You might remember a good wee while ago I made Mossycoat.
You probably also remember that I wasn’t quite happy with what I made?
Well I made her again!
And she is awesome!
So, I thought I’d share with ya’ll how I made her (if you need to refresh your memory of part 1, visit this blog post).
Draw the pendant piece circles, which are a little larger than last time, and slightly thicker. The pendant needs to be a little heavier because the weight of the beads made the other one not sit quite right.
Saw out circles (I’ve kept the insides in because I used this opportunity to etch a sample for a Faery Wings piece).
Paint on etching fluid.
Scrape away etching fluid into awesome mossy pattern!
With the nitric acid way of etching, you need to constantly keep watch over it, and carefully wipe away air bubbles with a brush every minute or so to achieve an even etch.
This etch was quite deep, so was left in for about 20minutes.
Saw out inner circle.
Drill holes all the way around the outside and inside circles and clean up.
The discs where then sealed up in a bag and put to the side while I made the mossy pebbles (which will replace the little etched pieces of brass in the beaded chain).
Cut out nine rough pebble-like shapes.
Now the soft metal can be formed.
I use the traditional way because the metal takes up a rough shape and it gets dented and marked with the little imperfections in the hammer and the texture of the sandbag which is perfect for a natural look….. and hammering metal into shape is intensely satisfying!
Clean up and smooth the edges.
Punch holes all the way around the edges.
And clean up.
Paint with etching fluid on both sides.
Etch! They are supposed to look like pebbles with moss growing over them.
Fire clean up pebbles to get rid of any excess etching fluid and give the brass an oxidised colour.
Rub back with sandpaper and steel wool to achieve a rough patina… like a pebble!
Seal pebbles in a bag and place to the side.
Now comes another disc shape (this one is replacing the jagged crown).
Fire metal with a variety of patinas, as well as a little silver solder, to create a mossy colour and texture.
Draw circle shapes.
Saw out circles.
Drill holes around both edges and clean up back.
With all the metal elements complete it’s time to move onto the stitching!
First, melt little segments of the silk organza to create a torn texture.
Collect, clean and dry out moss.
Sew moss into pebbles with golden thread.
Sew moss between two slivers of heat-altered organza and sandwich between the brass discs with golden thread.
Stitch golden thread around mossy disc, covering the back with golden thread.
Lay out design. Cut out old metal elements, until only the beading remains.
Re-stitch various new elements into existing beading.
And……… you’ll just have to wait for the next post to see how it turned out :)