Author Archives: Islandgirl

About Islandgirl

I always wanted to be a mermaid. But I quite like my legs, so I became a Scuba Diving Instructor instead. Then I found a Texan husband in the Caribbean, moved to Jersey and had children. The water's a bit chilly for me here, so I decided to make my love of creativity my new job. How cool is that! So that's what I do: I paint, I draw and I sculpt. My inspiration comes from my travels, and from the beautiful nature all around me. Follow me a little bit on one of my journeys as I make a big big sculpture for one of local hotels. Thanks for visiting...

The Patina

  Now that the metalwork is all done (hooray!) it’s time to create the Patina.  The original plan had been to paint an oxidised copper effect onto a steel structure but, if you remember, we don’t do things by halves … Continue reading

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The Mosaic Bit

While the Chief Fabricator is busy with the copper, I can concentrate on the mosaic feature of the sculpture.  The photo on the right shows the wooden disc which will house two mosaics, one on each side.  I have drilled … Continue reading

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A Huge Copper Learning Curve

My Chief Fabricator has been busy in the Man Cave, covering the entire steel structure with a copper skin.  This has been challenging, exhausting, and involves a huge learning curve, but I’m amazed how much he’s achieved already, and it’s … Continue reading

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Basic Wave Structure Done!

The Welder of Distinction has been busy in his man-cave, welding the inner skeleton to hold the sides of the wave together.  The man-cave is alight with fireworks, smelly and rife with testosterone, so special protection is required when delivering cups of … Continue reading

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Copper!

I love the effect of oxidised copper (known as a Patina) because it reminds me of the colours of the ocean.  It conjures up a Caribbean beach, an underwater wonderland and the spectaculars vistas of our own Jersey waters from … Continue reading

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Work Gets Serious on the Wave

Putting the mosaic practice to the side for a while, it’s time to get started on the main structure of the sculpture.  Once the template of the wave shape has been cut from hardboard it then needs final shaping to … Continue reading

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The Fiddly Bit : Experimenting with Mosaic Techniques

It’s blowing a hooley, but the sun is shining, so I wrap up the kids and dog and off we go to our favourite place: the beach.  The task in hand is to search for treasure.  With a trained eye, … Continue reading

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