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October 3rd, 2009


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10:33 pm
Pretty productive day again today. OK, I ran into yet another problem with that commission scent locket- but I fixed it, and now it and its siblings have been pre-polished; I hope to finish the polishing and/or harden them all tomorrow, and then they will be DONE, or very close to.

Also worked on various rings, all commission, and put together a couple of pairs of Celtic earrings made from previously-done castings, one of which I have sold.

I did have some time to work on some of my own stuff: a gift pendant for a friend (since the stone is translucent, I decided to scrap the sterling backing I'd cut and go with Argentium instead; I will bring up the germanium oxide on it before setting the stone, so it won't tarnish); and a couple of pendants I've been prepping for resin inlay. My Sat. student is intrigued by inlay, so I've promised to save the actual inlaying part for next Sat. when she's here.

The pendants are 2 square-ish Dublin rose designs, one in bronze and one in silver. I know I'll use reds (bright and dark) for the silver one, but am undecided about the bronze; anyone have any color ideas that are better than that one to go with a golden-brown metal?

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From:hobbitblue
Date:October 4th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
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Green and blue always go beautifully with bronze, I always think.
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:October 4th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
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I do love those colors with bronze... but am not sure how well they'd work for a rose design! so I'm still mulling it over.
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From:hobbitblue
Date:October 4th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
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Unusual but very effective, I reckon... I know roses don't come in green (though I think they do blue ones these days?) but a bit of artistic licence is good.. :)
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:October 4th, 2009 08:59 pm (UTC)
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Right now I am contemplating teal for the bronze one... Thanks for your suggestions!
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From:malinaldarose
Date:October 4th, 2009 12:17 pm (UTC)
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Two things:

1) I wasn't sure what a Dublin rose looked like, so I Googled. The first one that wasn't actually a rose were your earrings on Etsy. =)

2) These roses are blue (with silver, but still blue).

I would think with bronze, you'd want warmer colors, but that's just me. (I guess that's three things.)
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:October 4th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Sorry I wasn't clearer about the Dublin rose! It's one of my favorite designs, partly because I love its abstraction, and partly because it's an easy one to sketch out when I'm in a class or something and have an emergency need for a design. (Generally, I am firmly of the overthinking school of design, so needing one off the top of my head can be a trial!)

I'm really intrigued by using blue, or maybe a nice teal. However, since Im making these on spec to sell, I will probably go with reds for them both. I wonder if I have another unfinished bronze (or silver?) one someplace, though, that I could use teal with..?

I really love the look of the reds with the silver; I've done that colorway before, though not in this precise version of the design. I'm concerned that the reds will end up a bit monochromatic with the bronze, especially after it patinates a bit. Maybe I will go with the teal there, after all...

I have till next Sat. to decide, at least if I plan to do the inlay in them both then.
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From:malinaldarose
Date:October 6th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
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I like red with silver if it's a deep red like a good garnet. Ruby with silver? Nope. I guess I'm not quite sure what bronze really looks like.
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From:afmetalsmith
Date:October 6th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Bronze starts out a nice golden color, and ends up more in the brown family when it's allowed to patinate. It's pretty both ways- one of the reasons I like it.

The reds I've used with the silver have been garnet-y.
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From:malinaldarose
Date:October 6th, 2009 10:11 pm (UTC)
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Well...brownish would look good with a turquoisey teal.

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