Yay, after building this as a draft for weeks, it's finally done! If I would have made this out of leather, it would have been done months ago. This became an issue of scope creep, that is, the project just kept growing more and more out of my hands. At first, Jeff was going to … Continue reading The long awaited completion of the Alligator Coronet
I was debating if I should post this one, or not. *watches as the internet gets popcorn* First and foremost, I am not unaware of my attitude problems, so this is not any way to raise me up above the rest, but rather a reminder for myself, and everybody else, to remember some core values … Continue reading Remember the human: don’t be that guy at A&S classes and displays.
So, I don't have a ton of pictures of this, mostly just the end result. The total was 3 floats of highlights, then the embellishments, inscription, shell gold, and border. Total amount of time on this one board: 15 hours. A "light" amount of work. @_@ Use of a pattern doesn't necessarily mean a copy, … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 6: Completion
So. Part of blogging a process as you go along means it's harder to hide mistakes. Mistakes are a natural process of life, and as such, I hate them. But, as part of a learning process, I'm not sugar coating this post. I made some booboos, and learned that Florida humidity is unkind to the … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 3: Gilding
This post shows you the deepest darkest secret of iconography: the patterning process. This is tongue in cheek for obvious reasons. Why? No, really. While many iconographers draw their own images, the vast majority of them are made from patterns that have existed since the Middle Ages or Early-Modern period. You can go on Amazon … Continue reading Icon-a-long with Anna 2: Patterns and Bole
[Yes, the woman who named her site after a VNV Nation song just dropped a Wu Tang reference. Not even sorry.] My husband has a huge head and a normal neck. Those of us who sew know what this means, it means a gaping maw of a neckline that shows off the Norman's delicate ginger … Continue reading “Protect ya neck!” Or, how Anna learned to hide Gieffrei’s delicate collarbones.
No, really. Somehow, it ended up in a box of our holiday decorations because that's how military packers and movers roll. We aren't pros, we have a basic know-how of the art thanks to a couple classes at Pennsic, and dropped a few hundred dollars on supplies because it sounded like a good idea at … Continue reading So, we remembered we had an enameling kit…