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AIR - Arts Incubator of Richardson

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My adult daughter, Shelley, influenced me to join her in a "popup" arts exhibit and 7th annual Crawfish Boil in Richardson Texas. Location is the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Rd, in Richardson, Texas. http://www.artsincubatorrichardson.org/

Shelley produces colored "art glass" through a process of torch firing and colors of glass rods. Most items are beautifully colored glass beads. She influenced me to join with her at the art show and show some of my silver work with her craft.

The crawfish above are 3D printed in my studio and will accompany my display as part of the crawfish boil theme. The smudged background seemed appropriate for the mudbugs...

We were both asked to supply three photos of our work. So I present them here for your enjoyment.

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We make a good team. This should be a good experience.

 

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New packaging has been added for my silver jewelry. It is a small plastic bag that is produced with an anti-tarnish ingredient built in. The bags are copper color but still translucent so the item can still be viewed through the bag. The maker claims the bags are effective for at lest a year. User reports say they last much longer than that.

The bags are supposed to darken as they absorb the sulfur gas, a sign they are becoming less effective. I would assume in typical home use where jewelry is kept in a box or drawer, this treatment will last a considerable time. I was born and raised in a steel and coke making town. We thought sulfur filled air and black silver were normal...

I also have some anti-tarnish tabs, about an inch square (bottom of picture) that do the same job when included inside a non-treated bag.

My plan is this will save some polishing of my inventory and provide my customers with a good way to store their occasional use silver.

Fleur-de-Cross

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These items were cast and finished two days before Christmas, 2016. The heart with treble cleft was hand carved from an example in a picture I saw, that someone published. Since my wife is a piano teacher, it seemed necessary to make one of my own for her. Hand carved, it’s slightly different than the original.

The “Fleur-de-Cross” as I call them are my own original design. I can’t say no one else has made these, but these are not copied. I was asked if I could design a cross on a Fleur-de-lis and this is what I produced.

The pendants were designed using Vectric Aspire 8.5, a CNC CAD program. I recently acquired several 3D printers. They are low end plastic filament type so can’t be used to produce wax masters. I decided to make (print) proof-of-concept models with one of the 3D printers. The proofs turned out nice and could be used to show a client a life size example of a new design before committing to the long process of real production.

It is a bit hard to see, the background of the cross pendants is blackened and the high points buffed up to shiny silver. They are very sharp looking and I think they will be popular addition to my collection.

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3d Printed in ABS plastic. For some reason they remind me of the BSA I'll be making more of these, I think
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Dè Pendants

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DSC07255These were made by request. There were some examples in the case my wife carries to show and sell some of my jewelry. Not too practical to build the entire alphabet just on spec. Ha! It's nice to do custom work but it does mean it has to be finished in a reasonable time. Custom work goes to the head of the line. The "open" J's required some scale model testing to be certain just where the loop should go. I got it correct.

Custom Rings

DSC07193These rings are hand made custom desisgns. They are both lost wax casting first carved in wax. Slight irregularites are an identifying feature of truely hand made jewelry. However they seldome dominate the design.

The ring design on the left has been made several times. I wear one myself, but this one is new. Same size as the one on the right.

The ring on the right is a custom one off design (so far) made for a person who has a passion for brewing craft beer. He especially loves wheat beer and those are ears of wheat encircling the band. It's a design he specifically requested.

KautzCraft Studio specializes in custom carved lost wax designed rings. Look through the gallery photos and see as few examples of past designs.

 

Yellow Rose of Texas

DSC06568Here is a new version of the first picture (now the last, at the bottom of this column) posted here. It was this rose heart but with no color.

This is a follow up project from a first attempt with glass enameling on sterling silver. (Pegasus) This is one of three rose hearts just made. All of them truned out just fine. Very slight differences between them as they are each made by hand.

I am really loving and rocking this glass enamel work. There will be a lot more of this done by KautzCraft Studio in the future. I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

Pegasus Skater

DSC06570This is a first example with Glass Enameling on silver. The process is called Champlevé and is very similar to perhaps the more familiar process calle Cloisonné. It is colored glass fused to metal. I don't have any problem after studying the procedure and procuring the proper materials and tools. KautzCraft Studio has since made a dozen more of this design.

This is the Mobil Gas Pegasus which as a display sign has been a feature of downtown Dallas, Texas for many years. It has recently been renovated. My (adult) daughter is a member of a Dallas in-line skating club and this is their mascot and club name. Look closely, this is why this Pegasus is wearing in-line skates.

This pendant is almost 1.5 inches wide. Glass enameling usually has to be done on fine silver as the copper in sterling causes oxides in the high temp glass fusing process. However, there is a way to prep sterling sliver that creates a thin barier of pure silver and lets me work with the more durable sterling aloy of silver.

 

Tiny Paws

DSC06554This design with very tiny paw print charms was done at the request of my daughter. She and her husband share their home with two min-pin dogs and two cats. She told me something like a paw print  would be a desireable pendant for like minded pet owners. I was also told she preferred something rather small.

That tempted the creation of these very tiny charms as a chalange on how small I could cast silver. They turned out quite nice to my eye.

Here we have two dog and two cats paws representing her pets. Left to right they are dog, cat, dog, cat. After doing the research, these prints are correct for each species, but not specific to any certain breed. A fun project and 12 copies of each print were made.

 

Casting Metals

A list of the metals that can be cast at KautzCraft.

  • Gold 10k -24k
  • White Gold 14k
  • Fine Silver
  • Sterling Silver
  • Argentium Silver
  • Bronze
  • White Bronze
  • Yellow Brass
  • Lead Free Pewter
  • Tin Alloy
  • Other

Feel the Love

  KautzCraft Studio is an artistic endeavor. I love making things you like. I sell my work so I can make more. It’s a partnership with my customers.

  My moto: Do what you love for those who love what you do.”

  Knowing the craftsperson adds a special quality. My time, effort and care are a part of every item. No factory production. I love my work. I like what I make, but I sell what I love… how it’s made.

  I put that love in every item. A quality you feel, from knowing who made it.

  I love the special things made by friends and family. You are also my friend and like family.

  Follow the Companion Links in the left column to learn more about me.

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