Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nest Necklace: Project number 4!

A couple posts back, i posted a teaser post with a glass jar of beads and wire. At that time, this necklace had been pretty much finished... only lacking a drill. After much searching, i finally found and bought a drill over the weekend. A couple quick holes and jump rings and voila! I really did have quite a productive long weekend, finishing off 3 necklaces! One i showed in the previous post, one is in this post here, and one i will be posting next. This one here is project number 4 from Stephanie Lee's book 'Semiprecious Salvage'. I have really been loving this book, and i am so pleased to have finished this piece. Stephanie's book is lovely, as her her fabulous blog, and you should check her out here.

I did stray somewhat from the design layed out by Stephanie, but my main goal was to learn the skills offered in the creation of the necklace. In her piece in the book, she used one of the fabulous porcelain doll arms. It reminded me so of the porcelain bisque dolls from germany. I would love to have something like this, as they speak to me so strongly, but as of yet it is not in the cards. Instead, i created the bird nest similar to one discussed later in the book (ok... yes... i peeked ahead hahah). I also decided to add the links i created, linked from a tutorial posted by the lovely Derryn Mentock (I had so much fun creating these links... you should go check out her easy to use tutorial on how to creat them :) here.

So, for those of you who have not seen stephanie's book, the square part of this piece was created using a square of copper sheet metal. I then did a simple transfer of a reversed book image, of a bird in a tree. After thus creating a resist, i put the square in Ferric Chloride (an acid) which etched away, creating a nice bird pattern. If you have any questions about this, post me a quick note in teh comments and i will help you out :).

Good luck to all who are entering my 'One World One Heart' draw.


Dragonlady said...

This is an awesome piece, You are so very talented..

Deryn Mentock said...

Very pretty! Thanks for linking to me!

My Journey to Hope said...

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! I love this piece you did, too! Best of luck to you in the drawing!


Diana said...

It looks like you are having fun with Stephanie's book....isn't it great?? Thank you for visiting my blog, Dale, and leaving such a kind comment. Hope you will come back and visit often.
Keep creating!

Tami Roth said...

Dale, I love this necklace too!!! You are doing amazing work! I haven't purchased any solution for etching yet-where do you get yours? I've been wanting to try it. Thanks so much for offering to help out a newbie if you don't mind :) Thank you in advance sweetie!