Butterfly Interaction

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Project by TJ65 posted 12-12-2010 03:23 AM 3135 views 2 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was done initially when I was on holiday for a couple of days down the coast. I found the wood which I believe is a piece of Banksia which had literally snapped off the trunk and was rolling around on the sand. The main shape of the piece found was worked around and not altered much but to try to enhance what was already there. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo before carving it, as I well…. hid some chisels away in the car and took them away with us. So when I had some time I started on the hand then. Very peaceful being able to look at the beach and carve. Having said that I didn’t get all that much done and the rest was finished in the workshop.
Now after the hand was all finished it sat there for a while as it looked a little ‘boring’, so it waited for a couple of weeks until the concept of the butterfly conceived. Now you would have thought that that part would be the easiest. Well let me tell you it was the complete opposite- I must have made up to 10 different butterflies and had ideas for many more. Each one that was actually completed, never made the grade for one reason or another, colour, size, to heavy looking etc. So what seemed like forever I finally found this piece of Rosewood (I think) and made this little fella. But still he wasn’t enough until I decided to make him into a real looking butterfly by adding legs and antennae. However then the rest of the hand was missing something, so the potato vine concept was tried and added. That was a trial in itself, the carving bit was easy how to attach it was another thing. Several different ideas were thrown around and tried. I ended up getting some artist wire and twisting loops along the length to which I would then glue the leaves to. The flowers are stuck onto florist wire and then placed into drilled holes directly into the timber.
Flowers and leaves are made from Huon pine
The Hand is waxed to keep a skin like appearance, the flowers are washed very lightly with white paint and then clear matt varnish, leaves are coated with white shellac

The butterflies in the last picture are some of the variety that was made. A couple were scrolled then glass was added into the holes and then a resin poured over the top. I will no doubt be using them in other projects as they turned out nice but just not for this project. One was a burl that was book matched. The couple on the side were pieces of a burl that I had left over.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 03:29 AM

very nice very creative great job

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 03:36 AM

Unique and wonderful. So well done.

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 03:39 AM

This is such an interesting piece! Well done and shows great imagination.

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 03:43 AM

Very beautiful! Thank you for sharing the story of how you created it too. You did a great job!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 03:43 AM

Cool. And looking forward to seeing more projects incorporating the butterflies.

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#6 posted 12-12-2010 03:45 AM

wow that really takes a lot of skill to accomplish..very nice

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#7 posted 12-12-2010 03:47 AM

This piece is amazing. You are VERY creative. I really really like what you’ve done.

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#8 posted 12-12-2010 03:49 AM

TJ65 Your piece of art shows wonderful creativity as well as a lot of thought as how to proceed with your project. It came together beautifully!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#9 posted 12-12-2010 04:03 AM


What an original carving! We can’t wait to see what you do with all those other beautiful butterflies. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 05:08 AM

that is totally awesome TJ.. just beautiful

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#11 posted 12-12-2010 06:13 AM

Very cool story and great results!

I’ve had many pieces sit for long periods before and idea comes for a particular piece. I know it’s good for something, but can’t figure it out for a while.

You really came up with some great ideas.

Love the butterflies!! They all look great. Love the variety, that’s what are cool about butterflies anyway.

Great looking hand and what better to hold than a butterfly, so cool. Great job…................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 12-12-2010 08:23 AM


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#13 posted 12-12-2010 08:38 AM

Wow TJ, this is a cinderallea piece from a scrap to a beauty, and you only worried it for a week or so, I have had pieces that have plagued me for almost 20 years, you are one very tallented Lady, I hope you dont mind me adding you to my buddy list, I dont want to miss any new pieces. I feel like shaking hands with this one.
You would be the Border Control worry hiding “deadly weapons” in your gear! lol -:)

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#14 posted 12-12-2010 10:16 AM


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#15 posted 12-12-2010 10:41 AM

Thankyou so much everyone. This certainly was a little different for me.
It was started during the shoe carving exercise and since I was doing that I thought maybe I could do this too. As it turned out – I could. The shoe challenge certainly opened up many different avenues for me and I believe this is just the beginning of a long journey. Again, Jordan, Thankyou.

-- Theresa,

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