One night while browsing Etsy I discovered that you can get filigree blanks that are much larger than what I normally work with. I simply HAD to have them. I got a nice shipment of various shapes and then went to town with my Gilder’s Paste. This is a waxy kind of goo that you dab on to metals and burnish off, and it helps drab pieces turn into dynamic, colored WOW:
I had SO much fun with these. As you know, colour is what floats my boat so figuring out what works was super delightful.
And then… I was stuck. I wanted them to be part of my steampunk-y assemblage pieces but when I started pairing them up with my regular bits, nothing was working!! I tried keys and gears and hammered wire and rusty things and patina’ed metal and so many other things I can’t even remember them all. NOTHING was working. They sat on my bench for two weeks!
Seriously, it was awful. Look at this mess:
Somehow, one day I found the answer, and it was this: Bling!
Suddenly it all started coming together…
and that meant it was time to add wire! And much like everything I do… they instantly became my new favourite :D
Are these not totally fabulous??
I’m also really pleased to have found a new type of chain for my non-silver pendants:
My bellydancer friends tell me these will work well in the Tribal Fusion community. Now I’m looking for a way to get them to see!