We've soldered the bale at a ever-so-slight angle to give this beetle a sense of "movement".
We LOVE Ladybugs, (technically a beetle, :). Especially when garden season comes around and Ladybugs LOVE to gorge on plant damaging insects! The spots and bright colors are meant to warn would-be attackers that this beetle tastes terrible. Ladybugs can secrete a fluid from joints in their legs which gives them a foul taste. Beautiful and smart!
*This item is handmade, so appearances may vary in color.
My process for making the copper components. We’ve manipulated the color of the copper using genuine top shelf copper and changing the colors using both heat and chemistry. Read on!:
Original Artwork by Patricia Healey ~ Each gorgeous genuine copper bead and pendant is handmade from sheet metal. First we cut the shapes out, then put form to metal using the technique of “Repousse”, (beating the crap out of the metal from the reverse side giving it form). We use a bronze solder which you can sometimes see as bits of gold peeking through the solder seams. To get the rich colors we use our top secret patination formula and then fire it up with a torch. Finally, the color is sealed in with a metal lacquer.