to participate in a “blog hop” by artist Robin Samiljan.  I first ‘met’ Robin through the Art Scuttlebutt forums (that no longer exist) and I was drawn to her paintings, especially those of bamboo.  While she was working on her masters, she asked me and others for some feedback that she incorporated into her dissertation. Robin captures the beauty of nature in her work and I know that is why I am a huge fan of what she does.

My participation in the blog hop lets me introduce you to her art and her blog along with three other artist bloggers I admire. I also have an opportunity to answer 4 specific questions, allowing me to share more about my creative process and art.

First I would like to introduce Robin.  Oh and I wish I was the one who created the beautiful necklace that Robin is wearing, but it wasn’t me.  Gorgeous piece befitting a beautiful artist.

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“I am inspired to create a balance between what I see and what I feel. Golden hues of autumn leaves at North Pond, the ominous Gothic shadows standing in front of the Wrigley building, or the silver reflections from a fresh snow in streetlight on Broadway Street, evoke feelings that exist forever in my mind. The vintage buildings along Lake Shore Drive remind me of my childhood and the many visits and family dinners at my grandparent’s apartment. I paint the brownstones and skyscrapers surrounded by foliage and perennials and re-discover contentment and warmth from my past. Having spent 25 years in New England, a move back to Chicago last June has shifted my artistic focus from rural landscape to urban surroundings and cityscape.”  ~ Robin Samiljan

Onward to my answers to The Blog hop questions:

1) What am I working on?
 Currently, I am focusing on combining two techniques that I learned in workshops over the summer.  Those techniques are: a. Fusing 24KT Gold to Steel and b. Chasing & Repousse.   I have two bracelet blanks sitting on my jeweler’s bench that have had the first stage of the process completed.  The gold has been fused and placed in locations in the steel where the leaf placement will be.  I have one for Gingko leaves and another for Aspen leaves.  The next step for this work will be employing Chasing and Repousse to create the leaf patterns.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I have my own unique style, as every artist does.  It’s like my signature and I can recognized others works by their ‘signature’ too.  I think it is hard to differentiate yourself from others in any field and producing Art Jewelry certainly is not different in that aspect.  The one thing I hear a lot about my work is that it is very earthy and organic.  I was surprised that it took me a couple of years to find myself in my work, but it happened and my advice to any artist is to be persistent.  Whatever you do, do not try to force anything to happen because I have found that will never work.  One day the real you will come through in your work and I am grateful that has happened for me.

3) Why do I write about what I do or work as I do?
I have always loved working with my hands.  In the late 2000′s, many people were blogging and I wanted to experience that.  Once I started metalworking, I wanted to document my journey in that medium through this blog.  Writing about the various techniques, my learning curves and experiences, including the successes and failures, along with a few tool reviews here and there…..well….it all just came naturally and I enjoyed it.  Every great artist started with that first brush stroke, from there, I believe a passion ignited.  Some have more natural abilities than others, but the important thing to me is to acknowledge that everyone has gifts that are meant to be shared.  I am always striving to improve, learn and grow in every aspect of my life.  It is my hope that I can help others in some small way with this blog to just do it.  Step outside of your comfort zone.  You never know what wonderful rewards are there waiting for you!
4) How does my working process work?
It varies.  As I have grown in this medium, I am no longer surprised when an image forms in my mind of a particular design.  I will record that on paper.  As I work on it, I refine what the original concept was.  The fabrication begins with my choice of metal (gold, silver, copper, bronze or steel) and the magic begins for me.  Attention to detail is key for the fine craftsmanship I seek in my work.
The artist/bloggers I have chosen to feature are past and present day.  All are inspirations to me and I greatly admire their body of work.
Georgia O’Keefe
Sarah GreenoughWhat can be said about this legend that hasn’t already been said.
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I feel this sense of affinity with her because of her connection with what happens to an artist when they are in Santa Fe.  You can see this in her works.  She was always growing and pushing herself as an artist.
Ansel Adams
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A master of black and white photography.
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When I hear he was never satisfied with his work, on some level I understand.  Always striving to be better, to capture the right light.  In his day, he didn’t know the results until the film was developed.  He possessed such a gift.
Dale Chihuly
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Color, shape, wild abandonment.  A true force.
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This summer my husband and I had the good fortune to see one of his installations at the Denver Botanical Gardens.  The blending of shapes and colors with the natural beauty of the Gardens was breathtaking.
I hope you enjoyed this brief summary of each of the artists I admire.
Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

 

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That’s right, “Don’t Jump!”  Great advice, and if you want to find out why, you will have to read to the end of this post.

