Monday, December 22, 2008

Welcome to my new blog Visual Anthologies™

It is here that I will posting information about my Visual Anthologies™ or techniques related to my art. I hope you enjoy the journey together with me.

I thought it would be interesting for you to see this...

So it looks rather interesting doesn’t it

No its not the sun

I shall expand the view some-what

Still not quite sure what this is

Many have enquired about the casting of the female body form and the rusty lady that I used in my Visual Anthologies™ in Susan Tuttle’s new book Exhibition 36

So I thought I would show you my latest little production

So many processes go into this process – I always find it fascinating and hope you do too

Sooooo cute, huh

Ok I will get her to turn around for you. Looks rather painful doesn’t it.

Here she is having just come out of the mold

Time for a scrub and a wash – that's filthy soapy water in there

The white pellets are ceramic – tumbles along with the casting to clean them up

I made sure she was washed well behind the ears

That cleaning process is supposed to go on for about 6 hours but as it is just before the big break I had to grab a few of my castings and work out what adjustments need to be made

Then its a good shake down

It's a bit like gold mining

Then its another shake down and rinsing with water

Here they are still covered in soap

Oops she fell over

Lots of work still to do on them though

Note the whole process is done by hand- not machine, very labor intensive, so when you see my pieces here or for sale in my ETSY store you can see just what goes into making a casting

I have to decide whether to have holes pre-drilled in her or not
If so where?
Do I have a ring soldered onto her so she can be easily used for a pendant?
Hmmm, question questions
Whats your opinion, I would love to hear it.
I wanted to wish you all a Happy Chanukah or Merry Christmas or happy Kwanza and to all of you a very happy, healthy, productive and creative 2009.


Teresa said...

Am I the first? As if I needed more proof that I spend too much time on the net.
Thanks for showing us the process. I think holes on either side of her neck would be great - they could be easily covered if you didn't need them. Sounds a little Frankenstein!

MB Shaw said...

Wowza, very interesting. I love seeing all these parts of your process. And you have the waaaaayyyyy coolest stuff!

Sharon said...

Yes amazing to see and amazing that you have shared. I just love sharing. She is beautiful. Thank you.

Shelly said...

I had no idea you cast your own pieces !! (If it is mentioned in Exhibition 36, haven't read through everything yet . . . still mesmerized by all the pictures.)

Maybe drill holes through the shoulders. Soldering a few with a ring atop the head would be great, too. Do both.

So glad you have started a techniques themed blog. Look forward to all you have to share.

Happy holidays.

fromthepines said...

These are so cool! I think a jump ring on the head would be good but leave some as is too....


Lynn said...

First of all it's a beautiful piece as is...
And the process is interesting to be sure...
A long journey from start to completion.
Happy Chanukah Judy...and are you skipping 2009 or are we not expected to complete any great art until 2010? Just wondering.
Hugs, Lynn LOL

Ro Bruhn said...

Hi Judy, how on earth are you going to run two blogs. I love the idea behind this one though. What a fascinating process, even I didn't realize the work involved.
Happy Chanukah and I hope 2009 is also a good arty year.

Jen Crossley said...

Wow this is amazing all the work that goes into these.
Great new blog .Happy Chanukah to you

Jen Crossley said...

Judy you could solder a ring on her back

Julie H said...

She is beautiful! I am so happy with the littlehands I bought from you and it is nice to see the process you go through to get to that point.

Enjoy the holiday season.

Jo Wholohan said...

congrats on the new blog judy, love the dolls xx

Carmi said...

I love the casting!
I can't decide on a hole though....I think I would wire wrap it if I wanted to wear it...

Anonymous said...

Judy, that is so very cool! Thanks for sharing.

Happiest of Holidays to you!


michelle ward said...

I feel like I need to wash my hands now, as though I was right there with you through the whole process. Terrific field trip, thanks. How clever to make a metal cast of the dolly. Leave it to you :)

xo, Happy 3rd Night of Light. (Or is it 4th for you now?)

Steph said...

Wowww! Casting is fun, isn't it ? Thanks for sharing! And happy holidays to you!

rivergardenstudio said...

Wow! What an incredible process on this incredible post... and totally awesome. I love the crown/necklace piece. Thank you for sharing this process and have a beautiful winter celebration! Roxanne

Kim said...

Judy , Judy , Judy. I had no idea you had such incredibly hairy arms , poor thing. I thought it was warm in Oz , whazzup wiz de winter coat , lol(z)?
Anyway - I think the silver castings are an awesome idea and I'm already wondering if you can solder them (?), but I Really stopped by to say Happy Holidays to you - mostly because I'm none too sure whether it's still Chanukkah or not. And thanks for swinging by too , even when I'm too lame to write back and say so when I should!
take care , and I'm so glad you've had such a successful year. Hope the next brings even more to you :).

MizCarla said...

Dang those are cool!! If I were you I wouldn't worry about a bail, jumpring or hole--just sell 'em as they are :D

Hope your holidays were awesome!

Sarah said...

Wow Judy your one mad woman. Absoultey amazing how you come up with your creativity, and now casting. Mad mad mad, they look awesome, I cant wait to see what they appear in. Congrats on your 2nd blog. I cant wait to see more.

seth said...

What an interesting and time consuming process this is. Fascinating! And congrats on the new blog. Liking it so far!

dogfaeriex5 said...

now that was totally cool, i would love these girls as pendants!

kecia said...

really cool - i loved watching the steps to create them! of course, now i want to have one and turn into some cool jewerly thingy!

Karen Cole said...

Congrats on the new blog!!!!

Happy challah days to you , my friend. I'm sure the new year will bring even more great things your way.


Leslie said...

Oh boy. Now I have TWO places to visit you!

Thanks for sharing this process. Very cool!

Happy Chanukah to you my friend, and as Karen said, I'm sure the New Year will bring many wonderful things your way!


A bird in the hand said...

This is going to be a fave blog! I love these dollies. A little jump ring soldered on top of her head? (nos I'll be haunting your etsy shop...)

TattingChic said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing the casting process with all of us! You're little "gal" is very sweet, indeed!

The Gypsies said...

I found your site this morning as I was wandering around the web...very cool stuff. But my comment is on your 'baby dolls'. They remind me so much of some earrings I had years ago. The baby was cut in half and the front of the baby was on one earring and the the rear of the baby was on the other. They were very fun! I was in a Mardi Gras Krewe at the time and they became my unofficial Mardi Gras earrings.

Thanks for bringing back a good memory! said...

Judy, thank for stopping by my blog and for you comment, I just visit you blogs and saw a very interesting expressions.
wish to you a great year 2009.

Robyn said...

I love your new blog, Judy. You do the most amazing work. My elderly godmother gave me a tiny silver doll charm she had been given as a child. A pin goes through the top of the head (like going through a bead)with a loop for the ring. The arms move too. I will be using it in one of my niche totems.

pamelahuntington said...

These are so cute, I actually used
to cast pewter soldier for
my son when he was is
quite a process. These dollies are
way cuter than the soldiers!

susanna said...

You are a finder of fascinating things. And it's an extra treat to see what you do with these fascinating things. Now I'm off to check out your etsy shop. I did not know that you had such a shop. Must go now. I'll be back.

lindaharre said...

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for showing the process:) You go to so much trouble for your still amazes me :) What a special artist you are!!! hugs, L.

Fiona Whitehead said...

She's lovely - and a great way to see all the process - I have something similar to this and she is just used to go in your pocket and be touched. Then you don't need any holes.

Dave King said...

Scintillating, I fear I shall be spending much time on your blog from now on.