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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Metal Clay on Sheet Metal and My Walks Through Penryn

Completed another successful "firing schedule" test... this time for Friendly Bronze.

Here is one of the things I put in the kiln the other day (the day I had to replace my kiln relay).
The cuff is bronze clay over a piece of copper sheet.  What's holding the bronze to the copper is that I made three small (1/4 inch) holes in the sheet and connected the dry bronze clay via more clay through the hole to small bronze clay "rivets" on the inside of the bangle.  

And to completely change the subject, I want to share with you some of the amazing scenery on my morning walks.

I grew up here and can't tell you how happy I am to be back after 30 years in Oakland... which has it's great stuff, but Penryn is more in tune with my wants/needs.

When I go on walks, it's easy to flashback to good times listening to Led Zeppelin and reading books like The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn.

In the late 1800's, a Welsh immigrant established a granite quarry here and named it after that of Penrhyn Slate Quarry in Wales.  The "h" was dropped to avoid confusion about the spelling and Penryn was born.

I love the granite rocks that pop up in various places.  When I get around to photographing my favorite two rock formations, I'll share the pictures with you.

Leaves are falling all around, it's time I was on my way
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged
For such a pleasant stay, but now it's time for me to go
The autumn moon lights my way
For now I smell the rain
And with it pain, and it's headed my way
(from Ramble On by Led Zeppelin... thanks for the reminder, Deborah!)


  1. Thanks for checking out my blog, Kim! And I totally agree... it IS a beautiful place. I'm so lucky!

  2. To me the bracelet turned out perfect, yes? Love the mixed metal look. And, it appears you have a great rural space for walking - peaceful and picturesque. Ahhh, and no excuses like cold and snow to stay at home! Good plan:)

  3. Wow Laura you lucky lady you..how beautiful is that. I love the prose as well.

  4. Thanks for the kind words on the bracelet, Barbara! I'm still testing out the strength before I go public with this technique. But yes, I too LOVE the look of mixed metals!

    And trust me... if there was cold and snow here, I'd totally be using it as an excuse not to exercise. :-)

  5. I *am* totally lucky, Deborah. And thanks for mentioning the prose... I'll go add a credit to it in my blog post. Silly me forgets things once in a while. It's from Led Zeppelin's Ramble On.