Ciaran and I were busy building a leprechaun trap last week for his class. He wanted a truck so we made one out of cereal boxes, sticks, bobbins, a vitamin bottle, and tissue paper. Ciaran made a sign to entice the leprechaun to jump in the back of the truck and into the trap full of gold! I think it turned out pretty darn cool:)
I finally finished my pendants into "neck pieces" this week. I added leather lacing to each one and some rivets to make them look super awesome and now, the first one is up in my Etsy shop. I am diggin' how they are coming out and hope to expand on the idea a bit. I think the thing I like the most is watching them patina before my eyes. Since the metal I am using is scrap from my mask making, it already has some texture and patina to it. I am adding more texture to help each piece of metal fit into the whole piece but I am leaving the rest alone. Each piece is polished with a brass brush and soap and water only. I only sand down the rough spots here and there. So they are all going to naturally patina over time. My goal is to have a completely new idea look like it has been around for ages, just like my masks do. I am having way too much fun with these, I hope you enjoy looking at them too:)
I went into the secret lab and came out with these! None of them are completely finished but here you go:)
My goal was to finish up five of these so I could finish each one over the course of the week and list them by the weekend. But, my hands are blistered and sore and I think it may take a couple of extra days to finish up. I still need to attach the bails and decide if I want to add chain or cord to them AND some coordinating copper and brass charms at the end of the cords to make them super AWESOME!
I read somewhere that this year was the year to work hard, and I'm trying to. I'm trying to minimize the time I'm on the computer so I can get more done in the lab. I hope this is a step in the right direction. Right now I am so excited that I got to do some metal work that I don't even care if anything comes of it. I missed my metal so.