What was added was at the bottom was the wooden block with wires around it (thanks, Deb), some moss-covered branches, a tiny red feather, the transparency (with the Chinese writing still showing through, which you can't see on this photo), some bamboo edging the transparency (also from Marlene), and a tall bottle holding moss and eggs fastened to the side tied with tea-dyed cheesecloth.
Many items are fastened down with Golden gel medium, as well as screws, L brackets, wire and more permanent methods of attachment. At one of my first shows, I found people were fascinated enough to want to touch and pull on things and realized that the objects needed to be fastened down very securely. Also when shipping works for shows, strong attachments are essential to keep the piece intact while it is being bounced from one side of the country to another. So I continue to rely on glues as little as possible, and when I do use them, they are gel medium, The Ultimate, or construction-grade adhesives from the hardware store. For paper to paper, I often use Yes! glue.
The piece has a couple little changes since the photo. In taking apart a decorative metal piece yesterday, I acquired a lovely piece that now dangles from the bottom, making it all seem more grand somehow. Friend Jennifer (that's 4 friends' contributions to this piece) recently gave me a bag full of baby crabs that had been encased in a dome of clear resin. One of those now sits on top of the wooden piece at the bottom from Deb. It's complete. Time to move on to another piece. Off to the studio...
(Number 4, copyright 2010 by Diane Lou.)