Tracy Moore's metal journal workshop was just as fun as I thought it would be. I was a little overwhelmed...my brain felt like it was going to explode the entire day...being in a space with such creative people, the energy is intense. It's so cool.
that's Tracy standing over the table helping a couple attendees...
I said to myself when I registered for this workshop (just after artfest) that I was going to plan ahead and have design all mapped out. Yeah, that didn't happen and all those cool pieces of metal scrap I bought at Second Use last week....well, it would have helped to read Tracy's pdf. notes for the workshop...we were scheduled to make a 3.5"x5" journal....everything I bought was way TOO big! But I pulled something together! It's kinda of my style...off the cuff (wait I don't wear cuffs) how bout- off the hip?!
this is the stage of drilling all my sewing holes using a dremel, you use finishing nails to tack your metal and leather down to a wood surface so your pieces don't move on you while your drilling a bizz-illon holes!
My finished journal- can you believe it! I finished something in one workshop! (of course I missed out on eating lunch though!)
the black metal piece on the front right corner is actually one of the second use pieces I got- it's an old door mail slot I cut it using a dremel. I left the original pre drilled holes cause they were the eyes of my little character I saw, then I drilled new smaller holes below and made my own rivets to attach the piece to the copper journal front
the leg charm was a gift from Tracy- last five minutes of class I was brainstorming a closure for my journal...using a sewn on silver button through drilled holes with waxed binding thread the leg charm wraps around the button and dangles down...
inside: 6- 6 page ea. signatures of 70lb. cold press paper.
while binding all the signatures in....it's a good idea to focus- it's easy to skip holes and end up wonky- i had to be mindful of talking during this process :)
Shhh...I've already bought more metal to make another one! Got the hub's dremel out (can you believe it he has 2-one cordless! and he didn't even tell me!) that's alright-they're mine now! I'll knock the dust off them far before he will. Stay tuned for another journal- looks Molly will get her birthday present afterall! :)
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