|the old cabin|
|My favorite view in all this world ...from the cabin porch swing|
It has been many years now since I was last there. It used to be an annual two week stay when my mother was living nearby. Over a decade ago she sold her home and has been living with me, my sister, and now me again. Her health and my care-giving will not allow for travel. So, I travel in my mind to this haven of peace and regeneration.
Recently, I took into my head to honor both the cabin and Amanda with a soldered pendant. My first effort at soldering leaves much to be desired, but I am making the best of it, as is. After all, there is a sense of acceptance in shabby chic style, and the cabin exemplified that. I was in too much of a hurry to play to take photos throughout this project, but it was easy to do. I had the scanned ancient photos of the cabin and of Amanda on the computer, and scaled them to fit in between two glass slides from Micheal's craft store. Making sure that the glass was thoroughly clean, I placed the trimmed photos back-to-back between the glass. Then, I used copper foil tape (Micheal's) around the outer edges. It needs to be pressed down smoothly with a burnishing tool to avoid any lifting or seeping of solder into the frame. Now the fun begins! I am no solder expert, and encourage anyone interested to search out good videos on the internet to learn this skill. I fluxed the foil and then applied solder to it's surface until it was coated. Then, I fumbled, wishing for a few more hands, until I managed to add the rings to the top and bottom edges. I will not lie, I ruined the tip of my soldering iron, and had to re-do the piece a few times before it was acceptable. Now, I am playing with making chain and beads of old buttons, rhinestones, glass beads, and old nylon curtain cord that I had dyed the perfect shade years back. I love it when I can use old things I have lying about. I am making the chain of galvanized steel. It has a tendency to rust, so it's aging will be interesting. I do plan to coat it with a sealant when the piece is finished. Not in this photo is an old key from the old cabin that is sitting in some salted ammonia to age it with patina. This necklace has a way to go yet, but I will keep y'all posted!