A dress was obviously not inspiring me. I was getting sort of excited about couching an interlace pattern in silver on the green sleeves, but to do it the way I really wanted to, a month deadline was a bit tight. Especially after wasting 2 weeks. So, I'm shifting gears and trying something a little wacky.
Sable Greyhound and Oonagh's site. Not much info is available on it, other than it is in the Thyssen collection in Zurich. More recently, I found another view of it at Bridgeman Art, originally from Christies. I've made 4 zibellinos at this point, and my excuse for making them from polymer clay was that I couldn't afford materials and I didn't have the skill. I've had a piece of rose quartz kicking around the house for ages, and with the pink theme for this challenge, I started thinking about using it as a replacement for the clear quartz that is rock crystal. Skill, well, that's probably still an issue, but I have the diamond drill bits I got to carve the signet ring and a Dremel tool, so I figured I really didn't have anything to lose but time.
I also had the reddish mink I had planned to make the pair of zibellini from for IRCC 2. I rather like the redheaded mink and the pink. Conveniently, my chunk of quartz is already close to the right size and sort of has a snoutlike pointy end. Unfortunately, I'm not quite sure I'll actually get the shape I want since it is pretty thin on one side of that projection. That's something that is still up in the air.
I've worked with bone before, so I had equipment to stop the dust, and safety glasses. I bought a set of diamond cutting wheels for my Dremel for $8 plus shipping. (Dremel doesn't sell them, but there are off brands that fit.) A water wheel would have been nice, but I settled for working in a plastic box and swapping that out with mineral oil. It seems to be working, Mostly.