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Question of Time by Heather Miller

Title: A Question of Time
Year: 2013
Size: 14″ diameter

A Question of Time was made using decorative gears, clock hands, various watch themed jewelry pieces, scrapbook paper, and acrylic paint mounted on wood.

The Story:

I’m writing this story in 2016, the piece was created in 2013 so I’ll do my best to remember.

A Question of Time started out as a very different piece, or at least the base did.  The base was first used for a piece called Falling Petals.  I dropped the piece resulting in several cracks.  I carefully pried the remaining pieces off the board and then sanded it down.  Then it sat there for the longest time.

I don’t remember exactly why I picked up the board and decided to finally do something with it but I did.  The base piece is technically made to build a clock on.  There’s actually a small hole in the center for mounting a clockwork mechanism.  Thinking back, that may have been what inspired the clock theme.

When I started this piece, I already owned the scrapbook paper that makes up the background as well as the gears and pocket watches.  Finding the clock hands at a good price was the bigger problem.  Clearly I overcame that issue.

The large pocket watch in the center is a pretty heavy piece of metal.  The clock face is just a piece of paper glued on.  I poured a clear resin into the piece to create the ‘glass’ for the watch.  I added a drop of brown ink to the resin so my faux-glass wasn’t entirely “shiny new” in appearance.

After all the pieces were glued into place, I stood back and realized it looked “brand new.”  I wanted a more ‘aged’ look.  To achieve that, I dry brushed several colors of brown and yellow around the piece.  It’s not an exactly process.  I just kept at it until everything started to look weathered by time.

The title comes from the cliche but I have no idea why I associated the cliche with the piece.  Sometimes words or phrases come into mind when I create a piece.  When that happens, I usually use it as my title.