Archive for December, 2008

This is a project I made on September 27th, 2008, during the Journées de la Culture (Culture Days). The Journées de la Culture is a 3-day weekend around the end of September when cultural institutions open their doors to the public. There often are free shows, open houses and even workshops.

I always think I’m going to do so much during that week-end, but I’m so lazy, I usually end up doing one or two things.  This was one of the two I did this year.

Bronze leaf

Bronze leaf

It was a primitive casting workshop at the jewelry school of Montreal. Basically, what we had to do was to hollow a piece of plaster of Paris in a shape we wanted. We had to do a “negative” of what we wanted the piece to look like at the end. This was by far the longest part of the process. That, and choosing what deisgn or object to do! Then, we had to dig a hole for the top of the plaster piece in which we would pour the liquid bronze. Afterwards, the teachers helped us liquify the bronze pellets with a torch and pour it in the cast.

I had to cast my piece twice. The first time, the bronze cooled to fast and got caught in the pouring hole, not going all the way in the cast. After the second time, my cast broke…

A teacher then helped my polish my piece. It’s not quite done yet. She gave a bit of polishing paste to finish it at home, but then school got the best of me, and I haven’t had the time yet.

I asked to keep the “knob” (I’m not sure of the translation, they called it the bouton, which can literaly mean a lot of things like a button, a spot, a knob or a bud), which is the pouring hole filled up with bronze,  so I could wrap it in jewelry wire to make a pendant. Of course, the wrapping isn’t done either!

If you are insterested in learning how to do a primitive cast, check out your local jewelry school. If you are in Montreal, the jewelry school of Montreal offers professional classes (to become a professional jeweler) and introduction classes, open to everybody. Visit their website at http://www.ecoledejoaillerie.com/.


If you live in the province of Québec or visit us during the month of September, visit our cultural institutions during the Journées de la Culture.


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I have found the best use for a term paper draft (also a great way to procrastinate during the end-of-term rush!) : Lucky Stars!

They are little 3D stars made from strips of paper. Some craft stores sell pre-made strips but any paper will do: junk mail, magazines, even printer paper! 😉

Lucky Stars from term paper draft

Lucky stars from term paper draft

I think they look really nice and what’s really fun is that you can actually read little exerpts of my work on the stars!

Here is a lucky stars tutorial: zakka life: Rethinking Paper Lucky Stars

From what I could read, Lucky Star making seems to have originated from China. People make a whole bunch of them to give to friends and lovers. They looks really nice in a glass jar or a bowl, especially if they are colourful. They’re really fun and easy to make, but beware! Making Lucky Stars is very addictive!!

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