Elizabeth Lyne is inspired by graceful forms and patterns in nature – soft lines and swirls of feathers and fur, flower petals and butterfly wings. She has brought those impressions to her jewelry by expanding on methods of etching to create a unique process. She is able to control and duplicate her results to provide deep texture and detail to make her jewelry come alive. Elizabeth has developed a technical vocabulary using unusual gem stones and textures and applying gold in multiple ways. She adds contour and volume by pressing her shapes in carved dies of cast acrylic resulting in a wonderful combination of surface and form. She then cuts out her limited edition pieces by hand sawing and her production pieces with handmade blanking dies.
Students will learn how to transform drawings and photos, or imagery from copyright-free sources into high contrast, black & white images that are ideal for etching. They will create layouts of multiple shapes for etching and make blanking dies to quickly cut them out. They will use die forming techniques to give depth and dimension.
Students will be utilizing a scanner, a computer with image editing software (instructions for Windows & Mac computers provided), and a laser printer to prepare the images. Students with access to a laptop computer should bring one and can download the free image editing program called Gimp (https://www.gimp.org/downloads/). The class will have at several computers for student use to prepare images.
Images will be transferred onto silver using PnP circuit board film and a thermal laminator or t-shirt press. Etching will be performed using cupric nitrate and electricity. This etching method produces no toxic fumes and the solution can be filtered to recover all of the silver (which can then be melted or sent back to the refiner with your other silver scraps). After filtering, the solution can be used over and over again.