Shell Form with Alternating Flat Knots

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Shell Form with Alternating Flat Knots

2,400.00

Shell Form features flat knots worked in an alternating pattern to create a delicate open feature, inspired by sea creatures that create delicate structures around themselves as protection. The knots once cast become forever preserved in bronze and offers a view into the interior of the sculpture which is mounted onto a plinth at a slight angle.

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Shell Form features flat knots worked in an alternating pattern to create a delicate open feature, inspired by sea creatures that create delicate structures around themselves as protection. The knots once cast become forever preserved in bronze and offers a view into the interior of the sculpture which is mounted onto a plinth at a slight angle.

How Its Made: Each sculpture begins with a sketch and an idea of size and scale required. A section of macrame is made on a cork board using waxed linen thread or dipped cotton cord. To create the hollow forms of the sculpture a negative solid core is required, made from a carved block of investment plaster. The final stage is bringing all the sections together, first the carved core is given a light sand and then the selected panel of macrame work is positioned and held in place with a series of waxed threads. Once the macrame is secured, the wax is worked onto the core and over the sides of the macrame panel until only small sections of knotting are remaining. The wax is sculpted and smoothed with a hot tool. This unique wax and linen sculpture is transported to the foundry to be transformed into bronze using the lost wax technique, where every individual knot and length of thread is preserved. The sculpture is finished with the artists signature stamp, given a polish of bees wax and attached onto it's plinth.

Bronze requires very little maintenance to keep it looking great for years to come, just a light polish with a bees wax based polish is all that it needs.