Last month, I got a new torch.  It’s the Meco Midget for oxygen and acetylene.  My incentive for buying this type of torch came directly from the Chris Nelson workshop where I learned to fuse gold to iron.  So much growth and learning has come from my recent classes.

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As a result of getting the new torch, I am now learning to weld!  Why?  Well, I am more than a bit surprised myself.

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Here’s why I am learning to weld.   My work has always been described as organic.  I tend to love leaves, branches, trees and incorporate them in my works.  With welding, I can create branches and do some pretty cool finished edges on metal too!

The new torch has brought challenges.  Many people do not like acetylene and think of it as a dirty gas.  If you don’t have the gas mixture right when you light the torch, it produces a sooty flame.  That soot is fuel, acetylene, that has not burnt.  I have cleaned up my share of soot as I’m learning about this new torch and fuel system.  However, if you have the right person to show you a few of the ins and outs of this process, well, let me tell you, with practice you can master it and will love it.

In my case, my friend Jerry McClure, offered his advice and expertise.  As a matter of fact, Jerry even went out of his way to come to my studio this past weekend and show me how to use this torch, along with giving me my first welding lesson.  Thank you Jerry!  I think it’s all part of his grand plan to keep me in his debt, but I’m ok with that….it’s good to owe Jerry favors, if you catch my drift.

Let me add, as an aside, that Jerry is an expert knife maker, among other things.  He knows a lot and is more than happy to share. He has a wealth of experience working with iron, steel, damascus and other metals.

Now back to the story.  I will admit that this new torch and gas mix gave me some fits.  Soot particles floating through the air, the loud popping when the fuel blows itself out because I’ve adjusted it incorrectly, and more than I care to say.  However, I’m determined. I have been working on things on my own; having my share of failures and a few successes.  After Jerry demonstrated what the Meco can do, I know this torch is going to be a very valuable asset.

When Jerry first said he was going to show me how to weld, I thought “Why?”.  How in the world was I going to incorporate that into any of  jewelry I make?  Well, I have enough sense and previous experience with Jerry to know when he wants to show me something, just watch and learn because it will make sense.

First thing he started with was making a branch with the welding rod.  Wow.  Impressive.  I can see the possibilities.  This is exciting.

Next the Mud Dauber effect.  What?  That’s right, the mud dauber effect.

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The insect

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 Their handiwork. 

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Jerry’s example of the mud dauber effect.

Now I am not a fan of anything in the bee/wasp/hornet family, but I’ve watched these guys work (from a distance of course) and this technique with a welding rod produced a very interesting look.  I’m going to do a lot of playing/practice in this space.

Getting the right mix of oxygen and acetylene with the torch is key, as I have had it too hot.  Jerry helped a lot in this area, along with explaining things in terms that are easy for me to understand.  With practice, the flame I get, will be the flame I want.

Another cool thing I learned was how I can create edges that are delicate or robust.  The possibilities are intriguing and I will be working on those techniques a lot!

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My first practice edging and branches

Just as I suspected, I got why Jerry wanted me to learn how to weld.  Nodding of head and a special smile here.

Last, but certainly not least is why I titled this post “Don’t Jump”.  With sparks flying and torch popping, my natural inclination is to jump.  I’m startled.  This is a new world for me and I certainly have not mastered anything that Jerry has been doing for the past 40+ years.  His greatest advice, “Don’t jump”, coupled with keep a fire extinguisher handy….which I always do.

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As long as you respect the flame and have a keen awareness of what you are doing, this is safe.  The onus is on you as the wielder of the torch, to respect it and stay focused on what you are doing.  It is your responsibility and if you cannot be in charge, don’t try any of this.

As Jerry likes to say, what he does is like rocket science but without the rockets!

Thank you Jerry for making the time and going out of your way to stop on Sunday to open a new world of possibilities for me and my work.  I’m in your debt and I know you like that my friend.

As soon as I have new works with these techniques, I will post pictures either here or on my Facebook page.  Thanks for your continued interest in what I do as a metalsmith.

A special thanks to Dan who took the majority of these photos….I especially like the last one where you can literally see a star shaped flying spark!

Until next time, I am, as always, aspiring to be more as an artist and a person.

