|Project by swirlsandburls||posted 02-27-2009 09:41 PM||2137 views||6 times favorited||23 comments|
This Red Morrell Aussie burl was not very thick, and so I knew I was going to have to add depth somehow in the design. I had been doing stone inlay in other, less expensive blanks. I decided to take a deep breath and start carving, adding a rim groove on the lathe and then the tree itself. I decided to make the roots flow through the rim. The flowers are very small, and each has five petals and has a black center, about the size of a pin-head. (Lots of tweezer time!) The minerals I used include flourite in the rim (over a gilded base), a mix of aragonite, selenite, anthracite, bitoite, and limonite for the tree, and calcite for the flowers. Finished in a tung-oil wiping varnish, waxed and buffed. It sold immediately!
-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general