I finally finished a bunch more Marigold flower lapel pins to sell at the World Masters Indoor Championships. The city of Kamloops is surrounded with lakes and rivers that are great for boating and fishing. The most popular and famous fish is the Kamloops Trout. It is revered around the world by anglers as a great sporting fish. It is know for its beautiful color as well as its "fighting" nature making them very challenging to catch. Apparently it can jump more than three times its length straight into the air, sprint as fast as a racehorse and empty a fishing reel of line in seconds.
We made some Kamloops Trout lapel pins to go along with the Marigolds. I came up with three different styles and we couldn't decide which one we preferred the most and so went with some of each.
Each fish is individually hand sculpted which took a little bit of time at first but once I got a few under my belt I found it a little easier.
My good friend, Joan Tayler, is my mentor in clay. She is the person that first introduced me to it and she makes fantastic little animals of all kinds. I've watched her during her creating process and she makes it look so easy. Sculpting things doesn't come to me as easily and I find it a bit of a challenge. Sometimes I surprise myself that the project I'm working on actually turns out somewhat recognizable!
Now I need to finish up the new jewelry pieces I've been working on -- I will hopefully have photos of some to show you by tomorrow.