Archive for April, 2013

on the bench – grub April 29th, 2013

Making the scarab larva from part of the narwhal horn slice:

grubsketch

 

grubcarve

 

 

grubmatrix

 

 

grubeyeinlay

Burnishing the inlay of gold leaf in eye socket.

 

ababinv_grub1

 

ababinv_grubfinal

 

shots from the bench- currently in progress: a.a.i. April 2nd, 2013

 

wallofhearts

Wall of hearts: a plethora of sketches for the reverse of the disk.  It’s taken a year + for the elements of this piece to become clear, and the selection of just the right image for the reverse concluded the initial design process. It’s not unusual for talismanic pieces for a particular individual to take months to formulate. Some come quickly, others take time, depending on the complexity of the forces to be housed and my ability to determine right relationship between the appropriate images and materials once they are discovered.

abyssusabyssuminvocat_heartsketch

Version selected- this image will be transferred to the bloodwood panel, and the image will be carved into it once fixed to the ebony base.

pressingdisks

 

The foundation is made: two pieces of ebony, with one layer of bloodwood between them are laminated together between steel pressing disks. When cut, a thin red line will show in the center of the outside perimeter face.

aai_parts

Parts and patterns for obverse and reverse of disk.

larvapcs

 

khepemerges

Khepera emerges from an ebony blank.

pearlinthehole

A recess is made in the center of the finished ebony/bloodwood foundation disk plate, and a single 2mm pearl is placed inside. The hole is then filled and sealed with ebony.

pearlinthehole_clsp The hidden pearl in the hole at the heart of the disk.

legendinlay

The hole in the center has been completely sealed and cured, and next the hand-cut and inlaid motto in bronze 220 is itself inlaid into the cavity carved in the disk.

legendandimageinlay

Next, the bloodwood panel is inlaid and the entire piece is placed under the pressing disks for 24 hours.

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