Saturday, November 30, 2013

Branding - Final Two Logo Options

Well, the following is where I am at in the process. I have narrowed it down to two images and two fonts. I am now going to continue to make some adjustments to the design I am leaning more towards, to come of with a more fitting result.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall 2013 Classes at The Richmond Art Center

Fall classes will begin in a couple weeks at The Richmond Art Center 
Casting Organics is back with another week added on! 
If you like the casting classes you will want to take the Mold Making workshop
The Independent Studio is a great class if you need extra time to get those Holiday gifts completed
If you don't think you will have time for a full class this session, as long as you have completed a beginning jewelry class, consider doing some drop in day or nights.

FYI, there were some discrepancies in the class codes for two of my classes in the printed catalog. The correct codes are below and what is on the website is correct.

Amazed by the world around you?  Do you bring home objects every time you go for a walk? Want to preserve them for a lifetime? Learn an interesting twist on the Lost Wax method of casting molten metal. Use organic materials and found objects such as seed pods or plastic toy parts to convert to silver or bronze. 5 weeks
Class # FA23J • Mon, Oct 21 – Nov 18, 2013 10:30 am – 1 pm
RAC Member $126 • Nonmember $140
Beginning Jewelry - Monday Evening
Explore the basics of jewelry and small metals fabrication. Learn the use of tools, how to saw, file, sand, and high temp silver solder with silver, copper, and brass. Create pierced sawing samples, band rings, and a bezel set stone pendant.  Explore various finishing techniques and surface treatments. 8 weeks
Class # FA19J • Mon, Sep 16– Nov 4, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $198 • Nonmember $220
An introduction to casting Cuttlefish and Organics for Jewelry or Small Sculpture. Learn to cast molten metal into Cuttlefish bone to achieve interesting textures. Explore a twist on the Lost Wax method of casting using organic materials and found objects such as seed pods or plastic toy parts to convert to silver or bronze. 5 weeks
Class # FA24J • Tue, Sep 17 – Oct 15, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $126 • Nonmember $140
Practice already learned techniques on your own time with instructor guidance. This is a great opportunity to utilize the studio to work on those special projects you have in mind or Holiday gifts for your friends and family. As per class interest may learn intermediate techniques for working with jewelry and small metals fabrication. Beginning Jewelry or equivalent experience required. 5 weeks.
Class # FA25J • Tues, Oct 22 – Nov 19, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $126 • Nonmember $140
Learn the process of making a rubber mold of your original cast metal pieces using Natural and Silicone Rubber. This workshop is for those who already have a cast piece of their own that they wish to make multiples of, such as a part for an earring or links for a chain. Students will also learn the process of injecting wax into a finished mold. 2 days
Class # FA14JW • Sat, Nov 9 – Sun, Nov 10, 2013, 11 am - 3 pm
RAC Member $108 • Nonmember $120

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Branding - Final Steps of Logo Design

This is where I am in the design process. Down to 3 image options and many font options. I took the advice of a friend and looked up some free font websites to find fonts similar to the ones I drew from graphic design books. I found a few options that may help, but I am still considering some of the ones I developed on my own. It was also advised that I take a break from the process at this point to absorb my choices in order to make some more decisions with a clearer mind later. And since, two friends recommended this, I suppose I had better listen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Branding Logo Image - Final 4

This was my process for choosing the Final 4.
I began with 8 that I liked the best so far.

I chose to place the circle around each of the images to help me decide which ones would look best if they had a border. And, minified them to see which would translate better on a smaller scale for a charm or stamp.

These are the 4 that I felt were strong enough to consider in the final round of decision making.
I think I am leaning towards C & D. I will likely take the two I choose at this point, edit them, and try them with some of the fonts I have developed. I would appreciate some more opinions on these images.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Branding - Logo Sketches - First Round Picks

After my first round of eliminations, these are the options I have left to choose from. Next I will narrow my options by choosing one from each of the first two sets to compare to the other individual ones shown below. Once I have it down to 5 choices I will then make changes and edit each image to more accurately depict how it may be in the final outcome, so that I can make the best decision for myself.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Branding - Logo Preliminary Sketches part 2

I learned from this exercise that while some of my logo preliminary sketches may not be suitable for my finished logo design, they do make some pretty patterns that might work for some of my art work or jewelry. Especially enameled wall pieces.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Fun Stuff from Maker Faire 2013!

On May 17th - 18th of this year I was in San Mateo for the Maker Faire doing demos for the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco (MAG) and having lots of fun! On Friday, I was helping to set up the booth for the weekend of demos and got to look around and see some of the sites without all of the crowds. The Maker Faire organizers also treated all of us makers setting up that night to dinner and drinks. It was an exciting weekend. The demo's we did were so popular we were slammed! I even had to help out with some of the others before and after mine. Good thing I was there early and stayed late!
Here are some of the photos I took when I had a chance. Enjoy!

Look at all that FOOD!

Lot's of FIRE!

Check this out! Really Weird!


Even a feeding station!

Can't believe, it's made of masking tape!