Sunday, March 29, 2009

Make It Mondays - Found Objects

This past week's Make It Mondays theme was Found Objects, which comes right after my adventure last weekend photographing and collecting random rusty things in Walker's Point. Yesterday I took a workshop in Resin Jewelry at UW-Milwaukee's Studio Arts & Craft Centre and got to use of some of my growing beer bottle cap collection (right side of photo above - top four caps use images from the Ten Two Studios rounds sheets). Does it count as a found object now that family and friends just hand me bottle caps?
2009_365_070 Miller Town
I've made bottle cap charms before using Diamond Glaze to seal them, but had been nervous about using the two-part epoxy resin because I had heard if you didn't mix your ratio of resin and hardener correctly, you just ended up with a sticky mess. So getting to play in a workshop overseen by someone who actually knew what he was doing was a lot of fun! SACC provided all the materials for us to use, including the resin jewelry molds shown above and lots of beads, doodads and findings.

Here's our fearless instructor Ben (left, in the act of encasing some cicadas in resin) and my art buddy Gary (right, a found object aficionado).
IMG_6507 Our instructor BenIMG_6508 Gary hard at work
Last October, Gary and I took workshops with Michael deMeng at the Raevn's Nest Art Retreat in Cedarburg, WI. (This is a segue, in case you were wondering.) And I'm FINALLY finishing the Morpheus Box that I started then.
2009_365_084 Morpheus Box nearing completion
Found objects incorporated into this include rusted metal and broken glass from my sister's farm; the burnt stick shift knob on top (found in the fire pit where we used to live); and a broken pair of spectacles (found in a parking lot?). The vintage photos are from my personal collection gathered over the past fifteen years (the source of my screenname "vintagepix").

Last week I got everything wired together, and this week I need to figure out finishing touches on the exterior of the box, attach the turning knob(s) and decide whether this will stand on feet or hang on the wall. What do you think I should do?


Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn, I really like your blog (got here by following the link from your comment) and your lovely Etsy shop! I love your Morpheus box too. The eye reminds me of those Turkish evil eye good luck charms.

We're finally getting some warm (well, above freezing) weather in Finland. I hope you're thawing out in Wisconsin too :)


vintagepix said...

Thanks for stopping by, Michele! :D I found tulips coming up in the backyard this weekend. Of corse we had 2-3 inches of snow as well, but fortunately the sun cleared the driveway so I just need to scrape the front walk!

juanita de la vega said...

Hello! You're right!, I misunderstood! I will make up for it correcting the post. My head in these days is elsewere: today our son's fianceè is graduating and we are waiting for news. Our son is going to graduate next Friday so I am really excited at the event! No wonder I think one thing a do another!

Chrisy said...

ooh that assemblage is fabulous...i'd hang it on the that the glasses are at eye height...and the resin...yes i've dabbled in this...and now..thanks for family have hundreds of bottle tops...i seemed to start off well but then found things weren't setting hard so maybe i got a bit slack in the measuring...and of course i then try to repair the pieces by putting some more resin on top...until...well a gooey mess...and frustration!

vintagepix said...

@juanita - Congratulations to your son! and no problem about the confusion! I just wanted to make sure the right site got credit :D And if you do one of the weekly challenges, you can post a link to your blog post about it on the Make It Mondays blog post
@Chrisy - thanks! I'm still waffling back & forth on wall vs. standing :D and thank heavens my resin set properly - not everyone's did!

Terri Kahrs said...

Love, Love, LOVE the assemblage, Carolyn! Am still "on vacation", but had to check in to see what you've been up to! You didn't disappoint! Hugs!

vintagepix said...

Thanks, Terri - hope you are having good weather and fun!

Cathy Mendola said...

LOVE the assemblage. Left you a comment on it in flickr as well.
Your blog is wonderful and I'd like to give you a Kreativ Blogger Award.
Just go to my blog and copy it, then
pass it around to others you find creative!
Great work!

vintagepix said...

Thanks, Cathy!

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