July 31, 2009

best birthday present ever...


This is what my artistic wonder of a husband gave me for my birthday this year!

It's a sheet of copper (about 8X10) that he turned into an amazing piece of art. First, he created the image on his computer - using a 19th century map of NYC, the title of my forthcoming novel, and a gorgeous image of a moth. (I can't tell you the significance of the moth right now, but the portion of the map he used is the exact area where the novel is set.)

He then printed the image onto a sheet of transfer paper, applied it to the copper and set it with a hot iron. This created a resist on the copper plate so when he placed the whole thing in an acid bath, it etched the image into the surface of the copper.

Last but not least, he applied India ink to the plate, and rubbed it into all the nooks and crannies created by the acid etching process.

We'll be framing it soon, but I couldn't wait to show it off in all its Steampunk -y glory!

10 comments:

mapelba said...

That is totally effing blow me away awesome!

Kim McBrien said...

That's amazing!! Kudos to Ian.

Can't wait to read the next novel.

sherry lee said...

I love gifts of thought, where the giver has put time into knowing what the recipient will love. Your husband blessed you with something magnificent. And now of course I am eager, eager, eager to read this book and discover what the "moth" is all about!!! :)

saleema said...

Just gorgeous!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Hmm, I see the cover...Happy Belated birthday.

~grits~ said...

Whatta b-day present!
Happy Birthday Ami!!!

Nora Lumiere said...

True romance is listening to what the other says and responding to it.
This beautiful copper etching is very romantic, not to mention gorgeous and intriguing and I dare say, reader-attracting.
Lucky girl.

Melvin said...

wow,it looks awesome....


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LOVE THIS LIFE said...

talent abounds in that magical tiny town!

Victoria L Welch said...

wow! that's amazing. I'm a wildlife writer and jeweller/ metal artist (strange combination, I know)- there seems to be a real growth in Steam punk stuff and- more generally in copper and brass art and jewellery lately- but that really is something special- thanks for posting.