Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Art Clay Scotland Jewellery Studio

I am very happy and honored to be one of the artists invited to exhibit my work at the beautiful Art Clay Scotland Jewellery Studio.
Emma Baird, who is an incredible artist, invited me to be part of her gallery.
The opening night will be on February 25 from 6 to 8 pm at Art Clay Scotland Jewellery Studio.

These are some of my pieces you can see there.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Remembrance Necklace

This necklace is very close to my heart. My family had a very difficult year on 2011, we lost three important members of our family in less than 3 months during the summer. Losing them was very painful and I lost the interest in making new pieces or designs. My heart was sad but little by little I have regained my passion for making and drawing my jewelry designs.

I made this necklace as a remembrance of my Soul-Brother Alberto, my Grandmother Felicitas and my dear Mother-in-law Ana Maria. To represent them in my necklace I decided to make three butterflies, each butterfly represents the soul of my dear family members who are now in a better place. In Mexico the butterfly symbolizes the soul of our family member who passed away.

The tree of life who is the center of my piece symbolizes the family and even though the pain is very hard we have to continue with our life and always have them in our hearts. On the back side of the piece I added the heart symbolizing our passion, love, gratitude and respect for them and for continuing with our life and their love they left behind.

©2012 Lorena Angulo
Bronze, coral and chrysocolla
(close up)
©2012 Lorena Angulo
Bronze, coral and chrysocolla
(back view)
©2012 Lorena Angulo
Bronze, coral and chrysocolla
©2012 Lorena Angulo
Bronze, coral and chrysocolla

Monday, February 13, 2012

Playing with the SpeedFire ElectricMini Kiln

I got the SpeedFire ElectricMini Kiln a while ago and I wanted to play with it and see how this mini kiln works.

As the name says, it is very small, I was surprised to see how light and small the kiln is. The firing chamber is 3 1/2" high, 4 5/8" wide and 4 5/8" deep.

I was very eager to try Sterling PMC and FastFire Bronzclay. My first pieces were sterling pmc.
©2012 Lorena Angulo
Sterling PMC

©2012 Lorena Angulo
Sterling PMC
©2012 Lorena Angulo
Sterling PMC
©2012 Lorena Angulo
Sterling PMC

I was more than happy to see this mini kiln is able to fire FastFire Bronzclay !
Here is what I have fired in the SpeedFire ElectricMini Kiln:

©2012 Lorena Angulo
FastFire Bronzclay
©2011 Lorena Angulo
FastFire Bronzclay
Can you see how I bend one of the pieces?
It did not broke !

I am happy with how this kiln works, if you are on a budget or have limited space on your studio; this can be the perfect match for you.
You are limited with the space in how many pieces you will be able to fire but if you do not produce lots of pieces at once, this is a great kiln to have.
You can find all the instructions for this kiln in this link:

Keep playing, keep creating !!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Powder Coating class with Michael Dale Bernard

I just had the most amazing and fun class this weekend. Michael Dale Bernard came to Southwest School of Art to teach Powder Coating.

I was very excited to learn this great technique because I love to add color to my work without using beads or stones.

Powder coating is a thermo set, polymer paint process. The coated is applied electro-statically and is then cured under heat to allow it to flow out into a smooth, durable surface.

Here is a great video Michael has about this topic:

The class was intensive but we all had such a great time. Michael is an incredible artists and a very good teacher, he was always willing to answer all the questions the students had.

©2010  Michael Dale Bernard  
Wood be Diamonds, brooch series
Steel, copper, wood, silver, powder coat, enamel paint

The first day of the class Michael let us used some of his found metal objects to start playing with powder coating. We were all eager to start adding some colors. Here you can see some examples that I made with the metal objects he let us used.

These two pieces are still in progress. I will make some
bronze metal clay pieces that will be riveted in the
center to attach all the pieces together.

For the second day I wanted to make something with my own creative style. Of course I had to create a heart and also I decided to powder coat some pieces I had for a necklace I am making.

©2012 Lorena Angulo
Copper, Bronze, powder coat
I am still working in this piece. I am making a necklace using a beautiful
button that was embroidered by Ellen Louwes.
(Copper, Embroidered button , powder coat.)

I am very excited to keep on playing with powder coating, the equipment is not very expensive and I can see myself doing much more of this in the future.

Michael photographed this picture of
my piece.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Love my new hand made silk scarfs by Yuni Kristina from Java.

I was very happy to go back to a wonderful site that I used to order some beautiful hand made craft for my retail store. Sadly for me I had to close the retail store and I missed seeing all the fantastic work made my incredible artisans from around the world.
The name of this site is NOVICA. Novica, in association with national Geographic, works in direct contact with lots of master artisans in Latin America, Africa and Asia. They help these artisans bring their wonderful creations and their life stories to collectors everywhere.

This time I decided to buy something for me, something I can use and at the same time help the artisan who it. I look at all the great options they have in the site and I decided to buy two gorgeous silk scarfs made by Yuni Kristina from Java.

Yuni Kristina

Yuni learned the art of batik when she was very young, her mother is also a batik artist. She has been making batik at her home for 23 years, batik is part of her life.
Yuni started experimenting with techniques when she was 13 years old.

Her mother is her big inspiration and they both work together.

The silk scarfs are mailed from Bali and the shipping service is very good. It may take a few days for the items to get to the USA but I think it is worth the waiting.

When I received the package I was very excited to see the scarfs and I remember again how beautifully pack everything I have got from NOVICA is.

Each silk scarf was inside these beautiful hand made pouches with a
great tag and a small post card.

Look at those gorgeous colors and designs !!
I got the "Awakening" and "Brave Java" scarfs and I LOVE them !!

Each of the scarfs had a small tag attached to the pouch with a description of what the inspiration was for each of the designs.

Personally I believe in what NOVICA is doing to help other artisans around the world and since I can not buy a lot of the pieces for store any more I was happy to go back and get these gorgeous scarfs made by Yuni, I will love to wear them and I am sure this will not be the last time I buy something from them.

Come and take a look at these wonderful items:

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