i finished the first one today....squeeeee! i love it....but after a minute or so of celebration i was not 100% in love with it anymore. there was just too much space all in the middle there, and once i put it on i was not loving where the feathers hit.
i added another hook so that i could wear it this way too....and i am back on total and complete love.
this necklace has a lot of things i love. my love of asymmetry, science, found objects, and all things vintage.
in the process of finishing the necklace above, my arty-a.d.d. kicked in and i saw these beige-y pearls sitting in a baggie, and they almost perfectly matched the vintage paper i lined the reliquary boxes with ......and then i heard them whisper.....hey...you....stick us in one of those oh-so-soon-to-be-reliquary boxes over there.....hey you....don't ignore us......you know you want to....it's ok...put the necklace down and just do it.
ugh....alright already. i give in to you my arty-a.d.d. i will do it. i am glad i did, because it will take a good 24 hours for the diamond glaze to dry completely. i have no clue what i will add to these at this point and that is because i would not give in any longer to the arty-a.d.d. i went right back to work on the necklace. yea me....
ok....so when we watch a scary or gorey icky movie we always do a happy chaser show to wash away all the yuck from our brains.....well after i finish a prototype or a first of a mulitple of something i kinda do the same thing. i give my brain a little mini break and work on something little before starting on the second of something.
i have some vintage plastic pink beads and matching pink freshwater pearls that i can't quit thinking about, and i think because it is spring, so i decided to put some vintage pink appliques under glass and solder as a focal.
i soldered the first one, and did not like the dot placement. when i don't like something i push it aside and then come back to it. sometimes i have to fall in like with something first, and then love will follow.
i soldered the second one and liked the dot placement on this one much better. i knew there would be no falling in love or like with the first one at this point.
thank goodness i had other pink appliques to choose from, and quickly had another one under glass and ready to solder in no time.
one thing i have learned is once you put dots on something, you can't really remove them with out it getting messy and the piece looking like there was some serious solder overdose going on.
i knew this, but i hated where the dots were and figured if worse came to worse i would break the glass and remove the vintage applique smooshed between the layers of glass.
so i began to try to undot the piece and remove some of the solder....and of course it became a mess.
right about the time i was ready to reach for the hammer and smack the ever living crap out of it and take my frustration out on this molten mess i remembered how years ago i made spikes on a piece that suffered a solder o.d. . how perfect would that be? these are suppose to be roses, i think, and rose bushes have thorns....so when life gives you sucky dots make thorns.....ok not as catchy as ' when life gives ya lemons make lemonade....but close enough.
it took me a minute or so of playing to remember how i did it a couple of years ago. the first time i made the thorny spikes it was an accident while playing with the temperature on my soldering iron. you have to turn it down, the temperature, so that as you lift the iron up the solder begins to cool almost immediately.
i really like this, and i am thinking of keeping it for me. on a short chain or strand of beads i think it would be fine. anything too long and as i move it could flip over and stab me. yipes! i would have to carry a supply of band-aids and neosporin every time i wore it. not good.
i would love to be able to sell it, but i am afraid someone would get stabbed by the spikes and then it would be like mcdonalds and a lapful of hot coffee kind of thing.....and i don't want that.
the hubby and daughter said to just put a disclaimer on the listing....but i think the coffee cups had a disclaimer on them and that did not work for micky d's now did it?!
anyway...i just keep picturing the wear-er hugging some poor soul and putting a bazillion puncture wounds on them. i think it is better i keep this one as it could potentially be a lethal weapon!
i know i said i would post photos of the progress of the weed killing, but i is so tired and i have about 40 ounces of water that has made its way through my digestive system and is screaming to break free to the other side of the ride.....so i am going to say nighty-night sleep tight and i will type at ya later.
big squishy hugs and sloppy kisses to you.