Friday, July 18, 2014

Japan trip

I'm going to Japan next month.  August 9th - 19th.  The main purpose of this trip is to go to Yakushima.  But I will also be going to Osaka and Kyoto.  This will be my 6th trip to Japan.  Living in Korea, I am so close to Japan, but this will be my first time to go there since I came to Korea.  I'll be taking a boat to Fukuoka from Busan and flying back to Seoul from Osaka. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Art Jewelry Magazine

I have some pieces published in Art Jewelry magazine this year.  First I had an aluminum and wood piece published in a non-traditional materials gallery in the May issue.

I should have some earrings published in a texturing gallery in who knows which issue, they didn't tell me, and my parents haven't received it in the mail I guess. 

I am told I will also have a pendant published in a sawing and piercing gallery.  I guess that will be in some kind of "special publication", being published in August, not a normal monthly issue.

I also had at least one piece in the gallery section of their website.  I don't keep track of these things very well anymore.  If I see a call for entries that I can enter, then I just enter and forget about it.  Since I always use my parents address rather than my Korea address, I don't even get to see the book or magazine when it's published.  Usually my parents or friend will email a pic of the page I am on.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

zbrush pendant

This is a pendant I was making in ZBrush recently.  I enjoy working on ZBrush, but one problem I think I will have is that I am working on something enlarged much larger than the size it will be manufactured.  I think I am often putting in details that will never show up in the final piece, after 3d printing, casting, and cleaning/polishing.  This pendant for example, the finished piece would probably be about 30mm high, but on my computer I am working on details with it enlarged to about 12"+ high.  I don't know how fine of details will make it through to the final piece.  I still haven't tried printing anything, so I don't know how it will be. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Around January or February I decided to stop trying to learn Rhino and Zbrush at the same time and just concentrate on one for a while.  Zbrush was the obvious choice.  It was more interesting to me than Rhino and I was already spending much more time on it than Rhino.  I also think it's more difficult to learn than Rhino. Mostly I have been doing tutorials on  The focus of that site is mostly for graphics, not manufacturing, but I can apply most of it to sculptural jewelry forms. 

Here are some of the things I have completed.  These are tutorial projects, not my designs:

Friday, March 7, 2014

patina book

I have 2 pieces in the book Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola.  My red yen bracelet and  Blue Mountain Ring.  I haven't seen the book yet, but my friend sent me pics of the pages with my work.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

USA trip

Last month I went to the USA from the 14th till the 27th.  It was the first time I had been back to the USA since I left February 29th, 2012.  I mostly spent the trip eating food I can't get in Korea, meeting friends and shopping for clothes.  I also got a new driver's license.  Mine expired over a year ago so I had to take the driving test again, which was silly.  It was good to drive again, I just wish my parents had a more fun car to drive.

I made 2 new lockpicks while I was there, which I just sold last week.  The handles are tulipwood.

I was too busy to make anything else while I was home.  Making these picks felt no different from when I used to make them.  I mean I didn't feel my skill had diminished at all.  Although with something smaller and more precise like stone setting, I'm sure I have lost some of my skill.  I don't know, it's just my guess.  

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

2013 review

2013 was OK.  Mostly a good year.  It went by very fast.  In March I started a job at an elementary school in a different city near Seoul.  This job doesn't allow me all the free time like my last job did, but I get paid overtime, and this city is in a much better location than my previous two cities.  I'll try to stay at this school once more year.

I took two trips this year.  Hong Kong in January, and Indonesia and Singapore in August.  Neither trip turned out to be very good.  Hong Kong because I was really sick the last two days, so being sick is my main memory of the trip.  Indonesia/Singapore because of poor planning on my part.

This year I started thinking more seriously about what will happen when I go back to the US, and trying to prepare for it.  I haven't been to the US since I left in February 2012.  All I miss is food, my studio, and being able to easily find clothes in my size.  If I can stay in Korea one more year I might be back to visit in January or February.

I got back into doing some jewelry work this year to prepare for when I eventually move back.  I started relearning watercolor rendering and was doing more wax carving at the beginning of the year, but slowed down with that when I started my current job in March.  In September I started learning CAD and completely stopped with watercolors and sketching.  I don't have a studio, so of course I didn't make anything new, but I managed to get 1 piece published in a book and 2 pieces in the permanent collection of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art this year.

This was not a very good year for learning Korean.  Because of my busy job and working on jewelry stuff I had less time and energy to study.  I've also been feeling bored with my study.