Sol 26* Cancer
Luna wx in Sagittarius, 78%v
Abyssus Abyssum Invocat
ebony, bloodwood, pink ivory wood, narwhal horn, brass, sterling, gold
11.4cm diameter X 1cm (4.5 in. dia. x .40 in.)
“Abyssus abyssum invocat in voce cataractum tuarum;
Omnes gurgites tui et fluctus tui super me transierunt.”
Work on the disk continues…
Next, the interlocking inlay pieces for the Khepera and Sun obverse are cut and filed (and filed, and filed) until they fit tightly together. The Sun disk is a slice of narwhal horn, and the wheel-corona is made of a thin slice of ebony.
These pieces are then test-fit onto the foundation disk. Their outlines are marked, and a cavity is routed to allow the inlays to seat down firmly into the (itself inlaid) recess.
Once adjusted and fit, The narwhal horn pieces are fixed in place, and the floor of the “grub cave” is covered with a mix of red woods similar to what constitutes the inlaid red circle at the perimeter. The wheel and scarab are installed next, and the process of final refinement and cleanup begins.
The installation and rough carving of the heart panel on the reverse has just been done in this image.
The same side after more refinement and polishing. The silver signature cartouche is visible at the bottom.
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.
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.
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.
Parts and patterns for obverse and reverse of disk.
Khepera emerges from an ebony blank.
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.
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.
Next, the bloodwood panel is inlaid and the entire piece is placed under the pressing disks for 24 hours.
Sol 6* Capricorn
Luna FULL in Cancer
sterling silver, copper, rose quartz, miniature ceramic feet
5.4cm x 4.0cm x 3.0cm (2.15 in. x 1.6 in. x 1.2 in.)
For moving on.
Charm of silver and rose quartz with turning quartz element mounted on small raku feet. The outer ring is stamped with the charge “turn and go”, and is pierced with two clubs and two spades representing the Two of Wands (Dominion) and the Two of Swords (Peace) in the Tarot deck. They ward the stone at center.
The back of the quartz setting is pierced with two hearts representing the Two of Cups (Love), allowing the two hearts to flash with light through the stone as it is turned.
The feet are capped with copper diamonds, representing the Two of Disks (Change). May they carry the bearer onward to a healed heart and a renewed self.
Sol 2* Sagittarius, Luna in Leo wx 81*v
1962 British halfpenny, sterling silver, copper, 14kt gold, diamond
2.5cm x 0.25cm (1.0 in. x 0.09 in.) Coin-sized, to fit easily into a pocket or wallet.
Obverse: three concentric circles with golden heart and watchful eyes, inscribed with three line charm made from anagrams of the 11 letter phrase “safe travels”:
VALES FAR SET / FAST REVEALS / A VASTER SELF
Reverse: sailing ship with guiding star.
Kitten Tooth Reliquary Pendant
sterling silver, gold leaf, moonstone, resin, rice paper, kitten tooth
pendant: 3.2 cm x 2.0 cm x .35cm ( 1.25 in. x 0.75 in. x 0.125 in.)
moonstone element: 1.2 cm x 0.7 cm x 0.5cm (0.5 in. x 0.32 in. x 0.19 in.)
Reliquary pendant made to contain shed kitten tooth. Inscription of name and date on reverse (not shown).
Luna wn 95%v
It’s been quiet over here for a little while. My trusty little camera finally gave up the ghost a couple of months ago, and so there have been no pictures of what’s on the bench lately. It’s just as well as it’s been quiet in terms of developing pieces, too. There is some tectonic shifting going on inside me and it feels best to let it finish what it’s doing before launching into the next phase of works. I need to put some things down, listen, and make some choices.
Newly freed from some old burdens, it is yet to be seen what will grow into that space. It’s wonderful but…well…quiet.
More to come for sure. But for now, some space.