Anyway, what this post is really about are some projects that have been in the works for some time now. When I was in Wisconsin for Christmas, my Dad gave me these bits of scrap metal from a job he did at work. He said, "They look like peacock feathers, don't they?"
Why yes they do! Well, at least to me.......
So, I started to design some metal peacocks to which I could rivet these scraps to. I had the idea to do a series of 4 of them, since I had dreamed up 4 "poses" that a peacock could be in. So far, I have 2 completed. I have been drawing the bodies first on paper, and then tracing them onto the copper and cutting them out. I then etch a design onto them - in the case of this first one, I mirrored the pattern from the metal scraps onto the back for a cohesive look. I am thinking this one would make a nice pin.
This forward facing one turned into a necklace. A bit feminine, a bit industrial. Definitely a conversation piece.
In the end, the backside of this one did not look so pretty so I cut out another piece of copper, etched a border onto it, and stamped my initials into it.
These metal scraps are quite difficult to work with, and were the cause of an injury a few weeks ago. I forget what my Dad said they were made out of, but they are a very hard metal to drill through. Plus, the area that I need to drill through is very skinny so that makes it even more of a pain. At any rate, I broke a few drill bits in the process - one of which smashed into my thumbnail. Ouch!!! Luckily, that has grown out now and I have feeling back in my thumb. Ahhhh, the sacrifices I make for my jewelry! Hee. Hee.