Monday, 17 May 2010

wey hey-two houses down! i can't remember if i told you that a friend of mine recently commissioned two small house charms for herself and her neighbour. they had lived together since they were little girls, and had both moved out to go to uni, so she thought it would be nice for each of them to have a house charm made, of their very own house! it took me a little while to get around to, as i wasn't sure how best to do it. but in the end i got a reminder, and with a week to the deadline imade a small base, with a 3-d roof, and drew in the detail.
long story short--it was rubbish. so instead i just hand-formed some house shapes, into the shape of the houses (bu-dum-chh) used the 3-d roof i'd made the first time round, (Plus another) and they came out looking great!! i decided to use the more traditional method of engraving into the fired silver, as it looks so much better, and is actually much easier! anyway, i decided that it would be great if the two charms could be linked in some way, so after an hour of filing, i realised it was going to work a lot better if i just hammered the pieces together, to shape the channel for the .......thing.....of the adjoining piece. i very much enjoyed this project when i (eventually!) got around to it. and i'm so glad that i didn't stick with my original plan, just to have something to hand over. mk II ended up ten times better than the first would have done!!

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