Here’s a fun project I just finished. I’ve recently become enamored with applying colored pencil to copper/metals to create a look similar to copper enamels. It turns out the process is pretty tricky and the workshops to learn how to do this are far away. So I did a lot of experimentation to get something I liked.
The cat head and the quilt are cut separately from sheet copper then sanded and treated with gesso to give it tooth. Colored pencils are applied in layers with fixative sprays in between layers. The eye holes were drilled and brass escutcheon pins are placed through the holes, with crimp beads between the layers, so the cat head sits up about 1/16" above the plane of the quilt.
The box was cut from PG cherry hardwood (medium), and the lid was engraved (default draft) to allow the copper piece to inset; glued in with E6000.
Now you have me thinking about how I can use the Glowforge with this method. I teach HS art and my students do the colored pencil method. We will have to brainstorm some display options now with using the glowforge.
Such beautiful shading on the bird! I love that about colored pencils: the more you layer them the richer the colors get. It looks like you’re also working with a rolling mill, or metal clay. It makes a great combination with the velvety look of the bird’s body and the texture of the wing. The leaves are also beautiful, I just happen to have a thing for birds…