The morning before class there was an impromptu stand-up discussion about patinas. Due to all the interest, Charles quickly set up one of his foldform samples to fume in ammonia for a blue patina. We'll be checking on it through the day.
There is a little household ammonia covering the bottom of the container. The piece should be pickled and then cleaned with dish washing liquid mixed with a drop of ammonia to de-grease. Handle on edges with latex gloves and sit on a little platform in the box. Close the lid and check in a few hours.
Update from later that afternoon... On the left, how it looked after a few hours (note: for a more durable finish, scrub off the loose spots and put it back in.) Then Charles brushed on some diluted hydrogen peroxide here and there, to add some greens. Rinse to stop the process. Gorgeous.
Interested in patinas? Go to Charles' articles
and scroll down to find Patination Notes from the Patinas for Small Studios paper
. Fair warning, you will have trouble scrolling past everything else... the Articles page is a gold mine.
Next Charles asked us to choose samples from yesterday that we wanted to see demonstrated again. The first request was the Heistad cup, and that led into an overview of rolled folds. So we saw two new rolled folds next -- the Plunkett fold and Good fold. All so beautiful.
Next requests for repeated demos were extruded line folds, a couple of stars, and the pleated fold. I didn't get a pic of today's extruded line fold but it's in an earlier post.
Charles demonstrated T-folds next. Variations included wedge t-folds, T-fold with a table bias, alternate T-folds, hammering while the legs are pinned vs. free... and more. Here are some samples:
A great tip. -- any fold has the potential to be a line fold. Open it up and flatten it!
Today's lunch lecture is on chasing tools...
Today's lunch lecture is about chasing tools and how to make them. In depth and full of science, with practical, creative cost saving tips. If this topic interests you, this is the lecture you'll want to hear someday.
Peeps, we've been here this morning for about 4 hours. Are you wondering how we did all this? All I can say is it's very intense -- there truly are no breaks -- but I've never had time speed by so fast. Charles has an amazing talent for delivering jam-packed content in an entertaining style, without overwhelming his students. We have students of all different experience levels here, including those who have never done foldforming before, and that seems to be no problem at all.
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