I had been collecting a few things over the past several years that were made from living or once living objects. Was not sure why and then I thought these things would make a great chess set.
The set is cast in solid pewter and to get the black side black I soaked those pieces in ferric chloride for 40 minutes. After drying all of the pieces were clear coated in enamel.
I am still looking for object(s) that will be used for the knights.
Below is the progress on it.
The Castle - made from jumbo garlic stems.
The Bishop - Made from lobster claws.
The King - Made from a turkey bone.
The Queen - Made from a milk weed pod and the life casting of a female.
Not shown here is the Pawn which is made from a life casting of my daughters finger.
I have been working on a new piece for the 20th Anniversary of the Detroit Dirty Show coming up in February of 2019.
This piece is called Milking Station #7 and is 24"x24"x2.5". The entire system is powered by two small medical grade pumps (the green end caps), these are powered by two USB rechargeable battery packs. The yellow container holds enough liquid to charge the entire line of tubing. This is without a doubt one of the more involved pieces I've created.
Things are finally settling down after the move. My daughter and I closed on the house on June 28th and it has been non stop since! Below are images of the home and while most of the 1st floor is done we still have painting to do in the foyer and stairwell. I've also started work on the basement as you can see below. A quick wall deciding my work room from the game room. At the same time I required a small studio at 333 Midland which is about 8 minutes away. Will be doing my painting work there. It's good to be back in Detroit and its even better to be actively producing art again.
It's been a while folks and it has been crazy busy. I'm in the process of buying a house in Detroit with my daughter. A very cool really 19th century home with some cool history. The house was built in 1928 and is quite big. Big being the case I could not justify keeping the studio at 333 Midland so I've moved all of that stuff back to the condo. We are waiting for the title to clear and are getting excited to get back into the city.
In the meantime I am still working on projects though with things all cluttered here they are in constant motion so I can start one, move it and get another one going. I am in the process of making a full body male figure in fiberglass for a client, see the images below of the casting process. I have a new "Made in the D" product coming out soon. They are hand made/painted leather coasters which will be sold on Etsy and else where. We are working on getting them into a few shops in Downtown Detroit. See images below.
Still producing abstracts and surreal large paintings. I've started to paint larger as they seem to sell faster and for a larger amount of money.
Several projects are on hold until we get into the new house and I have my workshop setup again. As soon as we confirm the house is our I will update everyone with the new workspace and painting studio.
Back to work...
Here are a few sample of the leather coasters I am still waiting for the branding iron to arrive which will brand each coaster the "Hand made in the D".