I’m rearranging work areas in my Studio.I consolidated my metals work to one table, dedicating the other work table to sculpting. Moving things around usually means I come across something I haven’t had my hands on in a little while and then I’m off.
Finding and reviewing some of the videos on www.beaducation.com got me pulling out my metal letter stamps and experimenting. Which lead to the following storage idea for my metal stamps…
Over a year ago I bought this wooden Wiener Dog crayon holder at a yard sale for $1.00. I’ve moved it from pillar to post ever since. It’s 23″ from nose to tail and 4″ high at the head. There are 64 holes – two rows of 32. I have italic stamps in one row and standard in the other. Love this idea. It saves my husband from making me a holder, from me buying a holder made for metal stamps and, most importantly, I smile everytime I see it.
1. I didn’t push the development of this butterfly I posted a couple of days ago and it was bugging me …
2. The curved, simple, metal corners are a favorite of mine. My friend mentioned the other day she didn’t like them very much and gave me hers. I got to thinking that there must be another use for them besides being attached to paper. There is! They make awesome dangles, scales, etc.
I couldn’t get the rivet out of the butterfly without a lot of work so I improvised. To bend the heart for more depth – I used two dowels; one on top in the middle and two underneath down both sides and pushed. I aged the wings by brushing on liver of sulfur. Rhinestones replaced the pearls. Body “tags” were made by cutting the metal corners in half, flattening one end and making holes using an awl at the narrow end and a hole punch at the large end. The “tags” were secured first by 30 gauge metal wire and again when the size 14 iridescent seed beads were added and strung in and around the tags. Now it’s officially a pin.
I spent time today experimenting with findings (things that go with other things). Bonnie’s Best Art Tools has a sale on enameled metal doo dads (the official name escapes me) that are generally used for decoration by threading a ribbon from side to side. I couldn’t resist a sale and an opportunity to see what else could be made from these things. At the same time I picked up other metal doo dads (a mesh heart and brass corners)to play with.
Since these, to me, were meant for paper crafts – I had to take them somewhere totally different. Everything went into a piece of jewelry. I also tried etching and didn’t like the results. I’m a baby blogger – you only get to see the good stuff right now.