"This intrigues me...sounds like a cool idea. Personally I'm a sucker for print media...a bit tough for me to be objective in that regard because I still love holding a magazine or book in my hands; that tactile experience, you know! It feels…"
"Elke- I use the filtered beeswax also and make my own medium. Mine doesn't smell like beeswax- darn it- but the only fumes I'm a bit careful with is the cadmiums- they are toxic. If you don't use powdered pigments it cuts way down on…"
"Hi Elke...to answer your last question, I use filtered beeswax so it's pretty pure and natural, no bleach. So yes, masks aren't necessary unless you mix it with other media as I do because the beeswax is non-toxic. The colours I use are…"
"Thanks a lot for your detailed decription,it helps to understand the process of this work!Beewax is yellow or do you buy refined ,bleeched wax? I did do batiks in my studentdays and remember the smell quite well but we never cared about fumes or…"
"Hi Elke...Where it looks like bent metal is actually a build up of how the wax melted and I recall tilting the substrate a bit so that as it was cooling it pooled to create this interesting effect. The top edges of that pooling actually…"
"thanks for the detailed description!I still can't see clearly how this is done in the middle where it looks like bend metal! Did you fold the sheet of cardboard? and let the wax find its way?Im very intrigued by this piece!Do you work on bigger…"
Thanks for your comments, yes it is for sale, I make to order. I sell for $45 NZD - It is very popular with spiritual people & healers. If you hit the (like)button on my facebook page you can see the matching earrings I will throw in free of charge with the purchase of the pendant & a chiffon draw string bag.
Many thanks for your share on facebook too. I am just starting out in this new venture & as a single mother I am hoping to make an income from my jewelry to get off welfare. I have just set up paypal for an international sale to the US. I would be thrilled if you purchase this. Oh and I love your art, so three dimensional & colourful.
So once i have my image printed onto transparency film, I take my Ezscreen silk screen which has been coated in light sensitive emulsion (These sheets come pre-coated so they are ready to use). Place it onto a black board, then place the transparency image on top (this part needs to be done in a dark room with no direct sunlight). I take it outside and expose it for 1 minute and 40 seconds (but time varies depending on time of day and strength of sunlight). After i have exposed the image i place it into a tub of water for around 5 - 8 minutes. Then i rinse the screen out under fast running water until the unexposed area (the black) washes away. I then expose the screen to the sun for a further 20mins to completely harden the light sensitive emulsion.
And this is the completed screen ready for printing. I simply use an old credit card to spread the ink over the screen making sure i do one complete full stroke across the screen (holding the credit card at a 45 degree angle). I immediately wash the screen out under fast flowing water and pat dry. I use fabric screen printing ink which washes out in water (which makes the process easy).
I love this product, their website is http://ezscreenprint.com/ (for full instructions and details on how to purchase this awesome product).