OK. So I lied. I don’t have the video ready for you all today. I got involved in finishing things up and once again, I just ran out of time. By the time everything was done, it was after 9pm and not the time to start editing (I am not a great video editor and need all of my faculties in order to do so! 9pm after a long day just wasn’t the time to start!)
However . . .
I DID get all of my eight skeletons FINISHED and they are all jointed and ready to play with! And they really came out COOL (I think!) and I hope you all agree!
I started out by going to the store to get some maybe 1/2” or so jump rings. You know what those are – the little rings that they use for jewelry. I thought that would be the easiest and neatest way to connect these little guys and girls together.
So . . .
I get to the store near me and yes, they have them. But I look in the package and they want $2.69 for a package of TWO RINGS!!! (YIKES!!!) Since I needed 8 DOZEN of them for these eight fun creatures, it was simply out of the question!
On to “Plan B” . . .
I had some silver wire at home, but I thought it would be neater and easier to connect the joints using the links from some silver chain that they had there. That way most of the shaping would be done already and things would look nice and uniform. The chain wasn’t cheap either though ($9.95 per meter) and I figured by the size of the links I would need about 2.25 meters to complete all eight skeletons. So I went with that and wound up paying just over $25 for the chain.
When I got home, I was excited to see how this would work. I got my wire cutters and pliers and went to work on them. Much to my dismay, in order for the links to work properly, they had to be straightened and reshaped any way. Since the chain was cut to size, there was no taking it back for a refund, so I forged ahead using it.
The important thing is that it DID work nicely, but my thoughts were that I could have simply used the roll of 18 gauge silver wire that I had sitting on my shelf – and saved myself the extra $25. I suppose that was the price of the lesson that I learned for the day. I used the chain links on seven of the eight skeletons, but just for my own peace of mind (as I am going to recommend the 18 gauge wire in the instructions) I used the wire on the final pieces, and it worked perfectly. It was even faster because I didn’t have to straighten it out before bending it into shape as I did with the links. Another valuable lesson learned! (I get smarter every day!)
What counts though, is the final outcome. Are you ready??? Here are pictures of the group . . .
May I present – “The Neutral Colored Skeletons!”
These guys and girls are 24” tall! They are made of neutral colors (Grey, Brown, Rust and Black) and I used the corresponding colors of Metallic Lustre paste on them. You probably can’t see it in the pictures, but they have an amazing metallic shimmer in their corresponding colors. We are going for subtlety here folks – and I think that I have accomplished that!
Here’s a close up of “Ms. Silver and Mr. Brown.” You can see that they have wonderful sparkly bows on them! (You know I had to get some sparkles in there! I love the idea of add-on bows, and I would think that they will even look cool if I chose to make some RHINESTONE covered bows! :)
These guys and girls just kind of hang loose, with all their limbs dangling! They would look great on a porch or hanging near a door way, where they can dance and sway in the wind! So many fun possibilities!!!
But . . .
I am not finished yet -
Next, we have the Neon group:
What I did for these guys and girls was add some Earth magnets to the backs of them so they could stick on anything metal (my refrigerator here) I showed the whole thing so that you can get an idea of their actual size, which is about 18” each.
These are great because you can pose them any way you like. They also have wonderfully sparkly bow ties and head bows. Here’s Mr. Green:
And Ms. Orange:
The neon group are all coated with Campaign colored Metallic Lustre wax. I loved the light and subtle shimmer that it gave the bones without filling in the cracks of the crackle. This, in addition to leaving the backs and sides of the pieces the base coat bright neon color allows the base colors to show through with a suggestion of color, while unifying the four pieces by using the same top crackle coat (off white) and shimmer. They look like they just go together nicely!
They are loads of fun to play with and pose! and since the limbs are loose, they can be folded up gently for storage. Now of course, if one doesn’t want to joint them this way, they can always simply glue the pieces together. But I find this much more fun and dynamic.
Today’s goal is to first of all edit and post that video. It should be here for you all to see tomorrow, although as I say – it isn’t one of my academy award winning efforts. It does however teach the process, and that is what is important. I also need to write the instructions for this project, and unfortunately for me pack them up for their journey to New Jersey to be photographed for the magazine. After spending the last several days working on them, it is hard to let them go and send them on their way. I know that is part of the plan, but sometimes when I make things I just like to enjoy them for a little while before sending them off.
But they will meet up with my crow pulling the cart and then eventually they will all come back home to me here. It will be like Christmas having them back! :)
I hope you enjoy seeing these pieces. I also hope that they put a little smile on your face. I wanted them fun and enjoyable to make and I think I succeeded in that department. They were just as much fun to make as they are to look at! (The cats seem to enjoy them too!)
Did I go overboard here? I don’t think so! If someone wanted a plain skeleton, what would they need me for? I think that offering options is something that I need to do and enjoy doing very much. Anyone can easily use just part of the instructions that I am going to provide and take these pieces as far as they want. Perhaps they just want them in neon colors. Or just simply painted white. That is OK too – because what is important to me is that everyone does something that will make THEMSELVES happy! I am just offering some suggestions that they can follow or not. I am sure that many of you have your own ideas, too!
It is all about being creative and all about fun. We only have one lifetime to enjoy ourselves and I think being creative is one of the best ways to do so. I hope you agree!
I wish you all an incredible day today. I hope you have fun and find ways to make yourself and others smile. You will be amazed at how great it will make you feel!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"