Color my Studio Metallic Bronze

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Leather Link Boho Necklace

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Leather Link Boho Necklace

The Leather Link Boho Necklace pictured above and described in a February blog post, sat untended but not forgetten for six months. I remember talking with project instructor Laura Gasparrini of Om Tara about the lovely, soft metallic leather.

The idea incubator churned as I played with leather and experimented with paint for a variety of other projects. I thought often about the Boho Necklace, but neglected to complete it.

The same day, no one was more surprised than me when I started painting a pigskin leather hide.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Metallic Bronze painted pigskin

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, Metallic Bronze painted pigskin

The deep, reddish brown with its metallic finish seemed luminescent. The leather seemed even more soft and pliable after painting. I understood the “wow” factor, the one that makes me fall for metallics every time.

Stamping and designing the reverse was even more fun. “Roll on!” I commanded, gleefully painting other fabrics including ultra suede, pellon and Lacey’s stiff stuff for my bead embroidery.

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, collage of Metallic Bronze painted objects

©2014, Mary Ellen Merrigan, collage of Metallic Bronze painted objects

I experimented with wooden beads, shells and wishbones. Of course, each object was bronzed. I emptied an entire jar of metallic bronze and declared it a good day in the studio.

Seriously, what would you have said?