Hummingbirds sometimes over winter on Whidbey Island, and I usually have a couple. But, I am always excited to see them come back in large numbers when the fruit trees are in blossom!
My process in making these pieces starts with preparing a thick copper plate (shaping, sanding and cleaning). Then, I painstakingly apply the gold size (adhesive) using a tiny paint brush. The 24k gold leaf will only stick where I have applied the size. Once this has set for a day, I create heat patinas by running my torch over the piece. This part of the process is challenging, unpredictable and wonderfully rewarding. The danger of overheating and burning off the gold leaf is ever present, which makes the successes that much sweeter.
Each piece is sealed with lacquer to protect the gold and the flame patina.
"Spring Hummingbird is "6" x 8" framed, and is completely one of a kind.