This is the very beginning of construction. I was trying out different things for my first goddess. Those legs are typewriter keys.
The look of etched metal you see on the tin is the faux in the class title. It couldn't be easier. We stamped on the already darkened tin (torched, or, as Leighanna informed us, placed on the barbecue) with matte medium, and then coated the whole thing with a liquid patina. It starts out black, but within a few days it was rusty. You'll see that in a bit. In the photo above you can just see the rusting in its early stages. Once it got to the point I liked, I sealed everything I'd patinaed with a metal sealant. Otherwise, it would just keep rusting until eventually it would fall apart.
This is a piece of metal that has the technique, waiting to be used on the next goddess.
Here are my two pieces right after construction. One used the tin as the body; the other used flat pieces of metal.
And here they are at home, after some additional rusting and a coating of sealant.
Leighanna provided the faces and the metal for the bodies, and the set of typewriter keys. We brought an assortment of charms, beads, metal scraps, etc. to finish our pieces. The hat above is actually a leftover part from the sconce I used in Michael DeMeng's class. If you take a close look at all the goddesses I think you'll recognize plenty of stuff you'd find in your own junk pile.
What follows: Leighanna snapping photos of our creations, and then, the class goddesses (some finished, some still works in progress).
And how about this one; not a goddess at all, but a pup!
The organizers of Art Is You are actually accepting early registration for next year (no classes announced, just reserving a spot for the event), and you better believe I'm in! If you only have the time and resources to attend one such retreat next year, my advice is to go with Art Is You. And you have plenty of time to start saving. It's truly a class organization.