This has been one of my new projects – making lamp bases. I have been experimenting with shapes and sizes, learning to wire, and now to pair them with the right shades (I think that is the hardest part!) I have had fun using my different textures and glazing each uniquely. Just a few for now but I plan on making more, I don’t think I have a good photo of it but the square lamp was my favorite.
In experimenting with shades I revisited one of my favorite projects – sunprints! I found a product called inkodye which produces photo-chemical ink which can be brushed on fabric and exposed in the sun to develop a gorgeous cyan blue color. Any surface brushed with the chemical turns blue, even skin which I found out the hard way! At least I didn’t get any on my face, can you imagine blue war paint for several days. Like most photo sensitive materials, the ink must be washed in water to stop over exposure. What do you think?
I learned a little bit about ferns too, since I like to research about the plants I use. I always thought ferns lived in wooded wetlands but it seems they are specialists in marginal habitats, remote mountain elevations, to dry desert rock faces, to bodies of water or in open fields, often succeeding in places where various environmental factors limit the success of flowering plants. This weekend my best friend came up for her first visit after moving, and I could sense the adversity of being uprooted. I think she is stronger than she realizes and I know that shortly she will return to thriving (in any environment) just like that resilient fern. I love you friend, ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’ Numbers 6:24-26