Dresden Trim, New Avatar

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I was given a wonderful pack of assorted Dresden Trim, as well as an entire sheet of fish. I spent a pleasant few hours sorting through the scrap, snipping and arranging the bits and pieces. Things got interesting when I started combining parts of one with another. Above is the beginning of an illustration for 2018.

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I cut the wings from a bird in flight (a swift? a swallow?) and this happened. I felt an instant sense of recognition, like I had met a new old friend.

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I made the ladder longer, and glued the pieces together.

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The back is reinforced with toothpicks and cardstock circles cut to the wheel dimensions, stacked and glued together, then glued to the outer rim.

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Because I’m not a stamped gold foil kind of girl, I spray painted her matte black. Please say hello to my new avatar.

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She shows up strikingly against many backgrounds.

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I gifted her shoes made of black eyelets and tacky wax. She stands freely, observant, curious and full of questions.

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However… sometimes it’s hard being 2.5D in a complex 3D world. You can lose touch with essential parts of yourself.

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We believe it’s good to have your head in the clouds, and your feet on the ground.

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And have your heart wide open… but sheltered by something good.

(These particular Dresden trim pieces came from Castle in the Air, but I have since found three other good online sources: Rose MilleDresden Paper Crafts; and Walter Kunze.)

14 thoughts on “Dresden Trim, New Avatar

  1. Keli says:

    Hello, New Avatar.

    It is delightful, and reminds me of Maddie’s R.

    I have had some Dresden foil trim in my stash for years. It’s always seemed to fragile to be serviceable. Your reinforcement makes me ponder reevaluation of its usefulness. I should put it out where I can see it, I tend to forget supplies in boxes.

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Hah, yeah, no name yet. Ava is cute, but too obvious? NA sounds negative. N is already taken. Maybe Wheelie, in keeping with the naming style around here? Wings?
      Very glad she evokes delight (and Maddie’s R)
      Highly recommend bringing out the Dresdens. It took me a fun while of playing around to sense the possibilities.
      My intention is to make a salvaged wrought iron railing using the fish. But there are so many other motifs! The Kunze site (who also sells on Amazon) has PDFs of the complete line. I favor the stars and halos :) Share what you do!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Haha, Shelia. Scarlett is far more interested in hunting these days, and finding the warmest place to nap. (Fortunately for me, less so for mice.)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Thank you, but oh no no no! In my experience there is no “less gifted”. What you, Azteclady — may I call you C’lady? — observe, distill and write about is no less creative than anything I do. *And* you are brave enough to share it with others, risking vulnerability. This is important, and wonderful.
      Also, glad to be of fascination :)

  2. Nancy Bristow says:

    I love Wheelie! Well done, Nancy. I especially love the last photo in the group for some reason. ha ha I checked out some of the Dresden sites you mentioned and got lost in the innumerable avenues it took my imagination ~ you know how easy it is to get sidetracked. Can you imagine what I could do with some of that trim on gift packages? OMG…be still my heart. I can’t wait to see the fish railing you have in mind…

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