Happy Friday Dear Reader,
~ The moderators at "Artisan Whimsy" set forth a new challenge as a follow-up to October's 'Hooters' challenge. In November the theme is 'Leaves and Berries'.
It's a busy time of year between the holidays and craft shows but I knew I wanted to participate in this event. I signed up right away and began brain storming.
The house we are renting has a lot of big lovely trees surrounding it, so we have tons of leaves, needles, acorns and 'gumballs' from the Sweet Gums, Oaks, Pines and Maples in our yard. I have been fascinated by the acorns this year. I find myself picking them up all the time. I tried to make a polymer clay mold of an acorn cap a few weeks ago, but it didn't really capture the feeling I was looking for.
So, for this challenge I decided to incorporate the mighty oak and it's cute little acorn. I have been doing a lot of mixed medium work lately and this project is no exception. I really like incorporating different textures and items in an unusual way.
I started out by making an oak leaf pendant using polymer clay, I mixed a custom blend warm bronze using umber, pearl, crismson and a dash of kelly green. It was very pretty and warm, but not eye popping. I let that leaf it sit on my workbench for a day or two while I was prepping for my next show.
Yesterday it came to me, I grabbed one of my acorn caps from my hoard and let my imagination go crazy. I painted the cap, the leaf and a big acrylic bead with copper Swellagant [I LOVE that stuff]. I let it, dry applied other coats as required and then added Tiffany/Rust Patina. Time to let it sit... & sit & sit......fortunately I have a ton of projects going simultaneously. The patina was beautiful! I coated everything with 'Diamond Glaze' and waited again. Once cured I then 'drilled' a hole in the acorn cap, added my bead with a tiny copper rondelle and made it into a charm. I attached the leaf and acorn to some copper chain and added some coordinating sari ribbon. I am so tickled with the results.
Have a wonderful weekend,