Archeological Finds

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Project by rcwoodturning posted 01-31-2010 04:41 AM 1355 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oak pots, inspired by Richard Raffan. Left, 4 1/2”w x 3 1/2” h, ferrous oxide. Right, 5”w x 4”h, ferrous oxide, irridescent gold, verdigris. Front, 4”w x 2 1/2”h, black gesso base layer, verdigris, irridescent gold, red acrylic. All have round bottoms, back two were left somewhat thick to mimic pottery, as if they were found during an archeological dig.

C & C’s welcome.

-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 04:32 PM

Very different type of finnish, I’ve never seem something like that.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 04:35 PM

Those are in very good condition for pottery coming from an archaeological site :)

I would (if I had your talent) see if you can make them look like re-assembled pots from broken bits. I think that would be another project.

Nevertheless, the finishing is great on them.

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 05:21 PM

Good shape and a interesting finish…Is that the name of the acrylic finish or do you use actual ferrous oxide solution?

-- Ray,Iowa

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 07:42 PM

Thanks to all for your comments!

mtkate, that’s an interesting idea, might attempt it sometime down the road. I have some Chimu pottery in my collection, that although chipped and scratched, are not broken…they survived a dig, so I’m on one right track here.

Ray, I use Modern Masters metal effects acrylic paints and oxidizing agents. I get mine from an artist supply shop here in town, but I’ve seen similar at Michaels. The paints have actual bits of copper and iron in them, respectively, and the oxidizer is a weak nitric acid, which accelerates oxidation. If you decide you want to try this, I would recommend latex gloves, as the acid, weak as it might be, will let you know where the cuts are on your hands…don’t ask me how I know this.


-- Somewhere out there in the woodpile is what I seek...

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 06:04 PM

Unique finish for sure

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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