Thrifting Thursday ~ Assemblage
Hello Friends~ Welcome to today's Thrifting Thursday post.
I thought I would try to explain a little about my process when I take those orphan earrings and bits and baubles and combine them into a unique, truly, absolutely 'one of a kind' piece.
It's really quite simple. The base was a polymer clay rectangle. I treated that part plus a re purposed shank button and a thrifted metal tear drop bead with Swellegant in copper and then patina. I layered on a filigree chocolate ox cross stamping from B'Sue Boutique and on top of that the shank button. All adhered using E6000.
So I wondered if people would be interested to see some of my process. The 'how-to' if you will.
I am not one to do puzzles, those 1000+ piece numbers give me a headache, but I would say that making one of these is akin to doing a puzzle. Looking at each piece and trying to determine if it's the right fit. If it's not, then where might it work in the assemblage.
I start with several trays of parts, bits and pieces and baubles.... all spread out before me on my work bench. I do keep them slightly separated by size and the newest parts, get priority.
Here you can see the large gunmetal piece on the left that I used as a base and several of the rhinestone parts.
These are my little drawer cabinets. This is where I keep all the little pieces in between creating. It also houses, my metal stampings from B'Sue Boutique , vintage bits, rhinestones, buttons, charms and everything else.
Then I start.....by sorting... like with like, or color by color, shape with shape or theme by theme depending on my mood and what is on the trays. Here is a pile of rhinestone-y, crystal bits.
I always use some type of base, whether polymer clay, a metal disc, or in this case the huge, flat, gunmetal gray, filigree, orphan earring.
Then, it's a matter of moving the pieces all around till I am pleased with the look. Sometimes it falls together quickly and other times it takes a few try's on multiple days. Once I am satisfied, I usually snap a quick photo for reference if I have to stop mid way since glueing is a step by step process.
Then I start from the bottom up, layering and glueing. I clamp with old school clothes pins to make sure the glue sets where I want it to, because the layers are uneven, it can sometimes be a challenge to get the parts to lay right and stay put.
I generally use E6000 for gluing. I think it works best. I do also occasionally use tacky glue for some faux rhinestones because the E6000 can affect the backing.
Here is the final incarnation of the rhinestone piece. As is often the case when I make assemblages~ I had no idea when I started that it would end like this....I was so sure I would use that curved rhinestone bar and had no idea that I would add the orphan earring that became the center dangle. It's always a happy accident when these are in production. I think that is one of the things I like most about it.
I am pleased with the result and I think this will make a very cool statement pendant.
Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your time.
I hope this showed a bit of my crazy creative process for turning one person's thrift into a real treasure.