It is that time - the Challenge of Literature Blog Hop!!!! I was so excited to sign up for this challenge because I had the perfect poem that I have been wanting to create a piece for (since 2009). I did a final ceramics project for school about this poem, but I have been wanting to make a necklace to go along with it.
The poem I chose for this challenge was Calvary Crossing a Ford by Walt Whitman.
Cavalry Crossing A Ford
A Line in long array, where they wind betwixt green islands;
They take a serpentine course--their arms flash in the sun--Hark to
the musical clank;
Behold the silvery river--in it the splashing horses, loitering, stop
Behold the brown-faced men--each group, each person, a picture--the
negligent rest on the saddles;
Some emerge on the opposite bank--others are just entering the ford--
Scarlet, and blue, and snowy white,
The guidon flags flutter gaily in the wind.
|Sketches - poem broken out and how assemble|
|Stamping the pendants|
I usually never raise my hand or gave an opinion in class, but that day I was more than ready to add my thoughts to the discussion of this poem.
|Have liver of sulfur the pieces and are cleaning them with sand paper - |
notice the very dirty hands
|Sprayed with lacquer and waxed - waiting to be polished|
|Pieces laid out|
|"Calvary Crossing a Ford"|
I wanted to have the soldier and the horse in the necklace and I wanted the necklace to have a rustic feel. I think mom and I nailed it. Mom and I used Vintage chain, 20 gauge copper pendants that were stamped with snippets from the poem and dipped in liver of sulfur, and etched lampwork glass beads. I chose the two different blues because those were the colors of the military uniforms in the late 1800s.
This is the second main pendant - the name of the poem. I really love how the guidon pendants came out. To get the texture of the pendants I found texture on mom's garage floor, put the pendants on the texture and hammered the pendants :) Improvise, adapt and overcome baby!!!!
These are the top two pendants on the left side of the necklace.
Pendants on the top right side of the necklace.
Pendants on the bottom left side of the necklace.
Pendants on the bottom right side of the necklace.
The soldier and horse pendant. At one point I did start making a necklace for the poem, but I started enameling this pendant and set it aside because it was a pain in the butt to enamel. So, when Erin was doing this challenge mom and I pulled out the necklace. I really didn't want the clear enamel on it, so mom took a hammer and broke off the enamel. I LOVE the texture it left behind and the liver of sulfur really brought out the details. As always mom did an awesome job sawing!!!!
So, that is our interpretation of Calvary Crossing a Ford. I hope you enjoyed the pictures and how we created the piece.
Thank you Erin for putting on this wonderful blog hop!!! I had a lot of fun - except for the last part of assembly, wish I got a picture of that. I had the necklace on while mom was attaching the pendants. I was holding my breath each time so she wouldn't accidently clock me with the pliers :)
To see all the other wonderful participents please see the list below (if the links don't work please head on over to Erin's blog to see the list).
Have fun and thanks for stopping by!