My husband inspired me to do something big with the tin art I’ve been making so I used the Our Fair States idea and went 48 times bigger – I made a map of the contiguous states. It’s about 26″ wide and 20″ tall on two pieces of wormy chestnut.
I started by printing out a map of the states.
Then I traced and cut out each state separately:
I then cut each state out of my stock of biscuit tins. I got lucky with some (NC and VA for example) and others were chosen simply for color or pattern.
I began assembling at Washington state, moved down and across, down to FL and upwards to New England, tacking and cutting and placing as I went.
After every state was tacked well into place I filled up a barrel of wine and set myself up for hours of tacking in hundreds of tiny nails (I use 19 gauge, 1/2″ nails for anyone that’s interested). When that was done I had a hot soak in epsom salts and slept like a baby. And dreamt of putting nails into metal. (“What could that MEAN?”)
I will have the piece on display TOMORROW at Handmade Arcade along with a batch of new tin pieces for the holidays. I will have some new 2C prints and my wooden panel pieces, as well. AND tasty Peppermint Bark to give away with purchases. If you brave the wintry weather that is predicted please stop by my booth and say hey.