Wednesday, April 2, 2014

studettes!

NOPALES STUDS

I've been wanting to make these nopales / prickly pear themed earrings for years! 
They make me feel like a proud San Diegan seƱorita.


sterling silver with antique finish
$140

picture of soldering process below...



MELTY SILVER DROPS

Made by melting sterling silver scraps, these organically textured, bright white studs are great for everyday wear.


sterling silver
$50

melted silver droplet pictured below...


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Silver Leafies

Here are a few more pieces I have made as gifts for my mom and sisters. I love designing for people I know and love — I think that keeping a person in mind as I create gives the piece a special character.


SHAPELY STUDS
sterling silver
$80


EUCALYPTUS INSPIRED EARRINGS
sterling silver
$200


HUGGING LEAVES NECKLACE
sterling silver and pearls
$140

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

hoorah for new jewelry!

Hello world! I've been working on my metal smithing skills, and I have some new jewelry designs to show you. Most of these will be for sale on my new ETSY shop, which is currently in the works.


SUNNY SIDE UP STUDS
sterling silver & brass
$100


BIG & LITTLE LEAF PENDANTS
sterling silver
$80 (little) & $100 (big)



GINKGO TRI-LEAF NECKLACE
sterling silver
$200



"I HEART FAMILY" NECKLACE
sterling silver & brass
$200 (add $20 for each additional heart tag)



JADE FLORAL RING
white jade & sterling silver
NFS


Stay tuned — there's more to come!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Coraline Crab

Coraline Crab is complete! Here she is, after a summer of design and fabrication. I hope you enjoy seeing my new creation. :)


CORALINE CRAB

brass, sterling silver, and wood
10.5' x 4.25" x 3"

Coraline is my first animal portrait made from metal. My past animal portraits have been made primarily from fabric, so this is an exciting step for me! 

This portrait is also more three-dimensional than my past works. I am increasingly drawn to making dioramas and compositions of flat layers to describe a scene. This style reminds me of a stage or framed microcosm — a world within a world.

Months of rather tedious work have left me feeling relieved to move on to new projects, and I'm not sure I'll be attempting such a metal scene again soon! Spending a few days or weeks on a piece of jewelry seems like a piece of cake to me now. So, that goes to show it's all a matter of perspective.

Here are more pictures of the process...


Cabrillo Tide Pools (Summer 2012) – I took photos of some local creatures and their environment.



... from my photos and others online, I studied my animal of choice until I knew its basic anatomy.



Next, I created a sculpture. This time, I used paper instead of the usual clay.
... from the sculpture I did a drawing of my new character, bringing her into the computer to vectorize.


The vector graphic allowed me to break my drawing into pieces, making a sort of pattern for my collage.


I was originally going to make the portrait out of paper, like Glenda Gecko, but I decided to go big...


upper left: paper pattern pieces traced onto metal
upper right: metal pieces cut with jeweler's saw
lower left: soldered brass and sterling silver to make Coraline
lower right: lots of filing and sanding on all those layers for Coraline's cave



Most of the pieces are cold connected with brass tubing and wire. I even learned how to tap and die my own nuts and bolts!


After texture and patina, all pieces were joined together ... and here she is, yay!


Monday, February 25, 2013

Winter Works

I just finished an 8 week course with my metal smithing teacher, Ingrid Psuty! I'm so thankful to have a mentor and close colleague here at Glashaus. My skills are improving, and I'm happy as a clam. :)

*all pieces made from sterling silver


BLOSSOM EARRINGS


"CAT" RING


EGG PENDANT
removable lid with topographical design


GAZELLE CAMEO RING
gazelleo!

None of these items are for sale as of yet. My goal is to build up a cohesive body of work to present to galleries. Sometimes I feel frustrated by how long it takes me to make each piece of jewelry, but I'm also proud of my progress. Slowly but surely!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

keeping busy :)


copper bougainvillea cut-outs • silver drop outlines • silver splatter
wood & silver flame cut-outs • rivets for fox earrings • silver fox cut-outs




BOUGAINVILLEA EARRINGS

copper and white pearls
with sterling silver ear wires
$40



FOXY LADY EARRINGS

sterling silver riveted to hardwood
with sterling silver ear wires
$48

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Time to catch you up!

