Monday, November 12, 2012

3D Etched Metal House Necklace

Its three weeks since I had the second operation on my shoulder and all going well. Of course there is still some post operative pain but the awful pain I was getting with stretching out to get anything has now gone...range of movement is improving slowly too so all in all not too bad. My gorgeous daughter Melissa was home last week for a visit and left Friday...I miss her already. I was cleaning up my desk yesterday after her visit and a WIP just called to be completed
See I had a nearly completed 3D tiny etched metal house on my desk for months and on it were some vintage children got me wondering If they did live in that tiny house what would they play with and what treasure may be found that they have left behind?. I gathered a few things that reminded me of things kids played with or that where needed in that tiny house and attached them on the bottom. I then got stuck getting the roof to stay on....finally with some hints by Jen Crossley (holding my tongue to the right really helped Jen LOL) I got the roof on eventually and the little house that Annette built was made :o). House is 4cm tall, 3cm wide and sides are 1.5cm wide.

 On the back side under the door is a tin type photo of a boy and the keys to the house

 and under the other door is a tin type photo of a girl and a brass bird. He has a broken beak which I actually liked for some odd reason

On both sides there is tiny ice resined ,vintage children in tiny bezels.

 A closer look at the dangles. The frozen Charlotte doll is so small at 2,5cm long...I was worried I would break her if I tried to drill a hole in her so I "glued" her head into a bead cap with Ice Resin...she looks like a gumnut baby!!

I think I'll darken the wire that I used on the dangles with some black patina for solder but other then that I think its all done and ready to be worn.
Annette In Oz

Friday, November 2, 2012

Steampunk Adjustable Rings And A Card

I had my second shoulder operation this year a week and a half ago. Post op I struggled a bit for the first few days due to some swelling that was hindering my ability to do the Physio exercises. Once the swelling went down I have dedicated myself to the Physio exercises with in pain limits. I still can't get full range of movement yet but I think its slowly improving. Before this last operation I did allot of house work and also made a few things. My daughter Melissa comes home for a week on Saturday so yesterday I tidied the spare room which is also my art space and found a few things to share with you. First is a steam punkish birthday card for eldest daughter Carlia's boyfriend Cory.

Then I found two almost completed adjustable brass rings. They only needed a rivet to attach the top part to the ring which I did easily with my handy rivet/eyelet tool I got from Jen Crossley's shop. The left ring has a vintage typewriter key and the right a lovely metal rose embedded in Ice Resin.

I've also uncovered an almost complete 3D etched, metal, house necklace, my 3D metal house (etched but not put together) and three puffy hearts awaiting transformation...all a great inspiration to go do more Physio  exercises so I can get the strength back in my arm to get them done!!
Annette In Oz


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