Sunday, October 14, 2012
Pink and sapphire zibellino
I still want to try doing some pewter casting of bits for the girdle and the drop to attach it, but I settled for a purchased finding for now since the month disappeared into carving and I just plain ran out of time.
The muzzle is made from bronze colored foil tape, and I wrapped some blue crystals in the tape to give it the look of actually being set. I am really thrilled with the effect. May have to do it to more beads for clothing decoration in the future.
I'm sorta kinda toying with the idea of seeing if I can get some jet and try carving that. There are zibellinos in inventories made from that. Most notable is an ermine with a jet head in Mary Queen of Scott's belongings. Jet is apparently very soft to carve, but can be difficult to take detail since it can break. It'd be an entirely different experience. The black would certainly be a contrast to the soft pink of the rose quartz. Also, and this is sort of rather nifty, jet is available to find in Utah. It is not the highest quality of jet, but I'm not the greatest carver, so who knows if I'll notice.