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More RBS

March 16, 2009

Stain/design testI don’t usually start staining w/o a solid design in mind, but thought I’d try it on this one.  It makes sense, since I’m working with someone elses’ work.  They need to happily co-exist…or something.  It also gave me a chance to see how my latest stain purchases work with the older ones.   So, I latched on to the best part or two of my sketches and went to work.  I’m using a rather warped piece of pine that is both too long and too narrow — but close enough for testing and sampling.

There’s my trusty bone folder.  It’s that flat, plastic bookmark-looking thing at the top next to the tape.  I use it to burnish the edges of the tape.  The stain likes to spread everywhere if I’m not careful. Yes, I run the bone folder over ever single edge of tape.  Carefully.  I can always tell when I’m too tired to work, because I’ll miss an edge and end up with stain seeping into the next part of the work.  Which means more effort in the long run.  Best to be conscientious in the first place.

Without

With marble

Brainstorming

March 11, 2009

The rolling ball sculpture is in my house.  Tom’s part is done for now.  I’ve been working out some ideas in my head.  And by that I mean that I’ve spent quite a bit of time running those marbles through their paces.  Getting a feel for the sculpture, and how someone else might interact with it. Sometimes the marbles are sent together, sometimes spaced out a bit.  I’ve even been know to set them free somewhere in the middle of the run.  It’s all part of the process, you’ll just have to trust me on that.

In motion?

I feel I have three different ways that the base could go.

  • something simple, with little competition against what’s happening above
  • play up the spirals, with concentric circles, mimicing the sculpture
  • enhance the twirling aspect with designs with movement

Or, maybe a compination of all three?  In an effort to learn more about RBS, I’ve googled.  Here’s one with a traingular base and one made of wood.  And one out of Legos!