Recently, I traveled to an art event/retreat with an small group of women. Even though there were only 12 of us, two swaps were offered for us to participate in. Exciting!! You say "swap" and I am all in!! The theme for the one that piqued my interest was to create a working clock blinged out according to the taste of our partner. Contacting my swap partner through email, I learned a lot about her. One sentence in particular clearly gave me a true picture of the direction her tastes ran in. "I like bling, but not a lot. I'm the kind of person that when people visit my home, they look around and ask, "why do you have that???" I translated that to read, "bring on da funk!"
And did I have fun with it!! With the wheels turning inside my head.. and with the excitement of creating something different... I knew exactly the direction I would take this! The result?
See for yourself!
I just love it! A funky working clock, with composition doll's hands, set upon a vintage tobacco tin complete with rolling wheels. I liked the concept of turning it into a pull toy!
A battery powered clock face, purchased at Michael's, that I recessed into a papier mache egg. Enhancing it with just a bit of bling, just like she asked for.
The composition doll hands were also set into the papier mache egg. And of course, neither hand was facing in the correct position. That's the beauty of funk!
As you can see from all the photos, I first glued down a layer of pages from a vintage spelling book. Then, I added bits and pieces of laces and trims, some embellished with tiny pearls. I just love the mix of soft with hard, don't you?
A touch.. not too much... of burlap, tulle, and vintage flowers enhanced with large pearl centers that I had glued on.
And the top was secured with a ribbon made from coffee-stained muslin. That way, when the battery died, my swap partner could untie the ribbon, detach the front from the back, and easily replace the old battery with a new one.
On the one hand, I placed a tiny tag made from a vintage french music card. On the back? I wrote, "Time flies when you're having fun!" The fun comes with the whole piece being attached to a tin with workable wheels!
Old rubber car wheels screwed into the sides. Embellished with nuts, screws and a hubcap-like thingie. Thank heavens for the sweet man at the hardware store guiding me on what pieces I needed in order to make it actually roll along. I will definitely be back again to seek his expertise as this project was so much fun I want to do more! I mean, seriously... using electric drills to drill holes in the metal?? Way cool!!! I am soooo lovin' da funk!!!
This project was literally completed at the 11th hour. Now you know why the pictures are grainy. A weary artist, I quickly documented every angle before tucking it into a box, leaving for the airport. Phew!! I know you all know what that's like at some point or another in your creative life! Tickled pink, and anxious to present this to my swap partner, I gently placed the box in the overhead bin and nestled into my seat. All the while feeling very contented knowing it was on its way to a good home!!
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