May 1, 2013

Eye of Lamia

"She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue,
Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue;
Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard,
Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr'd;
And full of silver moons, that, as she breathed,
Dissolv'd, or brighter shone, or interwreathed
Their lustres with the gloomier tapestries -
So rainbow-sided, touch'd with miseries,
She seem'd, at once, some penanced lady elf,
Some demon's mistress, or the demon's self ..."

~ Lamia – John Keats ~


I am so excited to share this latest piece with you! Not everyone's taste, I admit ... but definitely an absolute blast to make. It is pieces such as this that evoke the sense of play in me. It is pieces like this that make me giggle when it finally works :) I'm like a little kid I know.


The Eye of Lamia began with a single eyelid; made of repurpose copper, it was hammered into shape without the use of any dapping tools, just an old driftwood with plenty of curved crevices and a ball hammer.


The eyelash are synthetic lashes, and peacock feathers. Such DRAMA!!


And then the "armored socket" I call it ... in the form of a heart, made from epoxy clay, sculpted, painted and sealed. The 'armor' is also repurpose copper.

The coolest thing about this piece is, the eyelid moves! The eyelid opens when the chain drop is gently tugged downwards. 

26 comments:

  1. Every shop needs a good stump of wood ! Crevices in wood are wonderful dapping tools.

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  2. Holy moly! That is incredible! I think it makes your piece so much more rich that you don't use traditional tools. I never would have thought to use driftwood! I am really delighted by this piece and especially the moving parts! Wonderful sense of whimsy! Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Enjoy the day. Erin

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    1. thank you :) I was desperate and then i saw the driftwood all sunbleached sitting in my balcony staring at me!! Now the driftwood has a new place of residence ... my work table ;)

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  3. Amazing....simply AMAZING!

    ~Linda

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  4. Oh my...is there no end to your imagination? I just love each exquisite piece that you make.

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    1. thank you Jo ... I praying the imagination dun run dry too soon (O_0)

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  5. The texture on the eyelid creeps me out and fascinates me at the same time! This is such a fun piece, I can tell you had a blast making it. Great music on the vid, creeped me out even more:-)

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    1. hehehe ... yea, a bit creepy, but super duper fun to make!!

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  6. Luthien, you are truly amazing. I love these moveable pieces you are making. And yes, it is a little creepy, but so clever, and the music was great.

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    1. thank you Carol! scoured YouTube to get the perfect excerpt of a song ... this one was a lucky find, even the timing in the beginning coincided with the eye opening and shutting ;)

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  7. And oh, what a stunning piece of poetry. Just perfect...

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    1. Lamia is a heroic couplet by John Keats, and comes in 2 looooooong parts :) Loved the storytelling but i can't say i'd loved learning all the symbolism and lines for my Eng Literature exams then ((O_O))

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  8. Amazing! Once again you have created a masterpiece!

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  9. Hi L - they say scary things come from creative and 'interesting' minds - hmm!!! The things that pop up and out of your mind. What a crafted piece - love that you made the moving lid and all - brilliant that the eye look out of the heart - the eye of the heart - intuition? Great vid. Go well. B

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    1. hahaha B ... you make it sound like i'm a serial killer of some sort!! i'll probably be a real creative one if i were one ... WAHAHAHA!!!
      thank you! the eye of the heart ... hmm, didn't consciously think of that, but there was never a doubt that I wanted the eye on a heart, a normal socket just wont do ...

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  10. Truly cool and a real eye opener....sorry couldn't resist a pun : )

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  11. love your seeing eye heart Luthien, a good talisman for traveling thru the dark!

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  12. I love your unique and dark works!

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  13. Fabulous! Intricate and beautiful, I love your imagination! X

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  14. Absolutely Fabulous things you make!!! I love them all and especially this!

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xoxoxo
Luthien :)