Sunday, February 28, 2010

ALaW 2010 - EFGH

The alphabet challenge continues, ALaW - A Letter a Week 2010 with February's letters; E, F, G, H. Life duties dominated this month so I had to rely on my trusty stock pile to compile my letters.

E- is a weathered brass bracket, nuts intact with a nut & bolt welded in the centre,

F - discarded plugs from cut out metal,

G - rusted bike chain...still abit of movement under the rust, shaped nicely,


H - a small clamp, not sure from what...with the spring...un-sprung.

Happy snaps...

Happy snaps from my delivery to the Abbey Museum of the Canopic Jars....
They were very pleased with the results and shared the news with their followers on twitter!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Canopic Jars

Just out of the kiln last night and ready to deliver...
Four Canopic Jars for the Abbey Museum's Egyptian Tomb 'Dig'

From left to right - Four Canopic Jars; Falcon, Human, Anubis, and Baboon. Height tallest 30cm

Canopic Jars were used to store and preserve human organs for safekeeping in the afterlife. During the mumification process organs were removed and stored into the jars and were buried in the tomb together with the sarcophagus of the dead.

Each Jar held a particular organ; the intestines were stored within the falcon, the liver in the human headed jar, the stomach was stored in Anubis, and the lungs were contained within the baboon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ALaW 2010- my first four letters..

My progress so far for ALaW 2010 with January's letters A B C & D.
I've choosen to use discarded rusted, weathered metals or similar to make my letters, that I find from my weekly rust hunts.
In my first week, to start me off I used what I had in my rust pile at home, three rusty horse shoe nails perfectly forming an 'A'. The second week I rummaged in a Sheetmetal's skip bin finding these curious 'plugs' forming my 'B'. The plugs are the discarded piece from metal that has punched a hole leaving the rounded shape seen in my 'B' below.

Week three 'C' was found in discarded metal shavings, created from drilling into metals leaving long threads of spiral shavings. Upon closer inspection I noted the curve...hmmm 'C' for curve! Alittle bend back and forth on the long thread, and a bit broke off...the birth of my 'C'.

Week four letter 'D' . Somewhat dissapointed on my rust hunt with only finding some old weathered leather straps and buckles from horse riding gear. I had to take a closer look to see what I could do. Of course! The 'D' ring on the strap!