Next Step in Carving the Ear Wing

 

I’m bringing out the ear more and then I drew out the idea of the feathers so you can see how I follow the shapes as much as I can. Now it’s time to carve out the feather shapes.

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Carving the Wing

As you can see in the first picture I have a lump at the top of what I see as a wing shape. I tried to line it out with the pencil but it may be a little hard to see. On the left you can see how I’ve carved off that lump and created more of a curve.

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Coming Along

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I carved out the face a bit more, the eye is a little more detailed. I’ve also carved out a bit of something on the side of the head. Can you see where I’m going with this?  It’s an odd one for sure, and I already love it!!!

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Next Step in Carving

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So now you can start to see what I was seeing in this rock. There is this face but what is going on around the head?!? I have my ideas but I’m curious what other people might see. I’ll give you a hint…..rocks always seem to dream of flying!!!!!

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New Stone Sculpture Project

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Happy New Year everyone!!! Many blessings and love.

I am starting a new driftwood piece. I call these my medicine pieces as I feel they are full of different energies. Can you see what I see in this piece of brazilian soapstone? I just touched it half way up on the left side. I will let your imaginations flow until tomorrow!!!

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Finished Stone Sculpture!

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So I chose to mount it on a rough rock to contrast with the smooth polished black of this finished sculpture. This was such a beautiful rock to work with. I oiled the parts that look really black and because I polished to 1200 grit it is really shiny! For contrast in the carving itself I made sure the rabbit was textured with a riffler file which I had to touch up after the oiling because the oil seeps and moves a little into those areas I want to keep textured. I always make sure to texture the fur in the directions it would go on an actual rabbit! I use Lee Valley Polymerized Tung Oil. I will talk about why I use that oil in more detail at another time.

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Finessing the Sculpture

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As you can see I have fine tuned the rabbit head. I have given it a texture using a riffler file. This is usually the only time I use a file, to add texture.

All the elements are brought together by the hair almost braiding between the two faces. This stone sculpture has been smoothed out with a knife. There is still a bit more cleaning up to do with the surface and the next step is wet sanding and knifing. I start out at about a 220 grit and go to an 800 grit which gives this stone a polish. If I’m really picky about polish I might go to 1200 grit.

 

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