Lisa / Studio Notes

  • My Mothers Wrangler Bluebell Denim Jeans

    My Mothers Wrangler Bluebell Denim Jeans
    Wrangler Bluebell Jeans
    As I was folding my Mothers Wrangler Blue Jeans, I realized that these pair of jeans have been worn for over 65 years by three generations of women in my family.  I remember my mother wearing her "old" jeans during her home improvement projects.  I always loved the shape and color of these wranglers, from the stove pipe leg and side zip waist, to the unique wrangler patch on the back pocket.  My Mother told stories of how she wore them in high school, rolled up with penny loafers.  When I was finally big enough to wear these fabulous jeans, I stole them out of her closet and they became a staple in my wardrobe all through my high school years.  I never purged these denim jeans and carried them with me throughout my life, they kept me connected with my mother throughout my adult years.  When my daughters started high school, the tradition continued and they raided my closet, just as I did, and started wearing these unique Wrangler Blue Bell Jeans. But this time, not with penny loafers but with there own twist of footwear.  Everytime I see one of my daughters wearing these jeans, I snap a photo and send it to my Mother, to remind her of the unintended tradition she started 65 years ago. 
  • 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 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.

  • LPDstudios Blog - Inspiration - Niagara Falls Canada

    Lisa at Niagara Falls Canada
    Summer has officially arrived and my time in the studio has come to a screeching halt.  Because of this, I was able to take a road trip to Niagara Falls Canada.  The falls are just incredibly amazing, I just could not take my eyes off them. They where so dazzling, inspiring, beautiful......and wet.  There are just not enough adjectives to describe these wondrous icons.  
    Niagara Falls Canada

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