Wasn’t planning to do a fishy ATC but after spotting this beautiful glass at the store, I changed my mind.
Cut the base to ATC size then cut it two more times for a wavy look. Copper foiled each piece, then soldered all three pieces together to re-form the base. Cleaned using same process as described before.
Cut the unknown species of plant – which was supposed to be kelp but after searching images of kelp found out I was way off – lol. Cut each piece, copper foiled and soldered. Cleaned each piece using same process as described before.
Then I laid out the 6 plant pieces on the base and arranged where I wanted them. The tricky part was keeping them in place so I could solder them onto the base. Glass on glass = slippery! Much trial and error. I finally placed one piece on the base, leaving the base sit flat on the work table and quickly tacked it down with solder. (Hold it in place while soldering with a horseshoe nail – it gets hot! ) I did this with the other 5 pieces and once all were tacked down, I then soldered them properly. Tip – when adding more solder to finish, I held the ATC upside down. Be careful your plants don’t slip when working the solder.
All that was left was adding the tinned copper wire. I twisted it, added beads, then soldered each end down (Just like the seagull ATC). Cleaned, dried with a Gleen cloth, then let air dry a few days.
Meanwhile, I pieced the fanciful fish using Canson Mi-Teintes. I wanted it colorful so I cut each scale a different color. I was inspired by some wallpaper I saw. Sketch the general fish form (this will be completely covered so perfection is not necessary), add the long fins, then starting at the tail, cut and form the pieces, layering them atop each other as you go along the body up to the head.
So much fin, I mean fun!
Date: Friday, August 2, 2013 GMT Views: 1450
Registered: February 5, 2007 Location: St. Louis, MO Posts: 64472
Fri, Aug 02, 2013 @ 12:53 PM
OH MY, Mary Ann...this is BEYOND fabulous. Your work truly astounds me with its beauty and creativity. Looks like a "wind bag"(don't know a better word for it) that I once had from a Japanese Festival. You captured movement in the air or water. WOW!!
Registered: June 5, 2008 Location: Salt Lake City, UT Posts: 8394
Mon, Aug 05, 2013 @ 7:00 AM
No surprise here. I would imagine the small size worked against you here with all those bitty pieces but from where I'm sitting, it was worth the effort. I love all the bright colors and the whole scene is just amazing. One of a kind art.
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