I need a stylistic flower for my bird.
So I drew out a couple of petal forms and eventually I tried this shape.
A domed petal bottom thingy and I thought about eight petals that I wanted to make an opaque sort of plique a jour.
I want the flower to be able to open and then inside is a piece of jewellery.
Anyway, it turned out looking like a dogs breakfast so I scrapped that road.
Instead of the brass bottom, I cut out six more of my petal shapes.
So I figured that maybe I can sort of make them open like one of those slo mo national geographic movies on flowers.
A trick I use when I saw from a printed design on paper.
I glue the paper down with contact adhesive and then when it’s dry I cover it with oil.
Then I wipe it dry.
The paper absorbs the oil and then it lubricates the blade permanently.
Makes a blade last until it’s blunt.
I wasn’t really happy.
It was to much Tulip-ish, and besides which, I didn't want to go the “ this looks like a flower” route.
So, against my better judgment, I chose some colours for plique-a-jour .
Even there I though it looked kak.
Too cutsie and to costume jeweller-ish
I did three different colours and then I decided to scrap all of it and start again.
Don’t worry about the holes in the enamel, I simply fired it only once and then got gatvol.
First I made a paper model
I always make a paper model first because cutting paper is much easier than cutting metal.
Trust me, even I have worked this one out.
I make a brass frame work .
So now it looks like this.
I like it so far.