Brindejon yet again

It was very flattering to wee how much my folks liked the plaque I made. It was posted right next to the door of their barn. I’m pleased to see it enjoyed. It was a good project, I learned a lot from making this plaque. It was the first time I had ever done a scratch block– a form for metal constructed from sand and resin –its a shape where you carve a reverse image of the desired picture. Well I knew that intellectually, but I only understood what that meant after I carved out stairs going in the wrong direction.

But I’m jumping ahead in the story. Knew I was going to an iron pour and would have the chance to try a block. So the first thing I created was a concept drawing. It was based on both original photos and new photos of the barn. Then I got to the event and reality slapped me in the face. The available squares were too small. So I had to make a new one. That meant showing off my lack of nailing skills while creating a box. Learned how to use a fancy saw and got the box made. And learned how to create a resin mix for the mold.

cocept drawing


original barn


current barn



Well after creating the mold, the iron pour didn’t go smoothly, so my mold didn’t get poured. It took a couple of months before we poured aluminum along with my wolf. BUt here it is, newly poured.
just poured


And then I got to play with patinas before finishing the plaque. It got sent up to Brindejon in early August and put on the barn. Here’s the final finished plaque on barn.



Author: Heres to ART not Cockroaches

Welcome to my life. My life as a mom is changing as the kids grow up, leave home, and build their own lives. This gives me a chance to rebuild myself as an artist, develop a spiritual path, and most fun of all, start going out on dates with my husband. Come here the stories about the small things in life that can make one very happy. Dogs running on a beach, great breakfast dates, kids and their adventures, and my own adventures in this wacky life. I'll share some of my progress in learning art while juggling a full time job as an engineer. And best of all, it's a chance for me to practice writing stories while keeping in touch with my kids. I look forward to hearing from you. Comments, thoughts, and invitations to meet for coffee are all welcomed. Enjoy the stories.

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