April 02, 2020
Recently I received an unexpected email from California, a request for two custom necklaces. Through a google search they had come across my sharks tooth necklaces that I had made for a previous customer. My clients stories of travel, the sharks dive, tradition, and family was so beautiful, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to put all those ideas of love into one place. Not only did they want a charm for the teeth but they requested several other love trinkets to appear with it, the coordinates where the sharks teeth where found and a compass rose. The compass rose was their family tradition of always finding there way home.I decided to create my compass rose charm out of fine silver metal clay. I love this product, its a finely ground powder of fine silver mixed with a binder. The end product is a material like clay or "play-doh", which is easily manipulated to create many shapes that can be built and layered. After all my shapes where created, I then combined the triangles and circles to create the compass rose. The challenge was to create two charms that where the similar. After the shapes are "bone" dry, they are put into a high temperature kiln, burning off the binder and leaving solid fine silver behind.To make the coordinate charms I used stainless steel letters designed for jewelry making. Each letter is hand stamped with a brass mallet onto sterling silver creating the mark. I made vertical charms for the longitude coordinates and horizontal charms for the latitude coordinates. Your always going to have a few mess ups with this step, so its good to practice several times beforehand.The coordinates are trimmed, sanded then polished to create the charm.To attach the bail onto the sharks tooth, I must create a hole. I pull out my secret weapon, my husband. He is a dentist so I leave this step up to him, he never fails and is always precise.For the final pieces I used liver of sulfur to blacken the charms, bringing out the letters and textures. A beautiful end result for a beautiful story.
July 25, 2019
One of my favorite things is working and creating in my studio, but its a very rare summertime activity for me. I am usually enjoying time with may family because soon enough, everyone will be back in school. I have been working on a new jewelry collection, combining many mediums like leather, copper, gemstones, pearls and sterling silver. I just love all the textures, colors and different levels of shine.
I have recently started taking notes on the process writing down directions, sizes of components and even the paint colors I use on my leather.
The iridescent green fresh water pearls are just gorgeous and will compliment my copper and hand painted leather pieces.
The finished product is our Leather and Copper Trumpet Vine Motif Earrings with Iridescent Green Freshwater Pearl and Sterling Silver Beads.
Explore the LPDstudios Leather and Metal Jewelry Collection.
August 02, 2018
I had such a blast in Maine teaching my craft. So many thanks to Lynette and her family for hosting the event. I meet so many amazing people. My students always surprise me and create such beautiful pieces, take a look.
Leather Clutch Workshop
More Fabulous Student Work
Bracelets and Bangles
Gold Bronze Jewelry
Leather Wrap Bracelet Workshop
So many fun memories of my time in Maine with my students. In the meantime, I will be planning some new workshops for next summer.
-See you Soon -Lisa
April 15, 2018
I can't wait for my next Craft on Tap class which is being held on April 19, 2018 at the Lancaster Guild of Craftsmen. I just love teaching at this facility because I am surrounded by amazing artwork, jewelry and pottery by incredible artist that are living and working in Pennsylvania.The latest workshop is perfect for Springtime, who doesn't love a new piece of jewelry to kick off a season. We are going to be creating a pair of Pearl and Leather Earrings and Bracelet. This project is super easy and no skill level is required. One of the first tasks I had to do is prepare the pearls. I needed to widen the drill holes to accept the leather cord.Here I am drilling the pearls, I never thought pearls could be so dirty.A pile of finished pearls, I just love holding them in my hand.Sometimes your intended design doesn't turn as planned, back to the drawing board with the earrings.The new earring design, much cleaner and simpler..The finished braceletThe final design for the Pearl and Leather Earrings and Bracelet.Just Beautiful!!
Click here to register for the class! It's held at the PA Guild of Craftsmen in Lancaster, PA on April 19, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.. The $35 class cost includes all materials, as well as a complimentary craft beer from Wacker Brewing Company!
Thank you for stopping by LPDstudios and I can't wait to see you in class!
February 22, 2018
I'm busy in the studio, trying new things and venturing out of my norm. For my newest project, I decided to try a new form of metal clay called Art Clay. Art clay is very similar to the other metal clays I use, but only takes 30 minutes to fire versus the typical several hour time frame. Art clay is going to be a great material to use in future Craft on Tap classes, because of the quick fire time.
I recommend reading my previous post, Metal Clay, to get a full run down of how I work with metal clay, the tools I use, and the kiln firing process. Working with Art Clay is similar in that in comes in clay form, I can roll it out, cut any design or shape I want, and after firing, it will become a hard metal clay.
Here I am shaping the art clay for my earring designs.
Now that the pieces are shaped, texture has been added, and the corners smoothed, they are ready to fire in my metal clay kiln. For art clay, there are a few extra steps in the kiln firing process. Before putting in the kiln I need to lay them on what is called Fiber Blanket, and when the pieces are removed from the kiln, I need to stick them in a cool water bath. Both steps help in removing the oxidized surface that happens to art clay in the firing process.
This is what the art clay looks like before the kiln firing:
This is what they look like after the kiln firing process:
As you can see, a dark outer shell occurs, and you have to dip the pieces in water in order for the outer shell to break away.
Once I've cleaned all of the outer shell off of each piece, I use liver of sulfur to darken the metal clay for a more signature, rustic LPDstudios look.
Next, I wanted to add a little something to each of my metal clay earrings, so I cut companion leather pieces that will layer onto the metal clay using hoop rings.
I added a little color to the leather using acrylic paint.
And here are the final Metal Clay and Leather Earrings!! Which ones are your favorite?
Stay tuned for more adventures in the studio!