Carolyn Stephenson uses techniques such as repousse , chasing and anticlastic raising to create her silver and copper ware pieces.
I especially like her raised silver tumblers as I really like the contrast between the silver and 18ct gold gilt. I also really like how smooth the surfaces of these tumblers are which i think has been produced by planishing the surface of the metal. I think that these tumblers work really well because instead of adding texture and colour to them she has just added the one.
Through a series of short projects I will produce a variety of experiments each focusing on a different copper forming technique. Some of the techniques which I hope to use are raising, fly pressing, repousse and acid etching. The end results will be a combination of some of the forming and texturing techniques which I have learnt.
Whilst gathering my initial research I was struck by the visual contrast between polished metals such as copper and brass and the matt surface of concrete. I want to incorporate this aesthetic into my piece in a delicate way which emphasises the symmetry of the piece of Jewellery.
To make these test pieces I mixed up a small amount of the Jesmonite liquid and powder in a cup. To make the lighter shade I added a tiny amount of the black pigment and poured into a mould. To make the slightly darker shade I added a little more of the pigment to the Jesmonite and poured into another mould. I carried on with this process until I reached the darker shade.
I was surprised at how much pigment needed to be added to create a black piece as the other pigments in the workshop only need a tiny amount to colour the Jesmonite.