Summer flew by...


Here are some pieces I finished in metalworking class with Ingrid Psuty. :)


PRISCILLA PEACOCK
box and feathers
brass, copper, and sterling silver


RACING RABBIT RING
sterling silver


CHAMELEON NECKLACE
brass, copper, turquoise, and ribbon

MY NEW STUDIO (!)

This Fall, I started renting an art studio at GLASHAUS, a converted warehouse in Barrio Logan, San Diego.

I'm upstairs in the back — I'd love for you to come visit me. Email me at mhh@monicahui.com to make an appointment :)


me in my studio. yay!


Here are some new pieces I've been working on. I'm currently splurging on sterling silver, because it's gorgeous. Did you know that about silver? It really is gorgeous. The pictures don't do it justice!


GIANT CILANTRO LEAF NECKLACE

sterling silver pendants and wire
silver plated chain with adjustable length
$78


 JOSHUA TREE NECKLACE
(inspired by my dad's design)

sterling silver pendant and wire
silver plated chain with adjustable length
$56.50


SWOOPING GULLS NECKLACE

sterling silver pendants and wire
silver plated chain with adjustable length
$68


ENTIRELY ♥ STERLING SILVER
various earrings ranging $44-$50 per pair

That's all folks — you made it! Thanks for reading and taking a look at my new works. Till next time ...

Friday, July 13, 2012

glenda gecko



paper, acrylics, wood, glue, wire, nails / 12" x 9"

DETAILS DETAILS


Here are a few close-up shots of the painted textures and paper/wood cut outs.

THE PROCESS


I've actually been working on this portrait for over a year now — I started working on the sculpture in Spring 2011!

(1) The picture of the Madagascan Day Gecko is from The Big Book of Animals by Sheila Hanly, which has been the inspiration for a lot of my work. This was my main reference for the sculpture.

(2) The sculpture is 7" x 4" x 4" with a wooden base which can be mounted to the wall. It took me forever to figure out how to do this. It was only when I recently started working with wood that I found a solution.

(3) and (4) As usual, I did a drawing and then the vector graphic with the sculpture as reference.

(5) Instead of fabric, I used painted paper. I looked at some of my favorite textiles for pattern ideas, then cut out the pieces with my trusty exacto.

(6) Here are all the pieces of painted paper cut outs. I didn't like how flimsy the paper was though. This was one problem I discovered with my first painted paper cut out — the portrait of the echidnas.

(7) I solved this problem by cutting out a few of the main shapes from wood, so that the paper would have a solid backing. I also wanted the portrait to be more 3D, so I raised a couple of the panels to higher planes, attached with wood, wire, and glue.

THANKS FOR STICKIN' WITH ME FOR THIS LONG!

Only two more portraits to go, and I'm done! I can't believe it!! Then the most intimidating part — book designing, publication, and marketing ... hopefully I can meet my (extended) deadline of Christmas 2012. I'm asking for forgiveness in advance if I can't quite make it. though :P 

I really appreciate all your support, encouragement, and patience!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

emma edmund and ethan eat ants

I finally completed another animal portrait. I must say I do love my echidnas :)





Here's a close up of Emma. She's at the front of a line of courting males. These trains can last up to six weeks before any echidnas actually get it on. Echidnas also have lots of other strange qualities, which I'll leave to you to discover on your own.

In this super close up picture you can see the patterns are paint, not fabric this time. On some heavy cardstock I painted base colors. Then I used a very tiny brush to paint intricate patterns.

Did you know that doodling is a lot of fun?!?

also, did you catch the two animals hidden in the patterns? One of them is really hard to see though ...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Two New Pieces



IN A DESERT LANDSCAPE



clay, metal, wood, wire, glue, twine / 13" x 12' x 5"



GEOLOGICAL MAPPING

 wood, glue, vinyl, vellum, plastic, porcelain, paint, linseed oil / 13" x 5" x 6"

Monday, April 30, 2012

some new jewelry

rustic red set — necklace and studs

 cabbage earrings

 sea urchinettes

pear blossoms

white eggplant necklace

... and a few pictures of the bead making process. :)