|Project by Heidi Neely||posted 09-25-2009 08:19 PM||1688 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
I completed this “experimental” project back in July, but I forgot all about it until my mom reminded me durring a recent phone call. It’s as they say “out of sight, out of mind”....it was a gift for my mom that I mailed off to her once it was complete. Hippos are one of her favorite animals, so when I saw the original pic (especially since it’s a Mom and her baby) I thought it was a perfect practice carving for me and gift for her to recieve from her daughter. I also wanted to encorporate some mosaics into it because it’s always something that I’ve wanted to try, and I thought the mixed-media would give it a little extra interest. The final result wasn’t exactly what I had invisioned when I started out on it….but like I said it was somewhat of an experiment for me. She liked it (well, probably the fact that I took the time and made it for her…more the thought behind it, then the actial carving).
Keith helped me out with the construction of the frame part because it needed to be mitered and I wanted it to have a “lip” all the way around to hold the grout with the tiles in it. The small dowel pieces on all 4 sides that hold the frame onto the carving itself was Keith’s creative idea as well. Let me just add how sweet Keith is to stop whatever he himself is busy making in order to help me out with stuff like this that I need his assistance on. Now THAT’S a great guy for ya!! : )
Anyhow, this is most definately not one of my best carvings by far (I was somewhat dissappointed in myself for feeling like my skills went backwards on this…instead of progressing), but I thought it was something just a little different then the “norm” to share here with everyone. Thanks for looking!
-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”