I thought it was time I put another piece of my work onto my blog.
There is a technique called Burning which I was very keen to try after reading a super little book by Fay Maxwell "Burning and Slashing"( www.fayandkay.co.uk) so I got together lots of different gauzy/metallic material bits and cut them up into very small pieces. I laid them on to a piece of old blanket, covered them with a piece of gauzy material and tacked it down well (probably three inches depth to the bits). Then I machined randomly all over the piece until it was well anchored. Now comes the fun bit - with a mask on to protect against fumes I pushed my soldering iron deep into the work until it burned back and melted the metallic bits in the materials. I found that as I did pieces some of the results were exciting, some quite mundane - in fact you never knew quite what the result was going to be. This is one piece I was particularly pleased with. I have it mounted on the wall in a fairly wide, dull gold frame where the sunlight catches it at certain times of day - then it glints in places and is quite pleasing.