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