This is the 3rd piece in my "Brushstrokes" series inspired by color splotches and brushstrokes...
I'm trying out the "multiple views" for one submission idea again. It seems to work well with this piece as all the views relate very well to one another.
This piece was blown solo, with no assistants at Scott benefield's studio back in October '05. I just finished the engraving on it as well. It will be one of the first new pieces to go on my "new" website, which should be going live by the end of the month.
The piece took about 4½ hours to blow, and then I spent around 15 hours engraving it... It's a 5 part encalmo, switch axis.
An origami triskell I folded for a friend after he told me he is going to have one tattoed on his back.
(A triskell, not an origami).
It's a design I created a while ago and then left wandering around....
I'm not really satisfied of the folds on this one, they're not as neat as they should, but I was too lazy to look for another suitable piece of paper and start it over again.
What I find fascinating though is how you get curves from straight lines only
I made this the last day of metals class just to have something for critique. For a three hour endevour, it turned out rather well. The shapes represent the four sacred chinese animals, the dragon, the tortoise, the ki'lin, and the pheonix. It's just a little, tiny, lidless box.
Ah, before I get any more comments on this, I drew my sources for the four animals from a book. Two folk now say that the unicorn-type beast ought to be a tiger instead. I'm not saying that other people are wrong; the book could very well be. Or it could be either depending on where you are in the country or depending on the era you draw from. That's the way of culture. In anycase, if I'm totally off, I apologize, especially if I offend someone over it. I really didn't want to. I thought I could trust published material, but I guess not. On the matter of the tortoise, I know the oriental depiction is very different, but I decided on a more realistic one just out of artistic choice. I liked the large, positive space, and had it had that long neck in there, it would have a different shape than I wanted.
Drinking horns with leather fittings and beads. Inside treated with beeswax. They were displayed for sale at a medieval event.
EDIT : More details
top : leather lacing braided on leather band (my favorite)
2nd : celtic patterns painted with gold paint on a dark read leather band
3rd : pewter swirls with brown beads (I have a limited supply of those pewter pieces, I have some bronze colored ones too, not sure If I have enough silver ones for another horn like that)
bottom : XXXX stitching with linen thread, the word Frey (fertility god) in runes is stamped on the top band (not really visible from this angle) and the rune Jara (Harvest) is on the bottom band.
I do comission horns. These ones were all sold, but it gives ideas of what can be done. I normally work with what the shape, color and size of the horn inspires me. These ones are on the smallish size, they will hold about 350 mL of beverage. Bigger ones are available, yet a little harder to find. Please look in my gallery for other horns and rune amulets for samples of leather colors and design ideas.
These are 3 masks that I made for the NH Renaissance Faire & Samhain Celebration: [link] The one on the left, (gold/copper), is the Queen's, the green mask was for her suitor/king-to-be and the mauve mask was for the Queen's lady-in-waiting. This is a new type of material/process for me but I am pretty happy with the results. These are all one of a kind and handmade/handpainted. The Queen's mask is for sale at $88.oo + s/h and the lady-in-waiting's mask is also for sale at $78.oo + s/h. These were used for the faire and are collectible as such.