We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Friday, 9 August 2013

Minty fish .....

I've got a few projects on the go at the moment, but nothing finished yet, so I thought I would show a couple of past projects which started with a mint tin.

Sometimes I'm given stuff with a "what can you do with that" - which happened with the mint tin.  So I came up with a project for the Ashtead Craft Club Saturday workshop using a frame or canvas.

The first project uses a shaped wooden frame.

The tin is wrapped with tissue tape and fixed to the side of the frame. The leaping fish are stamped and cut out of card that I painted beforehand.  There is a stamped image behind the glass, and painted seaweed on top of the glass, together with beads of Glossy Accents for bubbles.  The seahorse is made from a push mold and paper clay.

The second projects uses the tin fixed to a box canvas.

This time the tin is painted to co-ordinate with everything else.  The butterflies are cut from painted card, stamped with music, and then covered in Glossy Accents.  Each butterfly is wired, and fixed into blue-tac put at the bottom of the tin.  The words are stamped onto tissue and then applied to the canvas.

I like the way these tins give added dimension to a project.  So just take time to ponder before throwing anything away!

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