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« on: July 09, 2011 10:17:58 AM »

Ok, this is my first submission, so I'm not sure what kind of info to give. I've always had a fondness for 3-D collage pieces so I decided to try one of my own. I wanted the piece to have an intimate feel, as if you had just stumbled upon this little world. Please excuse the cell-phone photography.

Exterior - I started with a small, unfinished wooden box. It originally had a cutout with a mesh insert. I removed the mesh for later use and painted the box with copper-colored paint and then mixed up some blue-green to create a verdigris patina effect. The top and bottom mantel pieces are actually a paint-stir stick cut in half. The home sweet home text is in a label plate painted gold.

Interior - the back wall is layered with some collage paper and a gold leaf-rubbed heart ornament. I then took the mesh insert, distressed it, and attached the word beads you & me, I aged the beads with some brown ink. The birds are layered scrapbook embellishments.

The nest This part was very experimental, trial & error and really messy. I made a paste using reindeer moss, bits of raffia and Elmers glue. I molded the paste into the bottom of a condiment bowl, using the back of a spoon. It was taking forever to dry (a few days, actually) so, once it could hold its form, I carefully popped it out so that the air could get to the bottom of it.

The egg I started with a raw egg, on which I drew the shape and size that I wanted removed, then scored it with a very sharp Exacto knife. The scored area comes out with a little coaxing, then I washed out the shell, made the hubby some scrambled eggs and painted the outside of the shell robins egg blue. I painted the inside and the edges gold. I cut the text paper to fit inside (used a piece of cork behind it to give dimension). Added some more moss, and nestled the jewelry charm inside (it started with a silver frame that I painted gold). 

Sorry to be so long-winded, and thanks for letting me share!


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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2011 11:14:55 AM »

that is really neat looking ! Smiley What type of egg did you use? it looks larger than a chicken's egg?
I love that you made scrambled eggs with it hehe. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2011 05:16:56 PM »

Thanks! It's actually a chicken egg. The entire piece only stands about 5 1/2" tall. I have a fascination with detailed, miniature things, which is kind of funny since I'm 6' tall!

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011 09:12:22 PM »

love this--what fabulous detail. the egg and the faux patina are my favorite parts!

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It's not a mistake. It's...um...a design feature.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011 07:55:50 AM »

Absolutely precious. Grin
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