 

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A Facebook friend made the comment that she liked how I was “branching out” with my work.  She had seen my status updates last week as I posted progression photos of this bracelet.  I know she is right, my work is branching out and I love the feeling.

Last Wednesday, I started a 5 day workshop with Il Maestro Fabrizio Acquafresca.  It was amazing.  I don’t think my work will ever be the same.  He teaches a metalsmithing technique called Chasing and Repousse.  It is challenging, but the rewards are so worth the effort.

I thought you might enjoy seeing how this bracelet evolved.

The first day of the workshop we did a very simple dragon fly to get acquainted with the tools and get a feel for the process.  I can’t tell you how many times Fabrizio had to lift my left elbow off the bench while I was working.  He wants everyone to understand and develop the feel for the right way of doing things.  Why?  Because it is essential for the correct execution of hammer and tool, but also for your long term physical well being.  It’s all part of the learning curve and boy howdy am I learning.

On the second day, we had the freedom to choose a pattern and decide what we wanted to make.  I knew I wanted a bracelet.  True to form, I wanted something different and went asymmetrical.

I am fond of Gingko leaves and thought that would be a good place to start.  After a few sketches, I set my sites on this one.

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I thought it would give me enough variety to practice the different depth levels and it didn’t let me down.

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The copper in the upper left corner was an example Fabrizio created for me to follow.  I had difficulty with moving the tool in a flow along the metal.  Given that this was my second day attempting the technique and Fabrizio had been doing this since he was 13, well, I know there is a ton of practice in front of me.  I persisted and was rewarded.

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The material the metal rests in is Fabrizio’s formula of virgin tar and a calcium mix.  Initially I thought it would be sticky, but it is not.  It’s quite conducive to the process and others who had done this technique using other forms of ‘pitch’ found this material to be the best and easiest they had ever worked with.

Over the next couple of days, I went through the process and saw plenty of progress.  Plus I was learning so much.  This next photo shows that the metal is flipped and I am at the start of adding more detail to what would eventually become the outside of the bracelet.

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Detailing completed, the piece was ready for the wire to be soldered to the back for stability and comfort.

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I wanted an irregular shape for the bracelet.  This worked out quite well because the narrowest section would be on top of my wrist and the wider areas hold the bracelet on the underside of my forearm.  Comfortable and lightweight, plus that design created stability so the bracelet doesn’t move around on my arm.  It was now ready to be formed and shaped to fit my wrist.

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For the finished piece that you see at the top of this post, I used a liver of sulphur solution to give it more of an aged look.  I actually prefer that look over a high polish, but either works well.  I do think the liver of sulphur helps to bring out the detail in the piece.

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Left to right – Shannon, Me, Andrea, Fabrizio, Elizabeth, Sandy, Ann, Amy, Nancy and Gloria.

We had a great group; a perfect blend of creatives.  I considered this workshop to be one of those lifetime opportunities.  If you ever have a chance to take this workshop from Fabrizio, DO IT!  The investment in yourself to learn this kind of skill from a true master is invaluable.

Fabrizio is patient and one of the best teachers I have had.  He has an exuberance and zest for life!  There is never a dull moment.  Enjoyable, entertaining and packed full of knowledge. Ok, it’s just plain fun.  A win, win!

I know I am branching out and so excited about the possibilities.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

 

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Happy almost summer everyone!  There is so much going on that I wanted to share what I consider to be ‘important things to remember‘.  So here goes…..

Invest in yourself.  Continuing to learn and grow is an essential part of who I am.  I am a firm believer in investing in yourself.  At the end of May, I was joined by a group of fellow metalsmith friends and  took Chris Nelson’s three day Ferrous Musing workshop.  What a blast and wonderful educational experience.  We learned how to fuse gold to iron.  It is an amazing process and there are so many ways to expand our work with this technique.

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Left to Right, Frank Maiolo, Ginny Maiolo, Chris Nelson, Jodie Bliss, Sandy Murphy and me (Kathleen Krucoff)

In attendance were artists/friends I have known for a long time, Ginny & Frank Maiolo (Monument Moon Studio), Sandy Harris Murphy and Jodie Bliss.  We are calling ourselves the Monument Chapter of the Ferrous Musing Gang.  Our respective works are as diverse as our personalities.  Chris had just finished speaking at the Santa Fe Symposium and was brimming with tons of ideas and information for us.

This is the first piece I completed during the workshop. I am happy to report that I have more pieces in the works too.

