spot the differences

The drawing on the left was my plan and only guideline. Most importantly for me was to find the right feel and that rough sketch captured that essence. There was some mathematics involved, but I've made this piece more by eye and gut feeling the anything else. It's only 0.5 mm out in hight, compared to the initial drawing. Besides that there is no comparison, it doesn't even come close :)

Just for fun i've added a few shells, to give that tiny little extra detail. 


Unfortunately the table top cracked across a color line, just a short while ago. I've no picture of that because the brittle edges are so easily damaged, i immediately glued it back together!  To show you the fractured marble could be saved the shiny proof of what elbow grease and micro mesh can do.

Have a great weekend,





59 comments:

  1. wooow !!! Wat een fantastisch werk..vakmanschap op schaal en zo perfect..Bent een geweldig miniaturiste !!!
    gr Edward

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    1. Hey Edward! Leuk dat je reageert, en dan ook nog deze woorden, juist van jou. Je prachtige houtsnijwerken zijn echt een inspiratie voor mij.

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  2. De tafel is echt heel mooi geworden. De schubben zijn echt perfect!!! En de schelpjes zijn een leuk detail. Knap stukje werk!

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  3. That is amazing work! I can't believe how small those shells are!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, but your work is as highly, or even more detailed then those wooden shells. Your painting finishes are something to aspire

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  4. You have really excelled yourself and created a Masterpiece!!! Congratulations on a fantastic job and may we see many more lovely pieces in the future coming from your skilled hands.

    Hope the finger is not too sore, have stabbed mine a few times over the last few days as well, carving can be dangerous ;-)

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    1. Are you putting me straight back to work? Who knows, I might, like you suggested, make a modern version of it too...?
      And what's this? Cut yourself, a few times even!? You poor thing, is it getting any better?

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  5. Excellent. Good idea with the shells. Such a small detail lifts a piece to an extra height. Lookong forward to see your next project.
    /Niels

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    1. No rest for the wicked, huh? You are too bad, putting me straight back to the workbench :) Well, i've got pleasing news then; im making a traveling box for it this weekend. Glad you like the shells, it was lacking that extra bit of interest. And what better way to stick with the nautical theme then a few washed up shells?

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  6. Hello Debora,
    Spectacular. I am in total awe of your amazing talent. The detail is so crisp and clean. Honestly, you did and absolutely fantastic job.
    Congreatulation!
    Hugs,
    Giac

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    1. Thank you very much. Especially from a guy like you that is "dancing around the ballroom like Fred Astaire" with your grand house. It sort of makes me feel like i'm tiptoeing like a ballet dancer on the same spot with such a small item :D

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  7. Hallo Debora, der Tisch ist so wunderschön geworden, das ist wirklich ein richtiges Meisterwerk. Die Schuppen auf den Fischschwänzen sehen wirklich gut aus. Man weiß wirklich nicht, wo man zuerst hin sehen soll. Jedes einzelne Detail ist so meisterhaft umgesetzt worden. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu diesem gelungenen Werk.
    Viele Grüße Rita

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  8. está fantástica!! Genial con las escamas, mucho más acabada!!
    Besitos

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    1. Wow, really? Thanks for saying that, but I can pinpoint at least a dozen flaws or points for improvement. So although i'm chuffed with it, i feel there is still loads of room for refinement.

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  10. Extraordinaire! Fantastique! J'en suis complètement speechless! Bravissimo!

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    1. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the shells too, nice touch---

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    2. You both opted to leave out the scales, so I'm thrilled you both still like it. Thanks

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  11. Hi Debora,
    The table is stunning! And the scales are perfect.
    And those tiny shells indeed a nice detail on this table.
    But what do I see......? Did you cut yourself(again, sorry)during this project?

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    1. Thanks Jeanette, I'm sad I cant visit the 1zu12 show in a few weeks. I seriously think a grand bouquet from your hand, placed on the top would be the best finish.

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  13. Oh my goodness! That is so beautiful. I love the scales, and the little shells at the bottom are a fun detail!

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    1. Thank you Eliza, miniatures should be fun, always! It makes me smile to notice you pick up on it

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  14. Debora, it's out of this world ! fabulous, wonderful, amazing ! Rosanna

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  15. Debora, What a fabulous piece!!! Every time you carve a new item you are just outdoing your last piece!! This is stunning. You are an exciting artist to foolow! I love your creative mind!

