Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Workshop View & Roots of Inspiration

Art and Treasure .
To me , these are a celebration of existence !

Tools have been used until they were worn out or broken . Huts , houses and monuments have fallen to ruin.Yet there are incredible and magnificent art treasures in this world well kept from ancient times. Clearly the best art cannot be easily cast away in the face of the mundane. I will go so far as to say that I think interwoven into humanity is a common thread , art is something we are proud to preserve. A gift for the children of the future .

As a boy I learned of great artworks created by our forefathers. Objects that even in this modern era are nearly impossible to reproduce , some many generations worked continuously on in order to finish .

I knew then that I wanted to follow in these foot steps . I chose metal as my core medium.

To bring forth from my hand art that would stand beside that of the masters is not easy , so I set out to gather the skills I would require in order that I might come close.

Fortunate to be from loving parents , artists in there own right , I am blessed to have
had a good start.
There are many more who help along the way , placing tools in my hand , trusting in me guarded knowledge of technique , and have supported and sheltered me so that I can further develop my art form .

The key being , study , practice , and hard work. The road may be at times rough , but I can’t think of anything I’d rather do more.
Above all I thank the people who believe in my dream .
For you I am grateful.

The humble works I present before you , ones I’m very happy to share on the pages of this website, serve to illustrate that I have a foot well planted on the path I have chosen.

And the works that I am near to completing , along with what I have planned , shall exemplify the next steps.

So keep checking back , because I hope that you will be here to see them as they are finished!

          Ray o. Hyder

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Heron Pendant

It was during a walk down the Twenty Mile bay beach at Harrison lake . With a friend on a late summer trip up the back roads outside of Vancouver .
 That I was surprised by a heavy wing beat overhead .
A magnificent Heron!
Camera already in hand , I set off in hot pursuit of my new subject . Whom was making a lazy flight up a dried-out stream bed . Not far along the heron alighted on the gravel and began to walk , exploring small pools . I followed in a stealthy run to catch up . With carefully placed footsteps so as not to disturb , snapping pictures all the way. The heron , seemingly unperturbed by my presence continued up the streambed from pool to pool until -
jackpot! the next pool , this one larger than the rest was teeming with small fish landlocked within with the days of spring runoff long since past .
A glorious feast for a hungry heron !
Taking my cue , I made the most of the opportunity by inching in for some
ultra close ups . My presence , now perhaps too close for
comfort was cause enough for the heron to momentarily
pause its dinner . And after a moment of thought , the
heron took to the air again and made a short flight to
the next pool .
Satisfied with my bounty of photos and not wanting to
interrupt any further ,
I bid my new friend farewell.
Later at my workbench , being inspired by this
experience I decided I would recreate the heron
in gold and platinum .In order to represent the scene in
the way I remembered it , I needed to produce a number of new effects . Most importantly a gravel effect . As other methods had proven unsatisfactory , I had to developed several new chasing tools . These I used to place one by one each stone in the gravel bed .
Also I wanted a new background pattern  , this I was able to produce from another new chasing tool .
Combining these elements together with the developments and
techniques learned from previous pieces ,
 and many of hours of work later .

The Heron Pendant was Born!

14 K Rose , White , Green , & Yellow Gold . with 90/10 IR Platinum . 52 mm x 34 mm
13.3 gr. Total Wt.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Blue Topaz Flower Ring

As an artist and a craftsman I am always seeking to challenge myself , and push the boundaries of what I can achieve . This ring was no exception . From the onset of the project , and throughout the fabrication process I knew that would not be able to complete the engraving with my existing tools . Taking my experience gained from making steel trade mark stamps for colleagues . And further experimentation , I was able to develop a micro graver setup . Essentially chisels the size of fine sewing needles , combined with 60x magnification under the microscope - and a great deal of excitement , the ring was soon thereafter complete .  The Blue Topaz Flower ring , a benchmark in the progression of my art.

Semi-Bezel Ring in:
14 K Rose , Green , White , & Yellow Gold ,
Size : 6

Center Stone :
Blue Topaz 13.70 X 11.30 mm 8.62 CT'S Eye clean

Side Stones : Green Tourmaline 3 mm

10.6 gr. Total Wt.

Hand Fabricated & Hand Engraved by Ray Hyder

Monday, September 21, 2009

Hummingbird Gathering Nectar

The Hummingbird Brooch Pin

On another summer day like any other , the sun gleaming as I walk through the garden -
broken by a mysterious high pitched sound .
No Mister hummingbird , I’m a red haired guy . Not a flower!
Yet another occasion were I had to duck out of the way of a hungry , but misguided hummingbird .
Fortunately there was an abundance of nectar nearby , allowing me time for close up observation of one of my favourite subjects , the small but mighty Hummingbird!
Represented here in
14 K Rose , Red , Green ,
White & Yellow Gold
Size: 45 mm x 50 mm
set with : 3 mm Green Tourmaline , & 3 mm Aquamarine Beryl
16.5 gr.Total Wt.

Hand Fabricated & Hand Engraved by Ray Hyder

Flower Earrings

When I was a boy I would pore over my moms flower bulb catalogues ,
So many different colors and textures , simply amazing the variation and beauty found in nature .
I quickly found that these creations of nature were not so easy to reproduce in art , it would be years later as I refined my skills as an engraver that I would make a flower that I was happy with .- this time in silver , but still , too flat . and without the colors that had drawn me in the beginning .
Then , aha! GREEN gold! Pure gold , when alloyed with silver produces a lovely green .
This I matched with Rose gold , White and Yellow gold , and some three dimensional sculpting .
Here before you , are the results .
14 K yellow , green , white and rose gold
Size : 13 mm x 10.5 mm 2 gr. Total wt.

Hand Fabricated & Hand Engraved by Ray Hyder


Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Hawk Bracelet

Hi everyone !
Here I am proud to present a real favorite of mine , The Hawk bracelet .
This piece represents a substantial amount of work , but the results were well worth it !
Dimensions 2” x 7 1/2 ” x 1.3 mm 120 gr. Total Wt.

Hand Engraved by Ray Hyder

Owl Earrings

Here is a pair of sterling silver earrings I engraved with owls .
These earrings were a real breakthrough for me with the development of a new texture .
32 mm x 38 mm .
Shepherds Hook ,
16 gr. Total Wt.

Hand Engraved by Ray Hyder

Presenting The Owl Bracelet

Here is a sterling silver cuff bracelet that I have engraved .

Dimensions ; 7 ” x 1 5/8 ” x 1.3 mm

73 gr. Total Wt.

This Bracelet was a real joy to create , the flow of the grasses and form of the owl in the designing process just clicked , the engraving followed in the same fashion.

Hand Engraved by Ray Hyder

The First Post

Hi , and welcome !
my name is Ray Hyder,
and I am very pleased to present to you this blog .
The theme of which will be,
an avenue to share with you the artwork that I create .
Over the course of the months and years to come,
I look forward to presenting the latest pieces as they are finished .
As well as noteworthy news and developments from my workshop.