While playing with tin, making little book pendants with mom, I started thinking of what else I could make. For some reason a whale popped into my head but this can easily be converted into another design. The first thing I did was draw my whale and his pieces. I made the body, a fin and a tail. I cut out the pieces and marked on the body where I wanted them to fit as well as the connection spots.
Using the paper templates I marked and cut the pieces out of tin, sanding the edges with a file.
Punch holes for connections.
Use rivets to make connections.
I used cardboard packaging as a spacer so I could leave a little room while riveting the tail so that it could move. Turned out so cute.
I added an eye and an eyelet for hanging.
I wanted to decorate the back in some way so I used pattern paper. It leaves a very sheer, tissue paper look allowing the gold color of the tin to shine through. Really pretty and simple finish.
Now, how am I going to use it. Haven't decided quite yet but it'll become part of a necklace someday. I'm thinking of other animals that'll work; monkeys, birds, frogs, a butterfly? What do you think would be cute?