Compartment No. 6
Picked up from a vacation in Florida and treasured for the memories, the hope to go back and the possibilities they hold in creating.
I immediately made molds of them, as I do with just about everything, so I can always create clay items from them. I had the idea to press copper metal clay into them but that was before I learned I would need a kiln to fire them. So I created these out of polymer;
They are painted and sealed but ended up looking more like stone than wood pieces! Not sure what I am going to do with these yet, I can't keep calling everything "Ancient" something or other.
I would like to use the original driftwood pieces in jewelry but I am worried about how delicate they are. Would they take a wire-wrapped bail rubbing against a hole drilled in the tops? Can I set a long eyelet in them to protect the wood from the metal wear?
It would be neat to create a bezel setting for them, then brush them with resin (good life long resin like ice resin) to preserve and protect. Maybe I will do that instead of drilling into them.
I always admired those bracelets and necklaces that had huge shells, stones and sea glass set in bezels.
What a way to carry the sea with you!
Now if only I can rearrange my time so I can sit down with this idea!
Oh, if you are like me and do not live near the ocean or any water for that matter, but would still like to utilize driftwood in your work here are a few links that sell really nice pieces;