Have you ever walked through an art gallery and pondered what went into the creation of that sculpture or painting you really admire? Have you ever looked at a handmade creation on Etsy or Madeit, perhaps even a Two Cheek Monkeys piece, and wondered the same thing?
Well, today I am sharing with you a little of what goes into the creation of one of my cabochon-embellished literature cuff bangles!
First, I decide which literary character I want to highlight and find a suitable bit of text to cut up for the jewellery (this can lead to all kinds of distraction, such as re-reading my favourite chapter, or even the whole book!)
Then comes the slowest part, insetting the snippet of book page into the jewellery. Why is this bit slow? Not because I get sidetracked reading the novel, but because the resin glaze I use in the insetting process needs several hours (sometimes longer) to dry after each coat.
While I wait for the resin to dry and cure, I set about the task of sorting through the available cabochons and deciding on a colour scheme and layout for the piece(s) I am creating. This part is kind of like a kid sorting through their lollies/candy to decide which ones to eat!
Of course, the most fun part is last - gluing on all those pretty floral cabochons and rhinestones! This part of the process takes some time too because I have to allow time for the glue to set on one section before I can start on another section.
After all that, I end up with some beautiful literature bangles which I am tempted to keep for myself! But I am always so thrilled when they head off to new homes and my customers tell me a little about why they love the piece or why they are buying it for their loved one.
So there you have it, a little peek into my day here at Two Cheeky Monkeys HQ.