Saturday, April 25, 2009

Etching Magic........

Okay so I played around with the little etching machine By Sherri Haab and I just love it!
This is what I did.........I designed a piece out of the copper clay and fired it. Straight from the kiln I wrote on the piece Zoa Art. If your working with sheet copper,bronze or silver or even a piece that has already been tumbled then you would have to scuff it up with a light sanding before you etch. But straight from the kiln before tumbling is a perfect texture for the etching.
After the etching prosses was done I tumbled, dipped in liver of sulfer and then put a rusting paint on it and some green patina.You all know how I love old rusted things.

So this is it........

What I love about this is that I can draw on the piece and it will be raised.See how the letters are raised? I love that!

This was just my first piece to play around with and I have so many ideas for future pieces. I'll keep you posted and I think the next one I do I'll take step by step pictures of the prosses.

If you are going to be in my class next weekend in Charelston,SC at the Beaded Venus then you'll get to see this little etching guy in action.

And on another note.............Watching daddy work.

The cement floor in the studio is so cool on my tummy..........

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Just look at this face! This is Zen our new family addition.

For the last several weeks Tony and I have been talking about getting a playmate for Lucy.We would watch her at the dog park and noticed she always gravitated toward dogs a little biger,male and she really liked Boxers.

So we started our search knowing it would have to be a rescue/shelter dog.

Tony and I have been taking Lucy to the dog park in Greenville,SC on the weekends and last weekend we meet MaryLynne and her sweet girl (dog ) Sloan.Mary Lynne, not knowing that we had been looking for a Boxer starts telling us that her friend has a male Boxer that she was looking to place in a forever home.

Margarets husband had passed away suddenly and unexpected. They have a dog that at this time of loss is just to much for her to handel.So as she's telling us the story Tony and I are looking at each other with hope in our eyes.So we give our number to Mary Lynne and let her know we are very intrested in giving this boy a home.

So we waited through the weekend and understandably Margaret was haveing second thoughts.I cant even imagin what she was going through emotionaly.

On Monday she called me and said that Mary Lynne had told her we would be a great match for her boy and he would be in a loving home.So we made plans to meet that evening.

It was an emotional parting.Margaret had said she cryed the whole way there but she felt it was the right choice to make.

We fell inlove as soon as we layed our eyes on him.........He's so beautiful.

Our boy had another name but we wanted to give him a fresh start at a new life with his new family so on the car ride home we decided that Zen would be perfect.

Lucy just loves him and he loves her!We couldnt be happier!

I let Margaret know that anytime she could call to check in on her boy to see how he's doing and to check in here on the blog for updates and photos.At this moment she is a hero to me and so very brave.Thank You Margaret for enriching our lives with this special gift.

All tucker out...............

We just love our babies.............

Sunday, April 19, 2009

New Toy!

I just got a new toy.........Sherri Haab and her husband Dan have come up with this great little Etching machine and its green as in going green.
Heres a picture of the machine and a few examples of Sherri's work that she etched.

You can etch on the Bronze or the Copper clay.They are also working on a formula for etching on silver clay.How exciting is that!You all really need to check this product out. I cant wait to try it.I'll be working on some projects this week and post them as soon as I get them done.
Sooooo excited!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


I need to blog but I'm doing my taxes and its not fun........
I'll be back soon.Sooner than later I hope.