Our Jewelry Sale on February 10th at Revolution Brewery was a great success! Tons of people came out to drink and shop for the perfect gift for their sweetheart. All of the artists had beautiful and unique work and we look forward to our next show!
Thank you for all of YOUR help and compliments!
Chicago Metal Arts Guild cordially invites you to attend our Annual Winter Party.
Join us for an evening of fun and getting to know your fellow metalsmiths.
The evening’s entertainment will include participatory events like the Metalsmith Olympics 2013! Or join us just to socialize.
Bring your favorite dish or beverage to share. And please bring some of your work to show off to the group!
For the exact address and time, look here.
See you there!
Come join us February 10th at Revolution Brewery!
CMAG was again honored to co-host an event at SOFA with SNAG. This year the event was a delightful and well attended brunch. A terrific turn out and lots of connections made!
CMAG is holding fun, casual meet ups almost every month. They’re a fun way to meet other metalsmiths. These aren’t announced on the website because they’re members-only (and guests of members). Members are notified of them via email.
Want to join up? It’s easy to become a CMAG member and you can even pay online.
Click here: http://chicagometalartsguild.com/join
I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I do. In addition to covering the basics of working with shrink plastic, Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk by Kathy Sheldon, also provides a handy lesson on design. Shrink plastic, like sheet metal, is inherently flat, yet can be worked into shapes. Anyone who is struggling with their sheet metal work will find simple ideas in this book for beginning to add that third dimension to their work.
The book shows all kinds of ways to add color to the shrink plastic as well as methods of connecting items made with the oven baked plastic that goes beyond the simple jump ring through a hole.
There are some fun, almost interactive designs, such as teapot scatter brooches where the teapot is pouring into the teacup. Other pieces use layering in an attractive way.
I’m more likely to add a bit of shrink plastic to a metal piece for a bit of color than to make a piece entirely out of the plastic, and this book gives me everything I need to do that.
Like all Lark books, this one has lots of color pictures, clear general instructions and step by steps for each project. The projects are from a number of designers, so you get a variety of styles.
Overall, a thumbs up, a definite “buy it” rating if you want to make shrink plastic jewelry, are looking for fun projects for a tween girl’s birthday party (not to imply that this is only kid stuff.) It’s also a “buy it” if you want some design training — sometimes it’s easier to see the ideas in a different medium than your usual one.
You can see some projects from the book here: http://www.larkcrafts.com/jewelry-beading/shrunk
You can find the book online: http://www.amazon.com/Shrink-Shrank-Shrunk