A vendor in Taxco, Mexico was selling these Mermaid and Angel ornaments and they seemed to belong to these frames. I am not sure how I will mount them yet; most likely I will construct a little box to attach to the back of the frame. The frames have pages from a Nautical book I bought at Goodwill. They will be covered with tempered glass.
I am trying to learn to sculpt. I was in Duluth, Mn last summer with two good friends and there was a shop with ship figureheads and they intrigued me. So, I scrunched up some tin foil armature and started to make a Mermaid with polymer clay. She is going to have reddish-orange hair and luminous green scales. Then I have to find a place for her!
First attempt at a ship figurehead; I think I will finish her with long black locks.
This piece will be a mirror. It has a thrift shop frame and alot of bling and beads (covered by the green masking tape.) I finished grouting the top, mixing my own burnt umber recipe for the grout color. My intention was to bead up the bottom half but, it competed with the top so, I will be tempered glass-ing the bottom half too. I gave some copper foil an oxidized look with acrylic paint for the bottom half as well. When I went to get another safety glass window at the salvage shop, I bought an '88 van window for $4 (forgot the make) and it was too tinted. I am stuck until I get a different piece of glass. The crown is polymer clay and the embellishments are jewelry and glass I cut. Bead caps line the outer rim.
More little tempered glass shrines in progress. The frames are rimmed with millefiori and the shrines boxes are Altoid tins. I use Apoxie Sculpt or Magic Sculpt to adhere alot of things. Including the shell at the top of the following frame.
An added note: Some people thought that the prayer to plaid in my 4/3/2011 post was a real prayer. It wasn't. I combed the Old Testament for verbage ideas and I wrote it myself. I am not a Biblical Scholar but, I don't believe plaid existed before Christ. And of course, once Jesus got here, the development of plaid was a natural sequelae.