Here are a few of the pieces I worked on during my week off, the fruits of my vacation days from the day job. The time seemed to fly past, no pun intended.
I had several styles percolating at once sometimes. Some very ornate and period, like the victorian clock looking piece. And the HOTEL VICTORIA PISA medallion with its italian flavor.
The clock face is rounded, with the inscription "CAFE DE LA TOUR PARIS" around the rim. I wanted it to look like a mantle clock. There's another one, too, with the words "PASTIS MARSEILLE" on it.
Do you remember the clock that ran backward in the movie about Benjamin Button? This oversized pendant reminds me of that clock, on the wall at the train station.
Or like an decorative pocket watch that someone once carried, with an advertisement around the rim. Maybe a prize or award.
Who knows why I make these things, it's just whatever is on my mind I guess.
In contrast there's the industrial style looking piece, with rivets and lines, looking like a dial from some machine. And the words "MAKE ART" set inside. Not all ornate and decorative. Just simple round disk, with a hole at the top for a jump ring. Like a metal dog tag.
Both with resin, both with cast pewter bezels. Totally different styles.
Both a little industrial and slightly steampunk I guess. Maybe?
Here are some interesting things I learned this week.
Old burnt-out drill bits are dull and don't like to drill through pewter.
Brand new drill bits are sharp and if you hold things with your fingers you may hurt your thumb. (no worries, nothing serious, just a scratch)
Resin that's just-mixed is sticky so wear an apron or old clothes you don't mind having small dots drop onto and make a series of interesting crusty spots on your clothing
Don't forget to wear safety glasses when clipping jump rings, those wire ends go shooting out like bullets (no worries, I didn't hurt my eyes)
Watch out for the sanding wheel in the dremel and keep it away from fingernails or you may very quickly see that you have a very strange-looking manicure (I do, but they'll grow back)