Spalted maple wearable sculpture earrings
A few years ago, I chain saw carved a large 8' sculpture out of a huge spalted maple log. The wood cut away was so beautiful, so I carved my wife small piece and hung it on a silver chain. She received many comments and requests about the "wearable sculpture" pendant and I started making them for family and friends, and eventually galleries.
I expanded the hand carvings to earrings and rings.
Because splating is a natural process; like a finger print, there are no two alike. Spalting traits can include; Blackline, Bluing, Ambrosia, Quilting and more - Let me know what you would like to have made, I most likely can make it. Spalting is the process where the wood starts to change chemically and creates blacklines in the wood, it also creates blue/green/grey/brown areas as well. Sometimes an ambrosia beetle digs into the wood and follows some of these changes in the wood and creates more chemical changes such as streaking orangish or amber colors and creates other colors and figuring.
How to order:
Choose a style and size you like and let us know what features and elements you prefer. Remember each piece is not replicable, as each has various wood grains, shapes, and exciting spalting characteristics which can include black lining, ambrosia, bluing, ambering, flecking and more.
Please know that this process will take more time up to four weeks for us to choose and make the wearable work. If you are in a hurry check and see if we have any earrings currently available. I can provide interesting details such as book matched wood where the wood from each earring is cut across the shape from the same block and mirrors each other, or I can carve one piece and then cut the section into two creating the designs out of the same piece. In regards to the spalted wood, the more character in the wood directly relates to the cost for the earrings. Also the cost of the will vary depending on what your requirements are and how much additional time, material or skill it requires. Don't worry, as I will communicate with you in the process to make sure you are comfortable with the price and time frame.
If you want a completely custom made earring, just click the "Contact Maker" button and let me know what you have in mind.
If it is a group gift for a wedding, or a larger quantity we can work with you to make a specific design. I have more examples upon request.
Note: Splated maple wearable sculpture earrings are finished with many layers of a hard protective clear coat to bring out the contrasts, but can wear over time, especially at the jump ring. This is normal with wood products. I will provide a description on how to refinish your piece with an easy to find product, or you can mail the piece back to me for refinishing at no additional cost besides shipping. If you are careful with your wearable sculpture it will last for many, many years. If for some reason your wearable sculpture is damaged, you can send it to me and I will do my best to repair the piece. I will charge my standard repair fees depending on what is required. If a piece breaks from a fault of mine, I will do my best to repair or replace with a similar product. I want you to be happy with your purchase for many years or generations to come.
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By Darin White
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