Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The colors in these are quite subdued, not the normal showy stuff that I do in the fish mobiles. Also, I did not sand the finished pendants, leaving the option to the members of the guild to decide whether they wanted them shiny or not. I just buffed them a little on the surface, rather than the usual sanding with progressive grits of sandpaper and buffing to a high gloss. I like the subtle sheen and it is enough to make the 'reflection' part of the pendant noticeable. Some of the burl effect even looks like a goddess in some of the pendants.
As usual, I was under the 'gun' to get them done, as my days are very busy with visiting and participating in a couple of activities here under the sun. Having made these many times before, I was able to streamline the activity which is one of the advantages of participating in a swap. For the last ones I made as keepers, I completed those after last Saturday's meeting and do have to admit that I added a little more embellishment. In some, I hammered out some wire and placed it in the underlayer of burnished black. In others, I rolled the 'bail' part around a tube of metal to make it a little more mixed media. Of course no two are exactly alike, which I love.
The past few days have been cool and there was a lot of rain over the weekend. However yesterday was sunnier (but cool) and I finally tried using the UV curing magic glos that I have had for over a year. It's funny, sometimes I get stuff and have to use it right away. This product was one that I was saving on the back burner. I used the glos on a book cover and although the book is not completely done, I think I am going to continue using the medium. It is VERY shiny!
I guess it's a toss up as to whether my personal preferences are for shiny, matte, or high gloss.