Blast from the Past. Created this years ago, still love it! Hand hammered on a stump with a ball peen hammer. This is Ms Kitty. Created from a reclaimed copper gutter. Riveted together with aluminum rivets. It's almost 4 ft by 4ft. Hangs in my living room. I love the patina on it. Has a steampunk style heart, key in one tentacle and a pocket watch dangling from the right side tentacle.
When I say my work is handcrafted, I really mean it. Every single part of the hand drawn original design is hand cut, shaped, filed, engraved, hammered and polished. I start with flat sheet in silver and copper to create this pendant. A lot of the process is sped up to shorten the video. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to ask any questions you might have about the tools I use or the making process.
When I first started working with coin jewelry I called my business Centsations. I now just use LoraLeeArtist to cover any medium I work with. This sculpture was my Survivors Heart. I am thrilled that it now hangs in the home of an amazing woman. A survivor in her own right. Life is beautiful. Recycling is Beautiful!
So every time I start thinking about how maybe I should just quit all this nonsense and do something “useful”. I look back at where I was 5 years ago. I look at the custom work I created for people and I remember why I do what I do. Why I work non stop every single day. Why I wear my body out physically to create just one hand hammered piece. Why I continue to push and learn new techniques to better my skills and creations. I remember that I have a passion. I have a love for life that needs to be shared. And in sharing that passion, maybe, just maybe it will inspire one other person to keep following their dreams.
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