edina tien: shrine and soldering

November 14, 2006

shrine and soldering

Whew! Been working on this shrine for what seems like forever. Finally finished today and am glad to send it off to its new home. The theme was Alphabetica and meant to honor the alphabet, a letter, or word in whatever way each participant wanted. I chose the letter "P" which had many possibilities (groan, I know). After waffling back and forth on several words to put in the shrine, I opted for the single letter which is also my recipient's initial. Then I decided to make the pendant and chose the word "play" which seemed to fit the image of the two girls.

As you can see, the pendant is very Sally Jean-esque. More so than I intended, but oh well. I finally got her book recently, and even though several blogs have already mentioned it, I've been wanting to offer my two cents. I LOVE the projects that are featured in the book and thought it was extremely gracious and generous of Sally to provide so many, especially since she teaches several in her classes. I highly recommend the book for all of its beautiful eye candy and creative ideas, including a fun way to make collages. My only caveat is for people who have never picked up a soldering iron before - you will need to refer to a friend, class, or some other book for the fundamentals including detailed supplies, step-by-step instructions, and safety considerations. That last one is especially important because you're dealing with chemicals, fumes, and extremely hot tools. But once you've got the basics down, you will be off and running with Sally Jean's book!

On a related subject, I recently made a purchase from an online company called I.S.G.S. and was very pleased with their prices and customer service (which is so rare these days). I've had a few people ask me where to get soldering supplies and this is my new favorite. I've ordered from other places before but this one happened to have everything that I needed this time around and is on the West Coast which made the shipment much faster than usual. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just a satisfied customer. If you ever order from them, let me know if things go well for you, too.


Blogger Lori S-C said...

Wow, I just love your work! Love the alphabetica and also your very cool soldered pendant...super cool!

Thanks for the supply referral too! I've already put the soldering stuff on my wish list for the holidays....maybe I can follow in your very talented footsteps!!

November 15, 2006 4:17 PM  
Blogger Tracie Lyn Huskamp said...

Hi Edina...

NICE WORK... Love these pieces!

November 17, 2006 9:04 AM  
Blogger Holly Stinnett said...

Beautiful shrine. I loved it immediately since my mother's name begins with a P - I thought of her and her love for vintage. And your pendant is lovely. Gorgeous work. :)

November 17, 2006 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh this is fabulous Edina!!!! Paula is a lucky girl what a brilliant job you did it's amazing!!!!hugs Linda

November 17, 2006 4:47 PM  
Blogger audrey h. said...

Edina...don't know how i missed this but it is stunning and i love the charm. The phrase is one of my favorites.

November 27, 2006 9:31 AM  

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