Roots #5 after the pour- patina

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breaking out the handle 

I coved the piece in liver of sulfur and now it is time to add the green moss.  

I coved the piece in liver of sulfur and now it is time to add the green moss.  

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adding the moss green patina 

one of the three new pieces added to strengthen the support and spread the load weight. 

one of the three new pieces added to strengthen the support and spread the load weight. 


I thought I was ready to plan the faux bois handle, but while thinking through the process, it became evident that the root pieces supporting the structure are too small. I am concerned that under the weight of the concrete, they will bend. My solution is to add new pieces that are thicker to spread out the load.

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I thought that it would be simple to add the patina to the new support pieces - wrong! It looks like I charred the new pieces. When things go wrong, it can be so frustrating.  

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Sandblasted and ready for Patina application #2.  

The patina recipe I am using.  

The patina recipe I am using.  

A tip from David Delgado at Legacy fine art Foundry -  After the  birch wood Casey have some ferric ready and add a wash of ferric before the cupric nitrate mixture. This will help keep it green and not cupric blue. 

 

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birchwood Casey ✅

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cupric nitrate 

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Just in time for earth day

Roots #3 rooting out the best concept

Roots are said to be  tools in regenerative agriculture. With that in mind I have decided to cast the root in bronze and then add a faux bois handle in concrete to it. l plan on casting a few roots all different but all tools to be displayed together. Below I am working on the first root tool of the series. This one will have a bronze handle attached to the faux bois 

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Spruing up the roots. I have dipped cross stitch thread in wax and attached it to vent the gases from the small root pieces. 

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Sprucing up the handle.