This piece was begun before Hurricane Ike. In the time afterwards, with no power and not much to do, this piece was carved by hand, both the tagua nut (better known as vegetable ivory) and the llanite tail, by the daylight in my sunroom. Llanite is a stone which occurs in Llano County, Texas, and, as far as I know, nowhere else in the world. The brain coral is cast bronze which was made by making a clay impression with an actual coral, and then a wax poured into that mold, and the wax burned out and cast. The coral which constitutes her stand is fabricated brass rod. Her hair and belt are made of sterling silver from a carved wax and the belt is set with a moonstone, sapphires, garnets, tanzanites and citrines. She is a pendant and measures about 4.5” tall.
I must admit that this piece is very special to me. Often when working with so many different materials, horrible and unexpected difficulties arise. This one is unique in that everything went right.
6.25”H x 3.25”W x 4.5”D