here). Strangely enough, I really had to talk myself into doing it.. I'm not really a mermaid person. By the time I finished I ended up making 2 mermaid necklaces and I really felt like playing in the sea -- which eventually lead to this piece.
(Notice there are no mermaids in it... but I really like mermaids now! )
I did this great octopus necklace last year, so I really wanted to do something with a octopus again, but I hate to repeat myself. So I laid out a bunch of vintage bits and a bunch of sea themed brass and played for awhile on the layout. I finally came up with this rough idea:
I wanted the back piece for structure, but I didn't want it to take away from the front design, I also wanted more color to tie together the patina pieces.
I used both patina paints and alcohol inks on the back piece, and then sealed it. I also added another brass stamping to bridge the empty spot in the middle, to look like I open shell. It also increased the stability of the piece. I riveted everything together and a few places are reinforced with glue in spots. it's riveted up to 4 layers in places, which makes this piece very stable and solid. For all that, it's not heavy compared to it's size, as brass stampings are hollow and very light.
I really loved how this piece turned out.. it has vintage and modern stampings, vintage sewing machine pieces, vintage clock and watch parts and a vintage key.