I’ve been super busy these past 2 weeks working on pattern-writing and design, and working on advertising. I have a collection of 6 hats that I’ve been working on for self-publication (due for release in late October/early November), and I have 2 secret projects that are due in 3 weeks. Furthermore, I’ve been busy planning and working on the Handicraft Café Fall Sale (up to 30% off many goodies!! Check out the sale page here.)
The Chicken Pie Shop is a very old local diner where the employees have worked there for like 20-30 years. Despite its unassuming and lackluster appearances, they have the best chicken noodle soup — it’s so good that my friends and I have dubbed it “Magic Chicken Noodle Soup” (and it’s cheap!). They also have great homemade pies. My favorite is their cherry pie. YUM.
Most of the time, I just go there to pick up some Magic soup to take home, so I don’t get to see much of the inside of the restaurant. Recently, a couple of friends and I met there for lunch and we got some great unexpected clucks and chuckles.
Almost as good as their Magic soup is the kitch-tastic chicken-themed decor. Yes, as you would imagine, there are chicken statues, paintings, tapestry, ceramics, and ironwork every where. However, apparently, the little tchotchkes do not want to stay put, so they’ve all been restrained with tape. Every. Single. One. Has. Been. Taped. Down.
This semester, I’m taking a jewelry metal casting class instead of metalsmithing/fabrication. So far, I think I like fabrication much better. The casting is fun and the application of cast pieces to fabricated pieces would be really cool, but in the beginning, casting is just lots of detail and prep work. It’s not as instantly gratifying as fabrication.
We start by making plaster molds of objects. Then the idea is that you cast wax into the mold, shape, cut and combine the different wax pieces from your mold to create something new. It’s basically mini sculpturing of wax. After the wax pieces are done, they are cast into something called an investment and fired in a kiln with metal bits. In the end, the wax dissolves and evaporates and the metal replaces the wax.
Above: I’m making molds of a seed pod, part of a necklace, and the flower part of an earring. Then the wax castings of those pieces will be used to make a decorative skeleton key. I don’t have pictures of the key yet.