|Project by EPJartisan||posted 12-05-2010 10:41 PM||3150 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
Our annual Spirit Camp retreat is my favorite time to give people wands as gifts, but the friend that got this one inspired me to make a bat, and it was one of those… “what the hell does a bat REALLY look like…” which lead to a lot of researching the Chiroptera order… all across the world, their exotic types and habits… even to now know that our north American brown bats are being decimated by a white fungus (white nose syndrome)... bats are pollinators and one of the top insect eaters we have on this continent, so this is not good for OUR crops and health… i digress. back to the project :)
So the Bat Wand was born from a three month gestation period of research and clay models. He is made of Gabon Ebony and African Black wood. The glue seam is invisible, which really excited me to do more detail than i was expecting. Modeled after a south american fruit bat and a north american brown bat, but really… bats are really weird looking, so I took liberty to make him more “iconic” bat with a slight smile. I have to make a stand for him, and eventually inset garnet eyes, but I gave it to my friend last night at his Winter Solstice party. Sorry for the bad pictures.. you can tell I didn’t major in photography.
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