July Challenges: Honey Dippers and a Taste of Asia

For the July challenges, WT360 members were tasked with their first cryptic piece and an easy piece – Honey Dippers and ‘A Taste of Asia’.

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Chinese Gong

This I my take on the taste of Asia challenge, a Chinese gong. The gong itself is mottled beach, coloured with intrinsic colours, textured and decorated with guilt cream. The mallet is ash, and the stand was made from some of cuts of walnut, I sprayed it gold and then black, then rubbed off some of the black with some 400g, unfortunately the effect seems to subtle for the photograph. But up close it works quite well.

Last minute honey dipper

So i turned a rushed, last minute honey dipper out of a piece of cherry I had lying around. Was a fun little turn, I can see where I rushed the sanding and I didn’t put a finish on it. But it’s not awful for the first time I’ve ever turned one of these.

My taste of Asia

Ash hollow form with an oriental style finial lid. Coloured with intrinsic colours and I used ebonishing lacquer on the finial and base. Finished with Hampshire sheen gold embellishing wax and gloss wax.

Cherry blossom rice bowl

Very punky piece of acacia and very much a trial and error piece. Background black gesso, fixed outline sticker in the panel, then painted on the cherry blossom and leaves with iridescent paint, finally stipple effect with gold iridescent paint over the black and black over the gold. Not happy with the painting, so back to the drawing board!

07/20 Ian’s Honey dipper

Here is my honey dipper for the July challenge, had some issues getting the photo to upload (hence not a great pic)