Alrighty, this might be it... this might be the day that I have totally fallen off my creative rocker. I can't wait to hear your opinions on the subject.
To the right here, you are looking at a design that I haven't been able to get out of my head for about 3 weeks now. It is a pin/broach. It was inspired by a hairband that I saw in the book "Complete Feltmaking". I wish I could show you a picture of the project that was the inspiration because the two don't look like they could possibly be related. The thing I took from the project was the two layers of felt that are built up behind my glass bead.
That disc is HUGE and I know I have said it before about other discs, but truly, this is the biggest disc I have ever made!! It is GIGANTIC! Truly!! The pin itself is about the size of the palm of my hand. It is entirely hand made. The wire you see it 18g sterling silver. I make the latch on the back, then fish it through the felt and bead, make a big loop by feeding the wire back through... then bend it this way and that... make the loop, file the end and ta da... pin. And the 18g is surprisingly strong. It held up great to being pushed through denim.
I know I am jumping all around but... back to the felt. I said this was entirely hand made... and YES, I made the felt. I bought dyed roving (unspun wool) on etsy, pulled it and layered it, made a huge fun mess "hand felting" it and then set it out over night to dry. It is easy to do, just time consuming. I spent about two hours last night making 2 8x12 pieces of felt. One piece is dark purple on one side and light purple on the other. The second piece is dark red on one and burnt orange on the other.
Alrighty, have at it... click that comment button below. Tell me your thoughts on the new design. Are they just too weird? Are they freaking awesome and you have to have one? Are they too old lady? Are they stylish, young and contemporary? An insecure artist mind wants to know!!