Aby-a-Day – July 28: Abyssinian art

As if I didn’t have enough interests and hobbies, I have recently discovered Art Clay Silver. This marvelous technological wonder is, basically, clay, which when fired becomes fine silver! The best part is, if you use the right kind of clay, you can fire it on your gas stove.

I took endless clay handbuilding classes from the time I was 5 or 6 until I was in my teens, and then in college I did a lot of metalworking, jewellery making, silversmithing and enamelling, so to discover silver clay was something of a revelation.

The first thing I wanted to make was a three-dimensional, silver version of this photo:


Which is one of my all-time favourite shots of Jacoby and Angel. Probably an ambitious first project for someone new to the medium, but I am not the type to shrink from an artistic challenge.

Here is my “Ninja vs. Pirate” captured in silver:


I couldn’t quite get Jake’s arms up the way they were in the photo…


…but if you look very closely, you can see Angel’s only got one eye!

I also made a silver version of this photo of Tessie and Kylie from when Kylie was about 2½ months old:


The bases are actually pieces of moose antler that I bought at a pet supply store – they’re sold as dog chews!