Friday, October 19, 2012

A Fabulous Friday Feeling

I'm not rushing this one.  I rushed the last one and at the last crucial moment the delicate leg of my stag melted.  It curled up and began to liquify into a stubby ball.  A good two days of worth of work, ruined.    But you know, I knew there was something not quite right about the design.  Some of the thicknesses lacked gravitas.  Edges of the composition were not 'singing'.

I dusted myself off, turned up the volume on my music and decided determinedly that the next one was going to be better, more beautiful, it would 'sing'.

Here is where I got to by the end of today:

Into The Wild - components, October 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
I feel like I am weaving some kind of magic here.  Creating a miniature world full of wild and wonderful things.

Into The Wild, components, October 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
As I carefully test these pieces and the small structures that are hidden beneath each piece, I remember that I have done this before.  As a child I would take empty matchboxes and create tiny little 3D scenes not that dissimilar to these ones I am now rendering from honeyed copper and moonlit silver.

Into The Wild - test assembly, October 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
Every now and again, I stop in my filing and sanding and cutting and put all the little pieces in and smile as this tiny little world begins to take shape.

Into The Wild - test assembly, October 2012, Cari-Jane Hakes
The soldering, well, the soldering will have to happen sometime.  But not today.

Bon Weekend mes amis - here's hoping you get to assemble a little magic of your own.


  1. Stunning. Mrs L x

  2. Very nice idea Cari-jane... yep soldering can be beautifully tricky sometimes, I enjoyed the challege... I remember it well. I hope one day to be able to use my workshop again... I miss it. Enjoy the magic!

  3. How incredible! IS it going to be a piece of jewelry when you're done? Good for you for not giving up... You remind me of myself when I first got back into making pasta! "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again", right?

    Be sure to show us the finished product...

  4. Thank you Mrs L, as always, I'm so pleased to see you round these parts!

    And yes, Greenorchid, it is some kind of magic. I was watching a video with a jeweller and he said just these words 'people don't really need jewellery, but they do need magic'.

    Thank you Style D. Making pasta is something I have NEVER done. I imagine it requires patience and a deft hand. I do believe Mrs L. is a dab hand at it!


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