I finally managed to get my studio space sorted out enough to play this weekend. I had to ponder a bit on what exactly I wanted to create. I decided on soldered coffins. I wanted to make the kind of ancient looking object I swoon over on pinterest, with a bit of a mourning jewelry feel to it. Sort of a contemporary Victorian style. How did I do?
I cut glass slides down to size. Admittedly, I am out of practice on glass cutting because I destroyed twice as many as I saved. I ended up with enough for two and a half coffins. (One piece broke while soldering.) Fragile stuff, those microscope slides. Remind me to get another glass cutter. The first one was with this little skeleton hand and some Halloween paper. The back is what broke. Always good to have a test subject. (Sorry for the blurry photo. I was in a hurry and too lazy to re-shoot.)
I decided to play with a bit of metal etching while I was at it. I cut both a back for one coffin and a cover for another. The cover was finished with a strip to make a hinge with. It’s the first time I’ve etched with a specific project in mind. So much more productive that way.
Inside lies this protective owl. I stamped on the coffin door with some patina. Cool, eh?
On the back I added some paper from a medical dictionary about ways to die and an old silver cross that smacked of plague to me.
The etched back is on the Charlotte coffin, which is lined with velvet and surrounded by rhinestones. This one is probably my favorite.
While I’m posting, I should show photos of this thimble necklace I made a month or so back. Fun, fun, fun!
I will start decorating for Halloween in a week or so so keep an eye out for Halloween projects. I’ve got some good stuff planned…stay tuned!