I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. - Claude Monet
In running errands today and visiting friends across town, we decided to drive along the Bosque where we found a 'barn sale'. It was the coolest collection of antiques and non-antiques plus they were selling bags of popcorn! Score one! So there in the barn was a wooden rocking horse that was not only an antique but a steal. I considered it for several minutes but decided not to buy it. Instead, I found a Hopf Violin and Horsehair bow. It's in middle to poor condition but I took it to what turned out to be a National Company that repairs, refurbishes and refits violins. It was the coolest store with violins hanging from everywhere. The violin is a German violin made around 1900 and probably a factory made one that has only about $300 value in good condition. They gave me a new string [for a missing one] and a bridge but said it wasn't worth restoring. That was unfortunate but I only paid a few dollars and I bought it for a sculpture. It is going to take larger flowers then I usually do. I laid the dogwood that I am working on down it for an idea of what I want to do. This is going to be an extremely large sculpture but it will be so cool.
Work in Progress
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I sell my floral sculpture beads in my Etsy Store - I will not be at another bead show before Spring 2014.