Saturday, May 25, 2013

Braille inspired copper necklace

It's been years ago when I visited my cousin in MA. His girl friend, MJ, was a teacher for the school of the blind. She talked how different to teach the blinds and she shared braille cards to me. I love touching it as the card is so soft with "dimple" on it.

As I was sitting in my studio, going through my books for some inspiration, I found this card. My heart jumped as I have been thinking about designing a piece from it and now this is my chance.

The necklace is make of 3/8" wide copper sheet. The length varies depending on the characters. Picture shown is "Abigail" and "Gaby". Abigail is about 2 3/8" long. I think I should not go longer than that or otherwise it will poke someone. I can do patina or natural finish.

I have some more ideas for Braille inspired piece...
and of course, braille inspired classes is coming up soon. If you would like me to teach at your school, please contact me conny(at)bigib(dot)com

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Broomfield Library stamped metal bookmark class was a blast!

Stamped metal bookmark at Broomfield Library was a blast! The class was full and there was a waiting list. Children ages 10-18 were in the room, pounding, designing, coloring and having fun.
The goal for this event is to explore something new....! I showed the children a little background on copper, safety rules and the tools. After the demo, they can pick and choose what they want to do for a project

One did a letter stamping, one did engraving, even one stamped a dragon on the piece. Yes, it was a bit noisy but it's fun. I will be teaching more classes in Broomfield, CO area. If you would like me to teach at your school, please contact me.