|Project by savannah505||posted 05-25-2009 06:52 AM||2194 views||5 times favorited||20 comments|
Manta rays sculpted from Black Galaxy granite with Golden Ambrosia granite base. This granite is a little more stable than my other “ray” sculpture I just posted, but still I sweated doing the thin tail and the wing tips, especially baby, I was holding him in my hand grinding and polishing him at times. Kept expecting him to take flight on me via the grinder express. I bored holes in the bottom of these with a diamond bit, and put in threaded inserts to mount them to rods I placed in the base. Then coral trimmed to fit underneath to help hide the rods. I mounted the coral by boring 16th in holes in the bottoms with a diamond bit, and then used trimmed to length finish nails with epoxy and of course same procedure in making holes in base. I really liked the sweeping motion of the wings on these, especially the front adult, with both tips in the upward position, the trailing adult is in a turn, so one tip is down and the other up, much like a plane would fly through the air, just as nature does it’s thing, with how the rays “fly” through the water. This like the other piece I posted took about 40 hours to complete, and is also for sale. I may be sending these to Key West for an art gallery.
-- Dan Wiggins