That was the last show for the season so I have been at work on some pieces that I have been experimenting on.
I love colours and texture so I really enjoy using patinas on my silver. I don't have much luck with copper (I seem to always just make it go black) but I do seem do all right with silver. Having said that, the patina I use on silver is one persnickety creature!
Some days, I achieve stunning and intense colours (see above). Blues, purples, dark pinks and the occasional greenish hue. It is really cool when that happens. Other times, even when I do two pieces together, in the same solution, for the same length of time, they turn out completely different...one will have vivid colours and the other will just turn brown or grey and look less vibrant (see below). I have no idea why this happens. I am grateful when, if it's earrings, they turn out the same. The patina is easy to remove so at least I can try again if I don't get the desired result!
The Christmas season is here and I am going to have some fun decorating and playing with my family! I love the Christmas season....we've got a few things that we do together every year, and this year is no exception. We went to the Holiday Open House at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. My mom used to take us when we were kids and they still do it. My kids had a great time making cards, and petting real reindeer!! They wrote a letter to Santa and were very excited that he wrote back. We decorated the tree and we play a game that involves hiding a little elf doll (we started doing this before the Elf On The Shelf became so popular!) in the tree. Then, they look for him and the one that finds it first gets to open the first Christmas Cracker of the year! My son found it this year and they all had fun. We have spent a little more time cuddiling under our blankets watching Christmas specials on tv too...it's a cold one this year!
That's it for now. Until next time, stay warm!