My friend, Deryn Mentock, had a grand idea. Twelve artists should make Christmas ornaments for each other and send them to be opened on one of the 12 days of Christmas. With Deryn as the hostess of the swap, that is exactly what we have planned and when Somerset Studio found out, they published an article about it. Check out the great pictures of our ornaments in the current Nov/Dec 2007 issue, p62 - 65.
Of course, my ornament (pictured above) is a nontraditional one - think Weird! I was eager to try my hand at manipulating a piece of silverware so this swap was my first opportunity. I used a butane torch (not really hot enough so I won't be doing it with that kind of torch again.) and worked and worked to quickly get a coil in the fork tines before they cooled off too much to bend. I eventually managed but I recommend a hotter torch -- like mapp gas or something.
After I got the "hair" done, it was simply a matter of arranging and attaching the elements of the body with cold connections. Can you find the tiny screws holding the wings on? The legs, as you can tell, are skeleton keys with chain wrapped around them. I used teeny tiny nuts, screws, bolts and itty bitty brads as well as jump rings to connect everything except the vintage typewriter key "face." That I merely glued onto the fork. I even used a brad to attach the bow in her hair!
Several of the artists have posted more information about their ornaments on their blogs. For example, Kelly Snelling has a wonderful full explanation of the motivation and techniques she used to make her prayer pillow. (picture of front of pillow below.) You might notice that in the article you only get to see the back of Kelly's ornament pillow. Now that the article is out, more of the artists will probably make blog posts about their ornament.
The artists who participated are: