|Project by Mark Wilson||posted 01-21-2016 09:33 AM||1232 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
This Thing spent about two-and-a-half months in a box, reflecting on its behavior. I got it out this week, as a way of taking a break from the handful of Things that have been giving me nightmares for the past couple weeks. So, Tuesday, out it came. I had posted a five-part Blog on it last November. The Final Installment:
I made the wing-ed top thinner, did some more shaping on the upper part of the outside (ball-like) part. I had gone inside with my nicely sharp tools, including my home made hollowing tools, and was really coming along. The lower part of the outside, being filled with crushed quartz, was something I decided not to mess with any further, aside from sanding and refinishing (I had completely finished the outside, back in Nov.). But the upper part, above the crease, I did much more refining of. In the process, it got too thin, and spun off. The ball-like bowl of the Thing remained in the chuck. So I continued.
It turned out to be a very nice-looking little bowl, on its own. My first consideration was, of course, to try to reattach it all. But it was far too thin thin. So I finished up the cute little (3-1/2” X 2”) bowl. Then, as I was walking down to Bonnie’s house, carrying the two pieces, they kinda fell together in my hand, and I thought, Well, that looks nice. This “falling together” created the look I had been after, prior to the separation. It was to appear as a ball-shaped bowl with a wing-ed platter, of sorts, set down over it. Except for the lack of a defining line where the “lip-of-the-bowl” emerges through the wing, the “falling together” pretty much nailed it. (I may yet do some more handwork on the wing-ed part – it can’t be chucked back up.)
The really good part of the experience, and the part that I really got a kick out of, was that I was able, because of the separation, to refine the inside of the bowl, and thin it up. (I’ve developed, lately, a strong fetish for “eggshell thin.”) Well, sir, I saw light coming through that Quartz filler, and had to know just how thin I could get away with. It looks like a little stained-glass window. I love it. And the best part? It remained intact! Also, the wood filler (unknown wood – Mahogany?), also stayed put.
Fortunately, before the “un-commanded departure from controlled flight”, I had finished the wing-ed bit to my satisfaction. (Isn’t that always the way? You get a Thing almost there, and you decide that “just a little more work on this part” is called for. Sometimes, it comes out alright. Don’t you think?