Snippets and Sneezes
Things have been bustling here at Copper Leaf Studios! Lots of great custom work, and some very cool corporate projects. I haven’t had much time to write, and admittedly it took getting sick to slow me down from what has been a pretty breakneck pace to post this. So here’s to couches and blankets and tea and tissues! And to the quiet moments, whether we choose them, or they choose us.
I wanted to share a few snippets of recent projects that I’ve had the privilege of creating, and a bit of the story behind…
This piece was designed as a seventh anniversary gift from a husband to his wife. It was hand cut from a single plate of metal, but cut in a way that makes it look as though the letters overlap. Pieces like these are challenging because there is little room for error. I’ll admit I breate a sigh of relief when I make the last cut and know that all is well.
I believe this piece was commissioned as a retirement gift. The design was inspired by an Ovoo, which is a Mongolian altar. Large stones are piled at sacred sites and adorned with blue silk cloths. Travelers who come across these sites usually circle the Ovoo, or leave offerings in hopes of luck and safe travels. The design was inspired by the pieces I made for the Women of Achievement Awards. It’s always fun when a project like that creates a new aesthetic branch in your artistic tree.
This year I was selected to design the Sustainability Award for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. I’ve been privileged to work with them in the past, and this piece was made even more exciting by my recent purchase of a compressor and micropinner. While many of you are probably thinking “what the heck is a micropinner”, I am thinking “how did I ever LIVE without this magnificent piece of equipment?!” I am not a natural woodworker by any means (I pretty much came to it kicking and screaming), so getting a tool that takes building bases like these from being a swear-infested ordeal to pa-ting, pa-ting, pa-ting and I’m *done*, well, that is happiness in an air tool, my friend.
Last but not least, a recent custom map of Kerr Lake, North Carolina. Cutting the metal was challenging for obvious reasons, but the finished piece is quite striking. I use heat patinas to create the colors on the copper, and the color is usually a little stronger along the edges. So having all those little inlets and rivers makes for a beautifully colored piece.
Thank you for reading, and have a restful week!