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Mister Swindlehurst..........



The witch simply called them 'A&B' for that was their name.
A two headed spy created to see through the wood in the failing light.
Admittedly they were generally up to no good but when given the chance unexpectedly they sang.......and if only you could have understood the meanings you would have heard songs sung of 'never having to be alone'...
Heres a really early preview of something I'm working on....Ive been teaching myself how to cut glass and make things from it. Instead of soldering I wanted to glue and stitch the pieces together. Here are my first 'glass coffins' which I hope I will be available through one of my stockists soon.
I'm always seeing waste glass in skips and from old windows etc so I just wanted to be able to use it and include it in my work in some way.
I'm still learning lots from it but i really I love it.
The stitching and gluing needs refining but I wanted then glass segments to be joined with fabric in some way and I like how they interact with the birds textures and muted tones.
I thought I would share a mini tutorial which is really fast and I think can make a quite a fab gift or unusual way of displaying photographs.
These vintage hand mirrors are everywhere and I see them practically at every car boot or second hand shop I go to.
Check its in this style as all you need to do is twist the barrel/handle and it should turn quite easily. If it does then its should be good to use for this project.
Unscrew the handle from the bottom cap and it should literally fall apart into the pieces like above.You may have to slide down the small cap that is holding the bottom of the frame pieces together this is easily done.
Take the original picture out and using the clear plastic cover piece use it to trace over an image that you like. This can obviously be anything you like from a book page to concert tickets as long as they are thin...here I have used a picture of a bird from an old book.
Insert it and put back together simply..... it can be a little tricky to get everything back in the frame bit at the top but once you have slide on the handle and barrel cap and you are done.
Job done.

Recently I was very kindly given a pair of scissors large and very heavy but built to last and in their own right are an amazing object.
This pair should easily last me the rest of me and somebody else's life if not longer.
I love the sequence of events of how objects arrive at their destinations and often their refusal at being discarded.
The previous owner acquired them as a donation from a tailors son who then gave them to me.
More often than not we don't own objects we are simply the caretaker of them.....so in the chapter where I have them it only seemed fit to engrave the tailors name onto the blade......
'Mister Swindlehurst'
Maybe one day my name will be added to the blades too or maybe it will always be a mystery of what the name means..who know its all part of the story........
Well this past week has been one of trial and error and lots of things have really not gone to plan work wise.
But you just have to ride out these times I feel even tho at the time they can prove to be hugely disappointing on a time wasting basis.
Is it time wasted tho?
No, its all down to development and some things work somethings don't. Toady I'm ironing some fabric envelopes for a another project that just didn't work out....but I love them all the same.










 Something about neat stacks of envelopes and what they may contain....


I found this tiny case over the weekend...its meant for jewellery so you can work out how small it would be. I built a cobweb in it from nylon thread. I think its a really pretty result and a tiny pearly spider is all that is needed to finish it all off. Ive done a few very large cobwebs in the past now but they have all been out of clear thick fishing line so using a thin thread was tricky but I think its worth it.

































I may have mentioned this on my blog and older posts....I have a little omen that seems to come along quite often.....little spiders hanging from their silk. Ive had them hanging above where I work and even hanging off my work. I take a comfort in seeing them as a good luck thing. Everyone has a thing.....don't they?
Toady I go to my sewing machine and this little guy is hanging of my sewing thread.
Wishing you a day a 'good luck omen' day.
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