I was quit these past months, busy doing this & that. Trying to get things done at work, at home, in my studio. All the time Fiona's health was constantly in the back of my mind nagging me. So to ease my constant brain triggering, I let my heart & hands take over at times and work on this box. Yes, it is a box. Someone gave it to me last year, and I've liked the eight sided shape of it, but didn't like the funny girlie pattern on it. So right after I finished the hedgehog jar, I started on the elephant box. Chris cut the plastic elephant for me & took his dremel to flatten the back & smooth out the rough edges. I used wool felt for the base, epoxied the plastic toy elephant in
the center & just started to bead. As usual, I never have any premade plans on how it is going to look so even I'm surprised at the outcome. I like this box. It is very sparkling with earthy tones to it. The edge of the box is a square stitch chain that is 22 (yes, that's right twenty two) inches long! It was hypnotic to just sit watching Lawrence of Arabia when it was on Turner Classic Movie as my fingers wove the bugles and seed beads into this chain. Then I painted the whole box with black gesso. Linda Apple turned me on to black gesso last year, and I think it really makes a wonderful starting point to a project. When that was dry, I painted the box with two coats of a glitter paint that I bought from Joanns on a whim. I love it! I need to go back & see if they have it in other colors. I'm letting it all dry very well & when it is completed all the way, then I'm going to take some favorite pictures and Mod Podge them into the lid of the box & glue a layer of felt on the bottom. What will go in it? I haven't a clue, but I'm sure some treasure will finds its way in there.