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For all you metalsmiths out there, this is a great workshop.  Our gang plans on taking another workshop with Chris once we hone our skills from this one.  Points of interest on this workshop, Chris covers salt water etching, tool making (chisels for creating your unique textures on metal), fluxes, patinas, pickle, alloying and fusing gold.  Well worth the price of admission and then some.  I believe we all felt we would only be limited by our own imagination.

Be an active participant.  Get involved in your community.  If you are an artist, I strongly recommend participating in local events and getting to know your fellow artists.  This week has a couple of special events that are near and dear to my heart.

  • Art Hop, Monument, CO.  June 19th is the Third Thursday of the month and Art Hop will be in full swing.  Nancy Bonig and I will be at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry from 5 – 8 PM.  Each of us will be doing demos of  at least one of the techniques we use in our respective works.  I can promise this will be fun!  Ginny, Frank and Jodie will be over at Jodie Bliss’ Studio too.  One of the threads that ties all of us together is we are artists in this year’s Front Range Open Studios.  Stop by and visit with us.

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  • The Glass Elements Show, Manitou Springs, CO.  Opening reception for this show is Friday, June 20th from 5 – 8 PM.  Show location is the Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, CO.  This exhibit runs through August 10th.  An added bonus is several of us have created works from the glass remnants found from last year’s Black Forest Fire.  I have seen some of the works and I can tell you this is a very special show.

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Remember the pickle pot.  I have to leave you with something humorous.  I guess some people wouldn’t share their mistakes.  I have learned to laugh at myself and I am grateful for this; my philosophy is life is too short to take yourself too seriously.

After learning so much in the Chris Nelson workshop, I had to purchase a number of things so I could start to use the new technique.   New items in my studio are:

  • A new torch set up, including new fuel tanks.
  • A new work station area.
  • Different flux & pickle (the acid solution to clean your metal).

Sunday I was finishing up my preparations to have everything ready for the new process.  Time to fire up the new torch.  Well, that was a disaster which will be the subject of another blog post!  I’ll leave it at, no fire or undo harm occurred to me or my studio.  I just needed to master the lighting and use of the new torch.  As with all things, practice is essential and important.

I eventually did managed to fuse gold and put the items in my newly prepared pickle for cleaning.  I now have 2 separate pickle pots, each with a different cleaning agent.  We had been warned not to leave things in the iron/gold solution too long as all could be lost, i.e., consumed by the pickle!  I set a timer so I wouldn’t forget, pulled my pieces out and they looked awful….a tangled, globby mess of junk.  I was frustrated.  This on top of the anxiety I had experienced with a new torch/gas set up was too much.  As I will do when things are not going well, I turned everything off, slowly backed out of the studio and closed the door.  Securing a glass of wine in one hand, I found a spot on the couch and snuggled with a loving basset hound to nurse my perceived wounds.

Monday evening a practice run with the torch proved successful!  One hurdle tackled.  On to the pickle pot.  I had turned it on so the solution could heat as I was going to place my pieces in it again to attempt to clean them one more time.  This time I decided to check how warm the pot was, felt the side and it was cold.  It was at that point that the light dawned….I may have turned the pot on, BUT since it was a new pot, I had NOT PLUGGED IT INTO THE SOCKET!  In the words of Homer Simpson, “DOH!!!!”

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Pot plugged in, solution warmed, pieces submerged.  The appropriate amount of time later, pieces were cleaned!

There are several morals to this story.

  1. When you are having problems, making mistakes, I have found it is best to stop and retreat.  Get some rest and come back to it another day if at all possible.
  2. Retrace your steps.  Never assume (ya, I think we’ve all seen that diagram of the word assume).
  3. And yes, it is just as important to turn your pickle pot on (check the power supply to the pot) as it is to turn it off.

In the very near future, I will be writing a blog post about my new Meco torch, an oxygen/acetylene set up.  Given how limited information was on the web about this, I will review and with Dan’s help, post a video on important aspects about this type of system.

Until next time, (hope to see you at some of the local events), aspire to be more as a person and an artist.

 

 

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It’s that time of year again.  This Thursday, May 15th, is the official start of the Art Hop season in Monument, CO.  For the next 5 months, on the third Thursday of the month, the merchants in historic downtown Monument will have their shops open from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.  There’s even a new winery opening this week, Catriona’s, which I think will be very interesting to visit and enjoy their cafe, along with a tasting room.

