I am a life long maker and if I am not creating something I am not happy, But what I have also found is that the more hectic life is/the more stressed I get then the more time consuming/bigger my projects tend to be! So far in the last few weeks I have had to deal with, everything from my oldest child having scarlet fever and then the youngest having chicken pox to filming promotional clips for work, having to travel up to Birmingham for an over night stay and a scary interview (Did I mention I am a hermit that does not like traveling) and a million other little stressful things in between. So now was the perfect time to throw myself into an all time consuming project!
While I was in the charity shop I came across the cutest little book, The Book of Runes by Ralph Blum, A handbook for the use of an ancient oracle: The Viking Runes. My grandad always used to tell me he was a Viking, so of course I had to buy it and after reading just a few pages I had decided that I really needed to make a set of runes. But where to begin?
I had so many ideas of what I wanted to make my runes out of but I was drawn to this beautiful piece of wood. Perfect, I would cut out the pieces burn on the symbols and be finished!
No, way too easy and not very ‘ME’ so how to make it ten times more difficult and time consuming? I know, I will age the wood (by hitting it with a hammer around the edges), stain it with a dark wax, hand buff it to a beautiful sheen and hand cut the symbols from copper sheet (and somehow set them onto the wood)?!?
Of course when I had hammered and waxed the wooden pieces and cut out half of the runes in copper sheet I decided I did not like the copper it just did not look right so I had to start again but what to cut the runes from?
Coins! I have lots of them laying around and six pence coins are meant to be lucky, plus they are the perfect size!
Many, many hours later and feeling throughly immersed in my project, with very sore fingers (turns out sawing coins is actually hard work, but I am much more relaxed)! Now, how to join the coins onto the wood? This one took a few days to figure out.
I was going to rivet the coins in place but I did not want to see a rivet on the back of the pieces so I did a few test runs to see if I could solder on some copper wire and ‘nail’ the pieces into place and eventually I figured out how to do it. So I filed the edges of the coins and polished them to a high shine, half drilled my wooden pieces and hammered the runes into place and voila! Set of runes complete….
Now at the end of the month I have a huge black tie awards evening up in Birmingham in which I have been nominated so I am thinking I need to make a leather runes pouch to keep these in and some sort of wonderful book to go with it, all very time consuming of course! I would love to know if you create things when your feeling stressed? And if so what do you like to make?