Tuesday, May 10, 2011

seeing that there is a finish line


I'm all excited.

I've been working on finishing the wren box and the memory box today yesterday. I still have to decide what images I want but I think I have finally decided on, if not the actual images, at least the theme or thread that ties them all together. I think that will make selecting the actual images easier she says hopefully.

The memory box is a reliquary. Reliquary For A Memory or, now, a set of memories, like a few snapshots out of a person's life. So perhaps not reliquary for 'a' memory but rather for a life, represented by symbols (photos) perhaps only relevant to the departed.

The wren box, now, has finally come together. The box itself is done. The bronze stick is ready, I just have to go get it and affix it to the top of the box. The hold-up has been what to put inside it and finally! I know what!

I am making a scroll of the whole saga with the wrens. I'm going to try and print it on vellum with my printer. We'll see if it works. If not, I'll have to think of another way. Vellum, because it's cotton, not paper, and I hope will not age as quickly. If I can find a small test tube thingy that will fit in the box, I'll put the scroll in that. And the title...The Book Of Wren.

I know I said I wasn't going to post any more pictures of the boxes until they were finished but, well, I lied.


Here's the wren box with a glass stick I had on hand standing in for the bronze one (same stick). Not a great picture, I need to work on getting more light on the front. I was juggling a lamp and the camera at the same time.



16 comments:

  1. This looks lovely and I love the idea of the scroll inside a tube.

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  2. That's a fabulous idea for the wren box! I can't wait to see the finished product (I think I said that last time too - heh).

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  3. To think that you made that. It is simply breathtaking Ellen.

    And I think you can have a pass on the "not quite finished". Thank you for sharing. We love to watch the progress. You should be very proud. :D

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  4. i really admire the calm manner in which you share the process of work becoming. steven

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  5. Oh Ellen, It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  6. I'm glad you lied. This is a wonderful idea. A scroll on velum is perfect. You can probably get the test tube type thingy from a beading supplier/store/outlet.

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  7. Wow Ellen, this is very beautiful. So elegant and full of meaning.

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  8. Amazingly beautiful and such a wonderful idea.

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  9. Fab stuff Ellen, you are seriously talented :)

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  10. The wren box is exquisite! How big is it?

    I love the word reliquary and I really appreciate how you share your process with us. You're the real thing, Ellen, a REAL artist. Thank you.

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  11. I am truly amazed by your talent.

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  12. the wren box is 8" tall x 8" wide (the stick) x 3" deep.

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  13. When your deceptions are this pretty, just lie to me babe!

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  14. Wait, that looks like the little bird who always told on me.My mom would say," I know this, a little bird told me."She had a number of nest boxes out for the little Jenny wrens so I figured as a child this might be the culprit.Lovely work.

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  15. This is a wonderful idea.
    I loved your blog!
    Short Poems

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