OK, so my manager's resigning to start a baking business. And so of course I get her for secret santa ($10). And I spend my cash on vodka to infuse - as always. But I actually got through her farewell parties without crafting anything, and felt guilty.
So during her farewell party, our Assoc.Director made a top 10 list of things to miss at work, one of which being our boss' 40 page handwritten faxes from Japan. (He's an un-tech, old-school University Professor so when he goes abroad we fax him his emails and he faxes us back 20-40 pages of really bad handwriting response. Yes, it's cumbersome, but he's a sweetheart and worth it.)
So I decided that she shouldn't be bereft of fax.
So here's the pendant, on top of the fax I made it out of.
Here's a close-up, you can sort of see his handwriting in the rose
Here's a really good shot of his handwriting:
You can kind of see it says "letters to Forbes"
We were recycling old stationary in the fax machine, so this got printed out on good quality bond paper, which made it perfect! I painted the handwritten portions with Lumiere, and just went for a darker acrylic wash on the backs.
The rose is from this tutorial I found on Craftster: http://craftershock.com/blog/2008/11/13/tutorial-paper-flower-table-setting/
The 'leaves' are just quilled spirals - I tried to make separate leaves and stick them on, but they got crumpled and gross, and I was strapped for time.
I made the bail out of some spare copper wire - the 'chain' is embroidery floss which I crimped into a bronze-colored clasp. Also - ran out of time.
Everything here is mod-podged to death, so it won't survive a bathtub, but should survive a rainstorm. It's pretty sturdy.
People say I should sell these. Dunno who wants a pendant with my boss' handwriting out of it, but I really do like how this turned out.
Ideas? Opinions? Can you read the handwriting?