I've been trying for several weeks to make a piece of art consisting of pennies I have found on the street while I walk. My vision is clear -- the pennies are suspended from a grid of thread that hangs from a wood piece. But executing that vision has turned out to be a flaming pain in the butt.
Plan A was to stitch the grid by hand onto a foundation of Solvy. I put dots on the Solvy to show where the pennies should go, then I sewed around the pennies with blanket stitch.
I cut the pennies away and moved to Plan B. This time I would switch to the sewing machine and make a base grid on the Solvy, then stitch around each penny. That seemed to work just fine, until I dissolved the Solvy and realized that several of the pennies had slipped out of their cages. Besides, I didn't like the way the Solvy was behaving -- it didn't want to totally dissolve, and the pennies and the thread were decidedly slimy no matter how many times I rinsed.
Plan A was looking pretty good by this time. Why had I abandoned it anyway? But I had a lovely base grid finished, and it seemed way too late to go back. I need the piece finished in the next couple of days for a show that opens on Friday.
Plan D. The DIY slacker's friend: the hot glue gun. Last night I glued the pennies to the grid. I guess a true slacker would just declare victory and attach the grid to its armature. But I'm not sure the glue will hold, and besides, I have always wanted the look of the pennies "tied up" to the grid with some kind of stitched cage.