Nearly netsuke – working in bone

I spent last week trying a new medium (bone), working with mostly new tools (dremel with dental bits,  jewellery files and a broken scalpel blade) and at a different scale (tiny).  Sculpting by ‘carving out’ rather than building up as I do in wax or clay was definitely a challenge to how I see, think and work.  And a challenge to the senses; bone smells very … distinctive.

ivory and wood carving
recycled ivory from old piano keys and upcycled mahogany from an old fruit platter
Netsuke-style carving in the shape of an old-man mask

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