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    1. Thank you Patty. Without the intend to sound cocky, i'm glad I do feel the same. Each project turns better then the last, and so it should be. It means to me i'm still on a learning curve and that's whats making miniatures so much fun to me.

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  16. I am blown away by your carving, glad the marble went back together, you would never know it had broken.

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    1. Thanks Margaret. I had to look again myself the other day... :)

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  17. Wow! I can only add to what's already been said: AMAZING! And indeed nothing short of a museumpiece. Can I ask you, did you do something with the lines of the scales or did they just turn out a bit darker (by that I mean the grooves of the scales)? I love that, but am wondering if you need to add that with stain or anything or it comes with the carving. Hope you understand my question.. :)

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    1. Thanks for Monique. I think I understand your question. When carving the groove of the scale, i made make a cut in the wood, through the fibbers of the wood. These fibbers are long and thin, like drinking straws, and lie straight next to each other. The direction in which they lie is called the grain of the wood.

      The exposed ends of these fibbers, also called the end grain has the characteristic to absorb more moisture. Like a drinking straw again. Then the fibbers swell up but don't become any longer. That's why wood bends (perpendicular to the grain) when it becomes wet. And darkens when it gets wet. Because the end of the grain is the spot where wood fibbers absorb moisture that's the spot that darkens the most.

      So the cuts I've made to represent the scales darkened up a little bit more then the rest of the wood, after applying a coat of Danish Oil. Hmmm... long story all in all, hope it made sense and answers your question?

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  18. Exquisite! I like the little extra detail of the shells, so fitting for you!
    I'm sure if you do some searching in your family tree you will find you are a descendant of Grinling Gibbons :-)

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    1. You're joking, that man was a genius!!!

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  19. Wow, Debora, That is just so AMAZINGLY Beautiful! I LOVE the details on the Dolphins! and those tiny shells are Perfect! I am in LOVE! Your work is just Awesome!

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    1. Thank Betsy, wonderful you're in love :))) Love is the best feeling ever, and im humbled you blame this table. Enjoy!!

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  20. I'm always delighted to every detail.

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  21. Jeetje wat ben jij goed zeg.
    Het is echt schitterend wat je maakt.
    Ik ben erg onder de indruk van wat jij allemaal maakt.
    Groetjes, Alexandra.

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    1. Dankje en welkom hier. Hopelijk vind je hier een beetje inspiratie voor alle plannen voor, en bouw activiteiten aan je prachtige huis

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  22. Wonderful work! I thought the scales would finish the piece off beautifully but the addition of the tiny shells are such a clever detail that give it that extra wow factor. Well done =0)

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    1. Thanks Pepper! There is so much detail gone into it, that making a modern piece as next project is a really tempting option :) Crisp lines, smooth freshness and bright colors... hmmm :D

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    2. I really hope you do. I would LOVE to see your interpretation of a modern piece =0D

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  23. How is it possible to create something so perfect and beautiful?!
    Mona

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    1. Aaah, Mona, i just realize it isn't finished at all!!! The eyes still need a tiny little hole drilled into them, just like a shimmer! It was the last of the things need doing, and I simply forgot !?!? Pfff... silly me whaha. I'll get to it asap :D

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  24. Oh wow I love this piece. Beautiful work:)

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    1. Thank you Christel (AKA fimo magician)

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  25. I want whatever that they have injected into you, Debora! The scales, for me, have really added a lot to the piece, in a fabulously great way. It also reminded me of serpents and I love that this piece has the suggestion that it could be a mythical hybrid. The marble table top is also a perfect fit. It almost felt like the fishes were swimming under a rock or a perfect piece of jade.

    I see you have made boxes for your furniture. Are you parting with them?

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  26. Thanks for your kind & funny words. Don't know what it is myself, I'll ask Mom and Dad, ok? :))) Also love it every one picks up on the various things it has. I was taken by the hybrid part of them too, you know they are referred to as "mythical dolphins"? While they have features of fish, and some even look like they have dragon heads? In an Oriental style? It left room to design 'm as pleased, and make 'm fit the top that was the starting point of it all. And yah, the boxes are for the journey they will make ;-)

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  27. What a wonderful piece - I love it and Grinling Gibbons sprang to my mind to!!

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  28. Your work is fascinating and truly incredible!

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