Blogtoberfest (Day 4)My dear friends treat me to a subscription to this magazine every year.
It has lots of eye-candy and this isssue has a good article by the lovely Deryn Mentock. Do hop over to her blog and have a squizz at her work - yummy! The article is called "Finding Your Creative Voice" and the accompanying pictures really struck a chord for me.
I fell in love with the idea of making some enamel birds of my own as I thought the ones Deryn used are just lovely. So I sketched up a reasonable shape, fished out a scrap of copper and set to with my trusty saw. Then it was time to add the enamel. I torch fired this piece twice - the second time I gave it an eye because I thought it needed a little definition.
Not sure how I will use it yet - probably as a focal for a necklace because it is not small and dainty but for a first attempt I am rather pleased with it even though it is more dove than swallow!
This one has far more swallow-like features. I am a complete sucker for red enamel so there was never any doubt about the colour for this one. My first attempt was a dismal failure as I used very thin copper and the enamel just kept popping off - ggrrr! I am persistent (some might say stubborn) and after a number of attempts to fix the munted one I finally conceded defeat and cut a new one from a heavier gauge metal. And this time it worked. Hopefully I will make these into something lovely real soon.