Carving Jewelry Prototypes



Carving Jewelry

The tools necessary for the intricate work of carving jewelry is very different from those I use on larger scale pieces. I have to put together custom vises, micro chisels and use the most delicate drills on my Dremel to put these pieces together.

Carving Jewelry

It all has a very ‘Geppetto’ like feel!

 

LED Ropelights



LED Rim Lighting

I’m finally experimenting with LED ropelighting kits to place along the perimeter of our pieces. The upside is these pieces no longer need to be set on a window in order to take full advantage of the translucent effects of the stained glass. They can be mounted on walls and glow internally with illumination that can be adjusted in intensity. Several of the ropelight kits we’ve tried have included remote controls or allow the color of the light to be changed. The lone downside is cord.

The upside? Some kits we’re playing with are Alexa compatible! So in the near future you may be able to cause your beautiful wood and stained glass sculpture to glow with nothing more than you’re voice.

More to come soon….and Merry Christmas!

 

Finished Olive Tree



Finished Olive Tree

Months of concept designing, prototyping, custom laser cutting, hand carving, and mountains of sand paper later…..the Olive Tree has finally come together. The tree and branches form the centerpiece of the largest component of the 9 piece commission. The trunk is to be lacquered while the leaves will be individually painted.

The trunk was stained, sanded, stained again, sanded again in repeated, iterative layers. The final results are what I was hoping for. This was a tremendous amount of work. And to be honest…..I kinda underbid. But I think the client is really going to be happy with the final design.

 

Commission Progress



Grand Bazaar Seal

This intricate piece of design work is an iteration of the Great Seal over the North Entrance to the Grand Bazaar in Instanbul! The insane level of detail that went into the piece was downright carpal tunnel inducing. It was finished with flat green paint as the background and a high density golden metallic paint for the raised finish.

 

A new commission!



Chichen Itza

A recent commission has given me the opportunity to explore recreating the organic undulations of ancient trees. Created with layers of laser cut and then hand tooled poplar, this is my first attempt at an olive tree. With the final installation being 4′ by 8′, I’m getting to experiment on a scale I rarely get to work with.

This tree will eventually become one of 9 separate pieces that can be broken down for shipping and reassembled at the installation site.

 

 

Initial Octopus Concept Sketch



 

The initial sketch of an octopus design is finally finished. And it still needs quite a bit of work. While I like the overall composition, the tenticales still need refinement. I imagine the piece on a piece of rippled orange stained glass, or perhaps on a bed of aqua blue flattened marbles. This is a design done for the simple love of the elegant, flowing lines of the piece. I don’t have a particular client, genre or motif in mind.

 

Gecko Concept Designs



A few concepts that are being reworked. This particular design will eventually encompass hibiscus blossoms, a Gecko, a butterfly, and rippled blue or green stained glass as a backing. Its approximate height will be 20″. This design is particularly tricky as leaves and branches behind the main design elements have to recede into the background while at the same time reinforcing the visual flow of the piece. If there are too many branches, or too many leaves, the simple beauty of the glass may be covered up. And a suitable frame for the entire work is still a challenge.

 


This may be the first shadowbox piece we produce.

 
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