<![CDATA[METAL ARTS GUILD OF VANCOUVER ISLAND - Blog]]>Fri, 12 Jun 2020 22:52:20 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[2020 Design Challenge Achievements]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2020 23:29:23 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/2020-design-challenge-achievementsWelcome to our Wall of Achievements
Design Challenge Winners
Join our wall of Design Challenge Winners.
Next month you have an opportunity to enter into your design for a chance to win.
<![CDATA[VOTING IS NOW CLOSED]]>Tue, 02 Jun 2020 20:19:27 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/voting-is-now-closedTHANK YOU
We'd like to say a big THANKS to everyone who entered the
May "Flower" Design Challenge. 
Each entry was original and unique and everyone did an amazing job.
It's very rewarding being part of the MAGVI and witnessing how everyone steps up to each challenge. Congratulations to all.
Please be sure to comment below and congratulate this month's winner.
Here is a collage of all the entries for the May Design Challenge.



Barbra Thrasher Gougeon
You received the most votes for this month's challenge
and have won a $25 Gift Card.

<![CDATA[welcome TO THE MAY 2020 MAGVI DESIGN CHALLENGE]]>Thu, 28 May 2020 22:56:27 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/voting-is-now-open
ENTRY #1 - Flower Child
ENTRY #2 -Calla Lily
ENTRY #3 - Flower Rain Chain
ENTRY #4 - Petals in Bloom
ENTRY #5 - Clematis and Spring Flowers
Created with Poll Maker
<![CDATA[APRIL VOTING IS NOW CLOSED AND results are in!]]>Sat, 18 Apr 2020 18:39:39 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/voting-is-now-closed-for-april-2020-design-challengeThank You!
All I can say is BRAVO!
Your design entries were amazing.
Thank you for going outside your comfort zone and participating in MAGVI's Virtual Challenge.
Please visit the original Blog post for names of artists and
join me in congratulating them on their amazing designs.


Debé VanderHeide
You received the most votes for this month's challenge
and have won ?

The Eagle Dancer - designed by Debé VanderHeide of debVdesigns

We had a tie for 2nd place

Gail Pasaluko and John Gray tied with the 2nd highest number of votes.
Great job Gail and John.

designed by John Gray
designed by ​Gail Pasaluko

Entry with the 3rd Highest Votes

Francois Lavigne received the 3rd highest votes.
​Great job Francois.

designed by ​Francois Lavigne

How Many Votes Were There?

We had over 50 votes cast
and every design received votes.
Be sure to join us for the next
Design Challenge.
<![CDATA[APRIL 2020 MAGVI APRIL CHALLENGE ENTRIES]]>Sun, 12 Apr 2020 19:50:54 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/magvi-april-challenge

Just because we can't meet in person does not mean we can't continue to inspire and give each other a little nudge to go to our creative corner and create.

Aprils challenge was to create a design using FIRST NATIONS as inspiration.

The challenge is open to members and non-members with all the details in the March newsletter and available in the archives HERE

If you haven't already subscribed to the MAGVI email list, please do so HERE.
Submissions are posted below as Entry #1, Entry #2 and so on.
Some entries have several photos to show different angles, features or details.
Continue scrolling down to the end of this Blog post to view all the entries until you see


Your task is to choose your favorite entry.
I know there will be many you'd like to choose from but, unfortunately, we only get one vote.

There's a comment area at the bottom of this post and we'd love to hear from you.

We are all at different stages in our creative journey.
Our choice of mediums, techniques and styles may differ, but the one thing we all have in common is that we love to create.

Thank you everyone for participating in the design challenge and sharing your process.
Thank you for presenting such beautiful work for our viewing and voting pleasure.

Entry # 1

Really enjoyed the challenge, gets me in the studio to create and play with new ideas.
This necklace is brass and copper. Skill set to create; sawing, doming, soldering, forming, piercing, etching, some patterns with rolling mill and the Alan Revere ball clasp.
This is my tribal metalsmith piece.

Entry # 2

Designed by John Gray
This ring I made in silver and 14kt yellow gold and is set with a genuine green tourmaline.
I've been working with metal since I was 15 years old now retired trained by some of the finest craftsmen in the world when I was in England.  Now living in Nanaimo

Entry # 3

Designed by Theresa Wilkes

A lovely pair of feather earrings.

I learned new texturing techniques. Better control of the hammer as well as soldering different metals.

Entry # 4

Designed by Debé VanderHeide

The Eagle Dancer
First Nations and Navajo cultures (just to name a few), celebrate the eagle in their spiritually-based ceremonies as it is believed the eagle could soar between heaven and earth because of how high it can fly. 
My design pays tribute to the "Eagle Dancer" and can be worn as a pendant, scarf pin or brooch.

