Lately though,it has been difficult to focus on that work. Embroidery is infinitely more portable, quilting is quieter (a consideration you have to take when living in a duplex), rehearsals are time-consuming and there is also the challenge of staying both current and original.
For my re-entry piece, I decided to really challenge myself to see if the passion was still there. I had worked in colored anodized aluminum previously, but had never stamped words onto it. I also had a sheet of mica kicking around the studio that I had never used. Was it best to attack it with French shears or a jewelers saw? Would it crumble if I tried to rivet through it?
|Experimented with opaque white marker and paint pen.|
The marker worked much better, but needed several passes for full coverage.
|Cut cloud shape with jewelers saw and textured it all|
over with a chasing hammer.
|Also used the saw to cut the aluminum.|
Used the shears to cut the mica. No breakage but some
crackling along the cut line. Works for this design.
|Utilized a variety of files and sanding mediums to smooth out the edges.|
Deckled the edges of the silver cloud.
|The finished product. Cold connected the three units with|
brass eyelets. Measures about 2 1/2 inches. Very lightweight.
So, the spark, however dim is still there. I have a consignment supply to create, a craft show to stock, and possibly even an art show to make pieces for. Time to get back in the saddle in a major way. Keep an eye open next Monday for a new piece.