Tuesday, November 18, 2008

too much, just too much.

so i decided to just go with the organic mussed up lines and squiggles i was ranting about in my previous post, and i thought i'd just patina a them a little brown and then tumble and burnish the highlights in. well, first time with the midas black/brown patina at 5% dilution...5 seconds in turned the pieces BLACK! it was about this time that i wanted to throw them across my garage, but sat a minute on the cold concrete and collected myself. now i am on to the tumbler to determine if i'll be able to salvage these! i'm too embarrassed of the photos i took of these in their current state...so i'll repost with some pics probably tomorrow, to let you know the outcome!

hope everyone is having a more successful tuesday than i ;o>

Monday, November 17, 2008

free to decide...

so i've been struggling lately with my newfound etching obsession. neat and clean vs. organic and erratic; between these two ideals, therein lies my confusion. i strive for perfection in many things, but perfection is different in the eye of each new beholder. my recent undertaking and love of working with metal and creating jewelry has me hanging between how i think others view my work, and how i view it in my own eyes.

i'll leave it up to you in this case. should i either work towards figuring out a method of etching without the end result of the messy organic lines, or learn to love the imperfection?

at least the freedom is mine ;o)