Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mardi Gras Dark Chocolate Goose

A chocolate mold in the shape of a goose.  I used a gun finishing compound designed for old muzzle loaders that gives a plum brown color to oxidize, 'cause I was really thinking about chocolate. Then I made two chain fragments with old wooden rosary beads, with a hazelnut I found in the woods -- a lucky hazelnut because it escaped the squirrels.  And some wonderful swirly glass beads that look like chocolate and buttercream, and more of my beautiful antique gold lame soutache braid.  And the piece de resistance, an old feve (king cake charm).  It all seems to be about mardi gras, that last bit of indulgence before Lent.

My love for Nola will never die.

I collaged in a bit of text from a French
language grammar on the back.

A close up of the feve, which is an old custom -- 
they are baked into a "king cake" as a charm for
a lucky person.  In most places, the king cake
is a custom for just after Christmas, the feast of the
three kings, but in dear, sweet Nola, the king
cake comes before Lent.

Just as with the Watch Cat, this one is very comfortable, light weight, and quite girly, for all the somber, oxidized, antiquey color.  It's French Quarter-ish, to my mind.  Who dat?

Listed in my Etsy shop here.


  1. zomg- duck is so cute, its redonk. the leafing is the perfect touch to make it come to life. the detail in the feve is amazing. im very curious about this gun finishing compound now...

  2. yeah me too. gun finishing what cha mit...hey...i remember that smell of gun cleaning fluid when they stuff a soft rag down the gun barrel...smelt so this day reminds me of my brother and pop.