Wednesday, July 22, 2015

TBAI Gallery Piece 2015 – Elements

Transformations are my thing, but I think that is the nature of creativity. These very involved and detailed projects which I love to do are often comprised of many, many little projects. I have learned to go with the flow and forget about what each may involve. I have accepted that they are all part of the process.

These ribbons are my color scheme but they weren’t my intention at the start. I really didn’t have a plan.

On the other hand these coffee stirring sticks were part of my plan from the beginning. In fact, maybe I needed an excuse to use them and created this whole project on that basis!

It was a fairly straight forward process to turn them into a wood floor. Just the look I was going after and the fact that it turned out as planned was a nice bonus.  That hardly ever happens.

I turned this piece of steel wire to make a decorative hanger. It was an experiment that resulted in very sore fingers. I learned something. I’ll wear gloves next time.

Another transformation involved this small brass lantern. Loved the shape but the color was a bit too polished and shiny for my project.

First I painted it with a copper paint.

Then I used that magical solution that creates a copper patina. It takes a bit of time but eventually,

I got an effect like this:

And here you see the lantern on the lantern hanger.

Next up: the interior of the tree stump.  Yes, it was a tree stump.  I’m relieved that it was fairly easy for you to guess!

Until next time,



  1. I'm impressed in how you saw the potential in those coffee stirring sticks! They look great as a wood floor. I love seeing all the little things you find for these projects. Thanks for sharing!

    1. K. Joy,

      I'm pretty sure I'm not the originator of the flooring idea. I either saw it on a dollhouse blog or some other Internet place. If I'm lucky, I'll have something in my stash that will fit my current project whatever that happens to be. Thanks so much!



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