I did my first craft show at the weekend at the Moat House Hotel, which was fun. I don't have a lot of time to attend these sort of events though, so I doubt I'll be lining a lot up. I've also done a small commission for a copper pine cone.
I've always been interested in mythical creatures, and there's none much more beautiful than a phoenix, which I have tried to recreate in copper. This sculpture would be at home either inside or outside. nestled on a fence or wall. Hopefully sculpted in copper as it is, this bird will live as long as its muse.
While my mainstay seems to be copper flowers, I sometimes just make something for the sake of it, without much thought for design or aesthetics, in other words, things that are not a 'polished' product, meaning they end up a little rough around the edges. My latest creation, a Star Wars homage, in the shape of a streampunk stormtrooper head is one such item.
I've recently been experimenting with bird sculptures. They are all individually made by hand, the components cut without any templates, so no two would ever be the same. If you know anyone who likes birds or if you like them yourself, then they would make an ideal gift and you can find various ones for sale in my shop.
I wanted to give some idea of how much work goes into making a dragonfly, and nothing does that better than photographs.
So we start with the basic materials that I have cut (this isn't all the components that make a dragonfly, and the other parts are petals for flowers)
Next comes assembling the body parts, which are brazed together:
Then a thorax and tail has to be added:
Now come the wings:
Then holes are drilled into the thorax and the legs added. This is a complicated part, because if too much direct heat is applied, the braze holding the wings in place will melt, and they will fall off!
Now a part is added that eyes can be fixed to later.
Now they have to be cleaned:
Once they are clean, then I shape the legs before colouring the dragonflies with heat. No two ever turn out the same, which makes each one unique:
And finally I add the eyes, then lacquer them. Now the dragonfly formation is complete, and they are ready to fly to their new homes:
Really pleased to announce that anyone in the Bournemouth area can purchase some of my sculptures from Makers Inc, which is a wonderful looking shop that stocks crafts from various artists:
I posed a question on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/DeshcaDesigns/867166399965088?), asking for ideas for other flowers for the home or garden that I could make with copper. Four people responded with the following: daffodils, foxgloves, lotus flower and gerberas. I have made all four with varying degrees of success, so I'll post them here. Any comments are most welcome.
Today I was experimenting making more flowers. I think they are my favourite things to make. There are so many varieties, in so many shapes and colours. Nature is wonderful.