As I'd mentioned here in a previous post, I've been really into skeleton keys lately. I'm not sure where this fascination came from, but I'm guessing it could have been brought on by all of the buzz about Alice in Wonderland. That is around the time I was doing my sketching, after all. I loved the sketch I'd made with the skull, and I'd like to take you behind the scenes to see how it was made. But first, here is some amazing Alice in Wonderland inspired art:
Last 3 images by pareeerica's Alice In Wonderland Series
Here is a quick look at how I made the key. I began with silver wire and shaped the key shank. I added details to the key, and soldered those onto the shank. Then, I hammered out two small pieces of silver to make the key bits (the part that opens a door). I finished the piece by soldering the skull to the top, otherwise known as the key's "bow".
The final product, Skeleton Key:
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For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.
From Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, 1865