Monday, October 24, 2011

Word Keys for Open Doors Show

I made more word keys for our Portland Art Collective Show and Sale in December. Last year, they were very popular. The safety deposit keys are flooded with solder with metal stamped words, hand soldered silver jump rings, beads and a bit of fiber.

Words become keys to life, a reminder to dream or play. Many artists choose a word for the New Year to guide them in their artwork. Selecting one can be a powerful affirmation and tool for change for anyone.
I used the skills that I learned in Stephanie Lee's Homesteaders Metalsmithing online class
to make the keys and brooches.

8 comments:

Createology said...

Your keys are beautiful. I understand the power of selecting just the right word for inspiration to begin a new year of hopes and dreams. My word for 2011 is NOW and it has helped me to not put off things until never. Blissful inspirations dear...

lilylovekin said...

I see several "keys" I could select for a special word. My word for 2011 is Grace. It is funny how it pops up all over the place.

Gwen said...

these are really beautiful! I can see why they were popular last year, and I am sure they will be just as popular this year!

Robin Olsen said...

Great last year, great again this year! I used "reach" as my word last year, need to think of a new one now. I love the idea of having it around my neck as a reminder because it's so easy to forget all about it.

Paula McNamee said...

Thanks for all of your comments. I have a phrase for the year "put it away" (after cleaning my studio out). I may have to take commissions to make keys with specific words.

Gwen said...

Ooh! I love the idea of commissioning a key! I will start thinking of my 2012 word, "new" was my word for 2011.

Bobbie said...

Love these....and would love a commissioned one....FIND MY WAY. I left you an earlier comment :)

Paula McNamee said...

Yes, I'll be glad to make you a key. Thanks for your interest.