Monday, January 6, 2014
Stringing Along and Concho Villa
To begin with, the strings I'd cut out before January 2 were of the wrong material! Wanting to depict the texture of deerskin (I'm pretty sure that's what they are), I had thought of using strips of very thin skiver.
And now for adventures in photography of Very Small metal objects. I wanted to show what I'm doing to refine, even more, these tiny handmade bits of Aluminum. What is the secret?
The second time around I thought of chamfering the UNDERSIDE of the inner edge, to make things easier for the lace.
Why is there only one hole, when real life clearly uses slotted conchos? And I did make some slotted ones... Ahh... you can't know how incredibly difficult they were to make, and how I kept breaking them. In about seven tries I'd made 3, and I had to give up! I decided that a single hole would work; otherwise not enough of the 'petals of the flower' would show. The expansion or squeeze-y capabilities of leather would hold the conchos in place.
Now what?!? The conchos must embrace the tree and hold the skirts down around it.
This shot (above) also shows how I've connected the fender straps. It's a bit bulky but I felt I had no other choice.
This time the tree fits!!
I'm aware that this is a rather unsatisfactory picture to end on, so I'm going to be daring and include another.
(Charcoal etch job by yours truly.)