As a young squirrel, the first question Sydney would ask anyone he met was, “What’s your superpower?” So it came as no surprise to anyone when Sydney was recruited into the elite group, The Watchers of the Woodland. (You thought it was only owls, right?)
This ATC is Sydney’s first day of training as a Watcher. Red, the veteran training instructor, offered his first word of advice, “Watch the Tail!”
Next time you are hiking in the woods, and hear a squirrel chattering, you’ll know Sydney spotted you! ;-)
Stained glass and paper sculpture. The base is a piece from some of my favorite glass and there was an audible sigh of relief when I found there was still enough for the base. Went to the store in search of ‘tree’ glass and found this perfect textured glass whose pattern actually looks like bark. Cut the tree a bit short and then the branch and root. Cut a piece of ‘moss’ from green glass for the base of the trunk. Copper foiled all the pieces. Soldered the base and set it aside. Soldered the tree, branch, moss and root together. Placed the tree on top of the base and soldered the two together, giving it dimension. Working with glass this size, it’s impossible to get a lot of detail without compromising the integrity of the glass, so the squirrel and fox were cut from paper. Red the fox was popped as was Sydney’s face. I tucked his body and tail behind the tree branch.
As I had never worked with copper foil/soldering before, I learned so much! First tip – be sure to use no-lead solder as the ATC will be handled. With no-lead solder you need a lot of flux. Which leads to the second tip – make sure your glass is completely clean and dry before adding your paper details. Even if it seems like it didn’t, the flux does get behind the layered glass pieces. I used “The Solution” to clean the glass, dried with a Gleen cloth and then let it air dry a day or two. After that, I ran a piece of clean white paper behind the tree. If it came away with any flux, it was washed again and again until the paper was clean. I usually let them dry at least a day or two before testing again.
Date: Friday, August 2, 2013 GMT Views: 864
Registered: June 5, 2008 Location: Salt Lake City, UT Posts: 8223
Mon, Aug 05, 2013 @ 7:04 AM
Mary Ann, I always love the stories you give to your art. Aside from the level of technical difficult and flat out creativity, this one drops me to my knees. How you managed to cut such a realistic looking fox (and a small one at that) is beyond me. I mean, the **** to his head is spot on! And Sydney's expression is priceless.
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