I’m so tickled to have made another bottle opener to keep my ‘Chicken Creature bottle opener‘ company. I plan on making a series of animal style bottle openers; they look like little sculptures -- well, they actually ARE sculptures I suppose -- and they make themselves useful as a bonus. Let me know if there’s a particular animal you’d be interested in, and I’ll see if I can conjure one up.
I used the tack-and-bend method to make this little guy. The base metal is 1/4” round rod.
The final appearance of tack-and-bend looks to me like a casting, but with negative space (‘holes’) sprinkled throughout the piece. I find negative space to be just as, if not more, interesting than a solid mass.
Numerous bottled beverages were opened (and consumed) with this little guy during the quality control testing phase, so I can personally attest to its functionality as well as its thirst-quenchability.
This week in the studio, I wanted to make an ant. I started cutting and shaping the metal with a vision of the finished product in my head, but the Metal Gods were having none of that ‘preconceived notion’ stuff. So I let them do their thing, and ‘Lady’ Bug strutted her bad self onto the scene.
‘Lady’ Bug’s got a bit of an attitude underneath her demure appearance. The sheaths on the tip of her abdomen can be removed to reveal two short barbs -- red barbs, of course, that match ‘Lady’ Bug’s sexy shade of lipstick...
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