Monday, May 25, 2009

New Stuff & a Rare Sight

I've been playing with lifting patterns off this Victorian door lock. The lock is from our old Melbourne house. Actually I should clarify that it was destined for the front door of the house but never got re-plated before we sold the grand old 1880's girl. Just as well because I am quite fond of this lock. I've made (and re-made) a texture plate and am experimenting with different parts of the pattern as pendants and buttons. It's coming along but I'm not satisfied yet. I'm not sure if there is a satisfaction point on this. It seems that there endless ways to take a slice of the pattern.




Now this might no look clean or organized to you....but to me, this is a little slice of heaven. It is a rare glimpse of my studio bench with more than an 18 inch square useable work space. Late last week I had been reduced to about 10 inches square of free work space. Not joking. I measured. It was time to make a fairly major clean up. Now what you can't see is the behind the camera mess. Another day. I'm ready for a marathon button, pendant, pot making session this week. So by this time next week I am nearly certain this will be a changed space. But I thought that I ought to document, for the world to witness, that there was one time when I attempted to clean something.


Hope you've all enjoyed the weekend!


Cheers, LeAnn

14 comments:

Prairie Emporium said...

LeAnn, That is so cool, taking the pattern off the old door lock, I think the pendants you made look great and the colors too. Hope you had a nice weekend. Debbie

Lilla Jizo said...

They are really beautiful, LeAnn! Especially the one looking like a shield! There was a time when my artworks where very much medeival inspired, this shield speaks to me... it is like a link between now and then for me.

Marbella Designs said...

They're all lovely, I love them!

2ifbysea said...

Hi Leann! The new pieces are beautiful! Is the green one spoken for???

Cristi

Rosanne said...

Leann, those are wonderful! I think any pattern you pick off that lock would be great. I like the green one and the off centered one too. Space is a premium we just don't have enough of...lol.
If I had more I would just clutter it up.

Tammy and Rob said...

Fantastic job, they are so pretty!

sharon said...

I can't believe it took me so long to see this post, these are incredible!! If they are spoken for I would like to order the green shield shaped one and the off center is sooooo nice!! OMG. This is very exciting to me!! Just fantastic work LeAnn!!

SummersStudio said...

Thanks everyone! These really are just a start.

Sharon & Cristi, the green one was spoken for before I even put up a pic of it. It is part of something else I'm working on. But I'm making more of them this week and I'll let you both know. There is a funny story about that glaze. Maybe I will tell that one another time.

Katie said...

Love the new beads and the lock - I agree with Rosanne that just about any pattern from the lock would look super! I snagged one of the pendants for myself because it looked so great! :o) The green pendant is really neat, too - I can't wait to see more of them...

stregata said...

Fantastic, LeAnn! Wow - what a beautiful lock!! Don't wonder you wanted to hold on to it. The new pieces are stunning, I love them!
And I love that glimpse of your alchemist laboratory - where you make your magic come to life!

jan said...

Wonderful work!

SueBeads said...

Le Ann - I have to echo all the other opinions that these are just great! My first house was a late 1800's victorian, and when we worked on it, we really tried to stay true to the style everywhere from the stained glass windows to the furnishings, etc. I really miss that house (alas, one toilet doesn't work for four people) as I'm in a colonial box now and it just isn't as fun or interesting. I can't wait until you have these pieces in your shop!

Mellisa - Chinook Jewelry said...

I adore this! You lucky duck having it for a texture plate!

Silver Parrot said...

What an amazing object to have access to in order to further your art. I'm jealous!