Thursday, February 14, 2013

Assemblage-Unchain My Heart

I have had this assemblage in the works for a very long time.  The upper portion was figured out at least a year ago, but this week I finally decided what to do with the lower box.I did not take step-by-step photos when I was putting it together this week so I will describe the parts and pieces. The body is an old clock. I took out the clock face and mechanism. The lower portion had a piece of glass with a print of a landscape behind it. It also had a gold eagle at the very top and gold tone curlicues on the sides which I removed. I sanded and painted the body white.

Unchain My Heart.

For the top portion, I re-used the gold tone ring that held the glass cover and clock mechanism. I used Apoxie Clay to attach the filigreed plant stand (wheels removed) to this ring, and used more Apoxie Clay to attach the ring to the wood clock body.  The hand is a plaster cast of my own hand, I had to sand away a lot of the back side to have it fit in the hole.  The heart I made a long while ago. I broke a red glass vase that I got at the thrift store, put the pieces in half of a plastic heart from the craft store (with silicone spray on the inside so the resin would not stick). I made a red resin and poured it in.  It was still very difficult to get the resin out of the mold once it was set. I used a hammer to break the plastic and then it came right out. I made a couple other hearts at the same time, some have red electrical wire in them instead of glass. I plan to make more hearts for another project, so I will do a blog post of it in the future. For the chain, I bought a bunch of watch parts and cuckoo clock chains at a yard sale this summer, so I used the chain on this project.

I used more cuckoo clock chain, new golden tone jump rings (that I sanded and blackened with Novacan Black patina solution), and keys for the lower portion. I also blackened some of the keys as well, to give them an aged appearance.

It was wonderful to complete this piece since it has been on the back burner for so long. What do you think?


  1. love this;! So much of the parts were individual made by you. How big is this? Will you sell it? Thanks for the collage entry information. Im heading out of town but would like to try another time. Id love to attend this show. Hope you get in.

  2. Thanks so much! It's 22" H x 11" W.I will sell it. I entered some collages as well, as the show's main theme is collage. We will see what they think. I'll let you know when another call for entry comes up. I think Buxiejo Gallery is having one due in March with a theme of "Spring".