I will be at my favorite hang out, Santa Fe Trail Jewelry, with my latest works.  The earrings shown below are from my Sensory Delights series.  A sweet, light weight pair that remind me of a Pharaoh’s  head dress.

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It certainly is a fun evening.  So much going on, so many places to see and people having a great time.  Lots of artists are in attendance and we all love talking about what we do as we create our works.

Hope to see you there.

Until next time, aspire to be more as a person and an artist.

 

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All photos by Daniel Krucoff

I am very excited about my first trunk show of 2014. It will be at Santa Fe Trail Jewelry in Monument, Colorado on this Saturday, May 10th.  Hours for the show are from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  The earrings pictured at the top of this post are one of many new items I will have available.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I will be debuting my latest series, Sensory Delights.

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I’ve been working on a number of bracelets and this is one that has smaller stones.  I find it to be very feminine and I’m happy with the textures and color combinations.  A bit of eye candy for the wearer and observer alike!

Marylee Reisig, owner of Santa Fe Trail, will be hosting this event. She has created such a warm and inviting atmosphere for her customers and artists. I feel completely at home when I am there.

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I find this style of earring to be one of my staples now.  Turquoise adds a pop of color and they have lots of texture from reticulated silver to shibuichi.

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Carved carnelian beads seemed to be the perfect accent for the textured brass with that ‘touch of Colorado‘ in the leaves for the earrings shown above.

If you live in the area, I hope you will stop by and visit. If you are doing some last minute Mother’s Day shopping, maybe you will even find that perfect gift for that special Mom in your life.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

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Serenity ~ Treescapes
All Photos by Daniel Krucoff

I have been fortunate that the start of 2014 has been relatively quiet and allowed me the precious gift of time to prepare for the busy months that are coming.  I am so very grateful that I have had this time to explore new things and improve on existing techniques.

The pendant at the top of this post represents one of the staples of my Treescape series.  A stone variation, yes, with a lovely Chinese Writing Stone.  To me they symbolize simplicity and elegance.  Garnet is my birthstone.  The deep red in this faceted garnet seemed like just the right contrast for the Chinese Writing Stone.  The pendant has a sense of tranquility to it, so that is why I call it Serenity.

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Another of my favorites is Picasso Stones.  I finally understand why I love these stones so much.  It is because they look like tree roots and as most of you know, I LOVE trees.  This one has a touch of gold.  A great friend, Jerry McClure (who creates the most spectacular knives), suggested that I add Keum Boo gold to my Treescapes as leaf accents.  Well, I definitely like this look so you can expect to see more gold in my work.

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I am exploring textures.  I find that just the right amount adds so much interest, especially when patina enhances them.  These earrings are comprised of Mookite and textured sterling silver with a dark patina.  I’m very happy with this look.  Expect to see more of this in my future works.

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Ah, the return of the stone bracelet!  I so enjoy making these.  Now I must admit that wasn’t always the case and I made more than my share of mistakes with my first couple of these.  However, I am persistent and I have learned from my efforts.   Now I’m changing things up a bit with textures, adding some gold accents and trying to find the right color combinations that make these statement pieces for the wearers.  This one has warm rich hues of yellows and rusts.  I’m working on others with a more monochromatic palette along with a couple with smaller stones.  Variety is the spice of life!

Success is when preparation meets opportunity.  I am so fortunate and grateful for the opportunities that have been coming my way.  May will be the start of a very busy 2014 for me.  If you would like to be the first to know of an event and/or exhibit announcements, please sign up for my newsletter.  In the stillness of these past winter months, I have been working very hard and diligently in the studio.  Now the new works are emerging and will be available at trunk shows, exhibits and Art Hops.

Thank you for your interest in my work and my journey in this wonderfully artistic world of metalsmithing.

Until next time, aspire to be more as an artist and a person.

 

Kathleen Krucoff


Artist and Metalsmith

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Kathleen Krucoff

Kathleen Krucoff

Artist, Metalsmith, Writer, Software Developer, Basset Hound Companion

I've never been one to color inside the lines, so why should my work be constrained by any boundaries?

Being creative is a way of life for me. I love working with my hands. Continually learning new things, quenches my thirst for knowledge. Metalworking has opened unlimited creative opportunities for me. I find great satisfaction in creating pieces of personal adornment with my art jewelry.

I am blessed to share my life with my best friend, soul mate and husband, Dan. We share our home with three adorable basset hounds; we find them to be the best companions.

Aspiring to be more as an artist and a person.

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