|Project by swirlsandburls||posted 09-19-2011 01:32 AM||2116 views||4 times favorited||6 comments|
Hi all, this piece is the second in a series using cherry crotch “sisters” that I sawed from the same blank (see Ancient Stump #1). This blank is in the shape of a cabochon, so there is no rim of any kind. I have decided I really like the form for doing this sort of inlay. I also experimented with adding two dyes along a grain line to suggest a horizon (the third pic shows the unfinished blank before dyeing). The inlay has a base of black biotite with gold foil interspersed. I selected the stones to allow the gold foil to shine through them (the raw stones are shown in the last pic). The stones are a mix of magenta fluorite, calcite of various colors, anthracite, and mica. The leaves are pure copper foil and placed to suggest an autumn wind. The finish is a tung oil wiping varnish, followed by the Beall system to polish the stones and wood background to near mirror finish. All commentary welcome!
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