The fabrication of this piece incorporates hand sawing, riveting, hammer & rolling mill textures and soldering to name a few. This was my first prong setting for the top bead/stone and fabricating a pin clasp. It is worth mentioning that hand sawing is not something I embrace, but felt the design needed a free form design for the back plate to frame the top piece (and I only broke 3 blades so that is an improvement for me). The bail wasn't in the original design, but was born out of having to trouble shoot a failed frame for the pin. I'm happy with how it turned out and how I was able to problem solve along the way.

There are things I would alter next time but I so enjoyed the journey of this challenge.

Entry # 5

Designed by Heather Simmons
Copper Wire Sculptures - Humpback Whale & Octopus
Inspiration with the First Nations ties to the sea for art and survival.

Entry # 6

Designed by Barbra Thrasher Gougeon
​For this challenge I wanted to work mainly with 14K Gold-Filled wire as I knew it would look perfect for the design I had in mind. I taught myself a new weaving technique that would help re-create the rays of the sun. Each earring has 7 1//2 ft of gold-filled wire. I used copper for the frame (with a light patina), genuine 2 mm faceted turquoise beads/gold beads and a gorgeous bright orange faceted Cubic Zirconia for the center. They hang from Sterling silver ear wires/gold beads. 

My Inspiration for these earrings came when I thought about indigenous design, having been to Arizona several times my first thought was Navajo style. Then I thought about the sun and the heat, and the idea just evolved from there. The pictures do not do them justice. They're not perfect, but I love them.

For the past couple of years I'e found myself becoming more and more interested in wire weaving and wire wrapping. I am a Silversmith, but upon moving to the Island from the mainland I no longer have an appropriate place to solder jewelry. I still wanted to work with Sterling silver and genuine gemstones and found myself falling in love with some of the gorgeous wire wrapped and wire woven jewelry I've seen.

​I'm a designer at heart and my excitement comes from making my one of a kind designs come to life.
I've been working with metal on and off for 27 yrs and I'm still learning. We moved to Nanoose Bay 3 yrs ago and we love it here. My inspiration is the beauty I see when I walk out my front door.


Designed by Valerie Harty
The dramatic contrast in this piece suggests the multiple crossing paths we share with the First Nation people. An Eagles claw was given to me by a classmate several years back as a gift of his friendship has been used with honour and hand built into a Sterling Silver pendant. 


Designed by Francois Lavigne
This ring is made from copper an element of the earth. The movement of the metal represents my interpretation of the strength and the impact experienced by the First Nations people of Canada throughout history. 


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<![CDATA[WE HAD BEADS AT FEBRUARY'S MAGVI GATHERING]]>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 22:24:16 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/we-had-beads-at-februarys-magvi-gathering
Doug & Ruthie's DESTASH party.

There were so many bead styles and colors to choose from that even if you had a massive stash at home, you couldn't resit adding more. Well, that's my story anyway.

Thanks to Doug & Ruthie for allowing the Guilders to come and have the first chance to look and buy from their collection.
<![CDATA[magvi's first blog post!]]>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 22:05:01 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/magvis-first-blog-post
WELCOME to our new BLOG!

Instead of having a blotted newsletter, I thought we could post here in the Blog. This way it is open to our fellow GUILDERS and subscribers to comment and share in our creative journey.

Please feel free to join in, ask questions and share in the posts. If you have post ideas, send them in.
<![CDATA[MAGVI's first 2020 challenge!]]>Sun, 22 Mar 2020 21:17:16 GMThttp://metalartsguildofvancouverisland.ca/blog/magvis-first-2020-challenge Metal Arts Guild of Vancouver Island's First Official 2020 Challenge. 
We introduced in our earlier newsletters that we wanted to start inspiring our Guilders (aka members) with a monthly challenge. We offer a word(s) of inspiration each month and members can enter into the challenge for a chance to win a $25 Visa Gift Card. 

The words of inspiration for February were "BEACH, WATER and/or FISH" and you could choose to use one or all 3 words of inspiration in your design.

All entries were displayed for all in attendance to view and then we had the opportunity to vote on our favorite. It was hard to choose just one but that was all we could choose.  After all votes were counted, the entry with the most votes would be announced.

There were 7 entries in total and we want to express how grateful for everyone's participation and congratulate you all on a job well done. Please see photos of all the entries below. I'll try and do better photography next time but the lighting was not the best.
After all the votes were in, the winner and runner up were announced.
1st Place was Entry #4 by Debé of debVdesigns  with her Mixed Metal Under the Sea Collection of Pendants and Earrings. 

2nd Place was Entry #2 by Barbra with her Sterling Silver & 14K Gold Filled Earrings with London Blue Topaz and Freshwater Pearls.