Lisa / Behind the Scenes

  • The Magic of Liver of Sulfur

    I just love using the chemical "liver of sulfur" to darken my metal. Every time I brush my metal with this chemical its like magic. If this process was done in a factory, the end result would be the same, because the conditions would be monitored for every piece i.e.: the temperature, the amount of water, even the measurement of the chemical. But I am a studio artist, so with every new piece of copper I brush will the liver of sulfur, I feel I am creating a small piece of art. Click on the photo and watch a video of Lisa change the bright color of copper to the beautiful colors of yellow and dark purple. 
    Liver of Sulfur
  • LPDStudios - What's New - Holiday Ornaments

     Holiday Ornaments

    I love the "hands on" etching process that I use to create these beautiful Holiday Ornaments. 

    metal shapes

    My friend Sephi, of ARTZOOO cuts out my Red Brass, Copper and Silver Nickel shapes.  After I clean and file, I begin by drawing my designs directly onto the metal with a paint pen. The ink from the pen prevents that area on the ornament from being etched.

     

    Ornaments

     Next, I prepare the etching solution using kosher salt.

    LPDstudios Blog: Behind the Scenes - Saltwater Etching - LPDstudios was created by designer artist Lisa Parmer Ditty. All of her designs are handcrafted in her Pennsylvania studio. She has merged her love of leather, metal and metal clay to create a unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry and even pet collars. Follow her studio blog and see what she is designing next.

     Then, I hook up the converter that will generate low voltage current.

    LPDstudios Blog: Behind the Scenes - Saltwater Etching - LPDstudios was created by designer artist Lisa Parmer Ditty. All of her designs are handcrafted in her Pennsylvania studio. She has merged her love of leather, metal and metal clay to create a unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry and even pet collars. Follow her studio blog and see what she is designing next.

     After plugging in the convertor, the salt water etching process begins. The electric current slowly erodes the copper from the metal, making the drawing take shape. 

    LPDstudios Blog: Behind the Scenes - Saltwater Etching - LPDstudios was created by designer artist Lisa Parmer Ditty. All of her designs are handcrafted in her Pennsylvania studio. She has merged her love of leather, metal and metal clay to create a unique collection of custom leather handbags, metal and leather jewelry and even pet collars. Follow her studio blog and see what she is designing next.

     After sanding, filing, and a bit more magic, my ornaments are complete.  They are ready for you to enjoy this holiday season.ornaments on tree

    To learn more about the process click on Salt Water Etching.

     

  • LPDstudios -Behind the Scenes - Blue Leather Stars with Copper Moon and Mini Star Earrings

    Looking to the Heavens 

    I have assembled a vignette of the design process for these beautiful Leather Star with Copper Moon Mini Star Earrings.  Just Click on the You Tube Link.

  • LPDstudios- Family Love Trinkets - Sharks Tooth Necklaces

    Sharks Tooth with Love Trinkets
    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.   
    metal stamps for lettering
    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. 
    Attaching the Bail to the Sharks Tooth
    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.  
    Love Trinkets
    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. 
  • LPDstudios Blog - Behind the Scenes - Leather, Metal and Gemstone Earrings

    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.

    Leather, Copper and Gemstone Earrings

    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.  

    Jewelry NotesThe iridescent green fresh water pearls are just gorgeous and will compliment my copper and hand painted leather pieces.  

    Trumpet Vine Earring Components

    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.

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