The Old Grind

The Old Grind by Heather Miller |

The Old Grind by Heather Miller

Price: $60.00 $30.00 (damaged, sold as is)
Year: 2008 – 2016
Size: ¬†Approximately 10″.

The photo shows the damage to the upper left part of the wooden piece (there’s a chip on the gold painted section). ¬†The damage has been painted over but I’m using this picture so you can see it.

The Old Grind was created using 3 sizes of grinding wheels, wood, resin, metal embellishments, a decorative metal pocket watch, a resin embellishment, and watch parts.

The Story:

The Old Grind started life as The Daily Grind.  Then it became The Nightly Grind.  It has a sordid history.  This is the original The Daily Grind.  It was damaged when I tried to have a d-ring welded onto it.  The damage was minor, and only to the back of the piece.  However, it was one of two pieces accepted into the first gallery show I ever entered.  I made a new one for the gallery.  This one was spray-painted black (to cover the scorch marks on the back) & became The Nightly Grind.

I created both of the original “grind” pieces in 2008. ¬†After 8 years, I decided that¬†The Nightly Grind needed a facelift. ¬†I decided to try my hand at making it within the general aesthetic of steampunk. ¬†I started out painting it metallic copper. ¬†Then I realized I had nothing to coordinate with copper. ¬†I repainted it with an antique gold spray paint.

This piece was coming along rather nicely. ¬†I finally found a piece of wood that fit the largest grinding wheel perfectly. ¬†I found that nice resin embellishment on the middle wheel & painting it to look more like wood. ¬†I was pleased. ¬†After all the adhesives cured, I hung it on the wall to photograph it. That’s where it went awry.

There is a whole in the center of the larger grinding wheels, it’s how they attach to the grinder. ¬†When I attached the new hanging hardware, I neglected to realize the wire would run directly across that hole. ¬†When I hung it up for photographing, I ended up hanging it not from the wire, but managed to balance the hole on the screw. ¬†At least it balanced long enough for me to take two steps back. ¬†CRASH it went and, of course, it hit the a light stand on the only really fragile part, the thin wood piece.

In the photograph you can see the damage to the wood. ¬†It’s in the upper left corner. ¬†I used this photo so you can see the damage clearly. ¬†I painted over it so it’s less noticeable now. ¬†I’m hoping that someone falls in love with it enough to buy it at the discounted price (which is less than the cost of materials).

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