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Falling Gingko Leaves

I decided to take a break from metallic colors for a while and do some piercing while staying with the Oriental/Asian theme Ive been working with. The base was branded but I added a second brand to the pattern Ive been using. I made a third brand reflecting the outline of a Gingko tree leaf and applied it to the center ring and lid in a random orientation. The lid handle also has a Gingko brand. The center ring of the base, lid ring and lid handle were then textured around the Gingko leaves. The lid demanded a great deal of time. It had to be turned thick enough to support the inside lip, beads and texturing on the outside ring yet be consistently thin (1/16) for the pierced section and thick again for the beaded base for the handle. After a test piece I found using an inside and outside template worked best to insure the lid would meet these requirements. After turning the lid I branded the Gingko leaves and hand burned the pattern inside the outline. I then pierced around the leaves in a random pattern. The branded and textured sections were finished in black and the rest was lightly stained and the entire piece was then sealed. Your comments and critiques are welcomed.

Falling Gingko Leaves
billclark, Dec 10, 2010
    • James E Gaydos
      Very rich.
    • Jake Debski
      Absolutely stunning.
    • Dwight Bullock
      Great work Bill.
      Between the color contrast and the texture contrast, I find it hard to stop looking. Repeating the gingko leaves in piercing was pretty clever. The time, patients and attention to detail, obviously taken on this piece, has been well spent.
      It is just beautiful!
    • Robert Lane

      I love your work. Super!

    • Malcolm Ray
    • Lou Carbone
      That is amazing work. Gorgeous piece.
    • billclark
      Thanks everyone for the kind comments. The acceptance of one's work by his peers is most gratifying.
    • Art Betke
      Very well done! Everything blends together as if it belongs together, the proportions, the form, the colours.

      Question, I"m new here so it may have already been covered, but what do you mean by branding, or making a brand?
    • billclark
      Art, branding is a process where nichrome wire is formed into a shape (just like a cattle brand) and attached to a woodburning pen and then burned into the turned wood. In my work this brand is repeated to form a field (The black area) or done in a random pattern to outline the leaves. Hope this helps.
    • Art Betke
      Thanks Bill. Is this what one would use?

      And where would one usually find nichrome wire?
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