Ok, today's Song Lore inspiration is a little different. It was actually someone else's inspiration before it was mine. My friend Sheryl and I were out craft supply shopping and she mentioned wanting an amber lock because of a song by SJ Tucker called Manticore's Lullabye. I liked the idea of an amber lock and remembered that I had just bought a beautiful lock at an antique store that I wanted to mold. I also remembered that I had been wanting to try casting the Ice Resin into rubber molds and I also bought some amber resin dye. So I set out to do this experiment one night. Here are the results! The casting turned out ok, but my brother, the Mold King, told me that I should try a release spray next time, because my casting turned out to have a pretty rough texture. After I cast it, I tried to give it a blackened finish in the crevasses, and I used Rub N Buff, which was probably not the best choice At least, it was not the best choice for that rough finish, because it took a lot of cleaning to get the high surfaces back to amber. Good lessons, overall, and a successful enough casting to want to try again with some modifications. I have a zillion rubber molds, so this opens up a lot of possibilities. So Sheryl will get this amber lock next time I see her...hope you like it, Sheryl...thanks for the inspiration!
SJ Tucker is a musician and storyteller who is well known with my friends for her performances at conventions and her wonderful folky music. She has a wonderful library of songs that are sure to appeal to lovers of myth and literature and fandom, and her music is available on her website.
and the girl had an amber key
and a manticore was bound and sore
in the city in the trees."
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.