While visiting Colorado (I wish I lived there.) I got to
poke around at the site of a long gone lumber mill.
I'm not sure yet what to do with the wonderful rusty pieces.
I'm thinking of scrubbing them with a wire brush to remove the loose bits...
and then trying patina...or what about firing some enamel
on them? Will that work? Who knows? Do you have any
input on that? I'd love to try it.
The rusty photos were taken with Hipstmatic on
my iPhone. I love the grungy look.
|These are some of my favorite pieces.|
And another new addition to my work bench is this great
piece of steel rail that belonged to my Dad. It doesn't have the curved
end of an anvil, but I'm still very happy to have it as I
think it will allow for some great pounding....to
remove frustration if nothing else.
Oh I think I forgot to mention that we also found some bones
in Colorado. I'm wondering if they can be sliced and
made into beads of sort. Anyone know?
Wouldn't it be fun to get them sliced up into disks
and soaked in something to add patina...etc....
And finally, here's some new work with some of my new stash.
Chunky Red Bamboo Coral Beads
These bamboo coral beads have been dyed red. They are large and chunky, but very smooth.
And between each chunky bead is a disk bead of the same material. Added for interest
and contrast is a huge, chunky, turquoise bead.
I'm trying to use up all my pre-made clasps, ear wires, etc. so I can begin using only hand made ones.
Here, I've used a planishing hammer on the clasp, sanded both the clasp & sterling beads to add
a brushed finish and then added patina with LOS.
|Finally, the Water Buffalo Teeth!|
The teeth have been strung with (what I believe to be) black coconut heishi beads. I've had them
for years & am not 100% certain about them. Also thrown into the mix is a very old brass bicone bead
...and I can't recall what that orangy, rusty colored one is. So there you have it!
I've also pounded, sanded and added patina to the clasp on this one.
|You used Animal Teeth on a necklace??!??|
Yes I did.