Last year I marked the occasion with a tour of my Studio, but it really hasn't changed much since then (if you haven't visited before, Welcome! and click on the "Peruse The Studio" link at the top of the page if you do want to look around). What HAS changed recently is that I have learned how to add crafting videos to my very own YouTube Channel. They make it so much easier to demonstrate my work with the supplies I used and I hope is more entertaining for you too.
This week's project began after the tragic and sudden loss of a family member; all I could think about was how fleeting and precious Time is. So an idea began to simmer and I dove into a Steampunk-like sculpture featuring some vintage clock and watch parts I had on hand.
I began with a shadowbox I had picked up at Value Village a few weeks ago. It has a glass front, removable back and is made of unfinished wood. I decided I wanted my sculpture to be tactile, so I flipped the box around, chucked the back panel and made the glass the back. This way, my sculpture could break free of the box itself.
|Gathering supplies; some were used, some were not|
I needed a framework for the gears, so I first painted and then bent a long piece of aluminum wire in half, curved it into an interesting shape and secured it by running it through two holes in the box. Next I began the long process of attaching the clock and watch pieces with E6000 glue; just one at a time so they would set correctly. After they were in place, I snipped some areas of the armature away giving the piece the illusion of floating.
|I'm sure Tim Holtz would cringe seeing me use his Tonic snips this way... but they worked like a charm!|
|In place over my desk|
Done. I've named it "Unwound". I can stick my hand inside and rotate some of the gears or play with the clock and watch springs...
Now if only I could turn back Time for real...
Thank you so much Vicki, for all your incredibly hard work putting together another extremely successful Grow Your Blog Party! Be sure to visit at least some of the nearly 600 blogs participating this year... I'll just bet you find some amazing ideas and new bloggy friends along the way!