I told you awhile ago about my friend Michelle Mach's "Mostly Metal Challenge." Well, today is the much-anticipated reveal day, at least much anticipated for all of us who are doing the challenge, because Michelle, the sneaky pants, didn't even tell us who else was playing! So the whole reveal is a huge surprise for all of us.
Here's what I got in my filigree kit:
I am proud to say that I was able to use almost everything, although not all in their original forms. Two things that I've had to set aside for different projects are the strand of blue nuggets and the floral bead cap at the top of the metal pieces. How did I change them? I dowsed them in an ammonia and salt patina bath to get rid of the shine! I'll write up instructions soon for how to do that without burning out your sinuses ;-)
Anyway, I decided to use the pieces to make a fabric cuff in a style that is a bit different from my usual. I've got some photos on Mixed Media Artist that show how my version goes together, but your best bet is to get the July/August 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors and read Teresa Stanton's brilliant article called "Wearable Art Cuff."
Here is a list of all the participants in the Mostly Metal Challenge...I plan to visit them all! People without a blog will have something posted on Michelle's blog that day.
Antique Brass Romantic
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Beautiful you. Hope all is well. xox jean
Thanks for joining the challenge!
I hopped to some of the other participants and will check the rest tomorrow.
I love yours, Cyndi!
Do you know about using a chopped up hard boiled egg instead of liver of sulfur for aging or giving a patina to metal?
I just read about it and can't wait to give it a try.