PuaaNui

Nature Inspired Fine Art Jewelry by Heather Scott

Sacramento, California · 7 Sales

PuaaNui

Nature Inspired Fine Art Jewelry by Heather Scott

Sacramento, California 7 Sales On Etsy since 2011

0 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   I am Heather T. Scott. Some think the "T" stands for Tiberius. I can't believe they're serious.

Words are not my forté. I prefer paint, metal, and clay.

I like to swing dance, it's three minutes of romance.

I lived in Hawaii for five years where I had a lot of laughs and shed many tears.

While I was there I earned a degree, those years mean a lot to me.

Even in the sand, I draw with my left hand.

I sometimes blues dance and I've been to France.

I am Heather T. Scott and I like mitsuro a lot.

Announcement

I am Heather T. Scott. Some think the "T" stands for Tiberius. I can't believe they're serious.

Words are not my forté. I prefer paint, metal, and clay.

I like to swing dance, it's three minutes of romance.

I lived in Hawaii for five years where I had a lot of laughs and shed many tears.

While I was there I earned a degree, those years mean a lot to me.

Even in the sand, I draw with my left hand.

I sometimes blues dance and I've been to France.

I am Heather T. Scott and I like mitsuro a lot.

Heather Scott

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Heather Scott

Reviews

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Anonymous on Aug 27, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Such a beautiful bracelet! I so appreciate your dedication to an ancient technique, and you've really captured the likeness of a leaf. It's on my wrist now and will stay there! Thank you Heather :)

Anonymous on Jan 30, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Love this! fits great, and it's comfortable. Thank you for the fast shipping!

Anonymous on Nov 7, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful from every angle. The person I bought it for loves it. Thank you!!

About

About the Mitsuro technique that Heather T. Scott employs

It is said that Mitsuro is a 1300 year old art form created during the Nara era in Japan. It is different from many other lost-wax casting sculpture techniques where a hard wax will be carved, sanded, and cut into. Instead Mitsuro is pulled and formed with the hands and the use of body heat. It takes a lot of patience and creating a piece with Mitsuro becomes a meditative process for me.

In 2008, I became obsessed with Mitsuro. I did extensive research and experiments on the art form. There is not much information about it so there was a lot of trial and error in the beginning. Because it is not available commercially, I must cook up small batches at a time to use. One batch can take a couple of hours to make. The reason I don't cook up large batches is because I have found the wax has a personality of it's own, it goes bad over time and depending on the season the ratios of the pine resin, bees wax, and paraffin wax are different.

After a batch has cooled, I take a piece and heat it in my hands. It's a very slow process which requires a lot of patience. Once it starts to soften up I slowly pull the Mitsuro. When it is pulled it starts to create striations called hikime (stretching texture) that mimic the texture on bamboo leaves. Just pulling one small piece of Mitsuro can take me anywhere from fifteen minutes to an hour to get a piece I am happy with. Mitsuro can be overworked so I have to be careful otherwise all the time I spent on it is lost and I must start over.

Once I get a straight piece pulled with the texture that I want I slowly and delicately start to bend, twist, and fold the Mitsuro into a design. When I have a design I am satisfied with I cast it into either sterling silver or bronze using the lost wax casting technique.

After the pieces are cast I must carefully cut them off of the channels that were created for the metal to flow into the pieces. Then I have to decide how I want to finish a piece. Imperfections happen during the casting process and after casting the hikime striations still require a delicate touch. Because of this I have to decide which imperfections to keep on a piece and which ones to carefully remove. This can get quite tricky because the striations are so delicate.

Some pieces I polish strictly by hand and others I use a tumbler which burnishes the piece. You will notice that many of my pieces have a black patina in some of the striations. This patina is the left over casting skin from the lost wax casting process that I choose to keep on a piece to make it more dynamic and to give it contrast.

I hope this has helped to give you an understanding of my process and what goes into each piece that I create.

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    Heather Scott is an artist specializing in painting and metal sculpture. In her etsy shop she mainly focuses on her fine art jewelry where she employs a 1300-year-old Japanese technique called Mitsuro.

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Last updated on August 8, 2012
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An item may be returned for a refund within 3 days of receiving it. Buyer pays return shipping.

Custom items are not refundable, but I'm happy to work with you to make sure you're happy with your purchase.

If your item arrives damaged, let me know that day so we can make it right. I realize that occasionally items do break, if this happens please feel free to contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom Orders: I am happy to entertain custom orders, please convo me. I will convo you if I am able to create the custom. If we agree I will post a "special" listing for you that you will need to purchase before I begin creating the item. So, payment is expected before production begins. Please realize custom orders do take time, so expect us to ship within three weeks of your purchase.

If you see an item that has already been sold please let us know in a convo and we would reactivate the piece so you could order it, and than make it as a custom piece. Custom pieces would take about 2-3 weeks before they are mailed.

A note about perfection: While I strive for AWESOME, none of these lovely pieces are flawless. (After all, they are made by flawed human hands.) However, I like to see any imperfections as enriching the item's "character" - so revel in the well-roundedness!

A note about listings: The items you see pictured are the items available for purchase.