"Natural Death" locket

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Project by dreadhead posted 08-12-2009 01:23 AM 3672 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Natural Death

This piece was my commentary on the way no one seams to die a natural death anymore. The wood pill symbolizes an organic form of modern day medicine so many people rely on.

The piece measures 2 1/4 inch tall. The coffin was fabricated out of sheet copper that I acid etched with wood grain to give it some texture. Every part of this was made from scratch including the hinges I made from brass tube. the shape of the pill was hydraulic pressed into the lid piece, to give it that popped out look. The box is supposed to represent a coffin, but the traditional coffin shape was to sharp, so I rounded the top, and added a “cut off branch” shape to the side. The medical cross was cut through the lid, when the lid is closed the paduak shows through the cut out. The pill itself was turned from a scrap of box elder burl and a piece of padauk. The bracket that holds the pill was also fabricated from copper. Everything is soldered together with silver solder, and the pill is held into place by a little piece of rawhide. It is not removable for this is a sculptural piece, and not functional.

The pill is finished with a polyacrylic, and the coffin is finished with a liver of sulfur patina that I partially sanded to bring out the woodgrain texture.

I know there is not much wood in this one, but i felt like i had to share it with you guys.

Oh and the last picture is my morning vitamins to get my day started :)

Thanks for lookin

-- - Marco

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#1 posted 08-12-2009 01:40 AM

This is hilarious! Well done Dread!

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#2 posted 08-12-2009 02:01 AM

You are a craftsman indeed : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 08-12-2009 02:31 AM

Great workmanship! Great imagination!

Love the “morning vitamins”. Very inspirational.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 08-12-2009 03:03 AM

Nice imagination..used to have the same when i smoked a joint and then smoked two more. Then grew up and moved out of moms basement. Just joking you’ll probaly have a million dollar exibit at some artsy fartsy show and live in a mansion somewhere in beverly hills.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Buy another tool !!

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#5 posted 08-12-2009 12:23 PM

intriguing. and the work: masterful.
thank you

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-12-2009 11:08 PM

I like this. It seems an apposite entry: the paper this morning has an article about our health service being slagged off as part of the opposition to President Obama’s reforms; it sounds like you think people are too medicine reliant. I’d like to be able to tell these critics that, in Britain, people aren’t generally taken out of hospitals and left to die in the car park. Nice work: ignore the sarcy above.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#7 posted 08-13-2009 08:06 PM

Unique and stimulating pieces of sculpture. Very meaningful in this day and age of drug dependence and alcohol abuse and the way our medical profession unknowingly propagate the entire thing. The overuse of drugs is very real to me since I have cancer and have been on many prescriptions for years. Drugs are toxins, and most people do not realize that fact. Thank you very much for sharing a stark fact of our society and the use of drugs.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 09:15 PM

Cool piece, mann it must take a lot of milk to get those vitamins down LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 09:35 PM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 09-05-2009 09:19 AM

Your imagination is beyond my thought.
Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 09-25-2009 11:42 AM

Great Job. I love it when someone thinks “Outside the box”” as it were. Look at “SteamPunk”

-- Three Hands- It's better to burn out..than to fade away. Stonecutter, copper, Offical putzer, proprieter of not making a profit (non-profit) woodworking shop, and possibly mental wizard

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