Karen Mccreary – Mystifying Acrylic
McCreary is no stranger to traditional jewelry making. She took her first job with a jewelry manufacturer in the early 1970s, and spent several years casting, mold making, and model making for jewelers while she studied for her B.F.A. Her current work features clear acrylic with colored lacquer applied to the edges or carved areas, and 22k gold leaf applied over the lacquer. When you look at the piece, mainly what you are seeing is the clear of the acrylic, the whitish translucence, and the 22k gold leaf -- and then the color bleeds out from behind it. It makes the color seem a little more mysterious.
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