I've always hesitated to post my latest and greatest sculptures to the "Critique" forum, since by the time they're showable, they're done. So, this new "Show and Tell" forum is perfect, IMO. All comments ARE welcome, including any suggestions to keep in mind for future similar work.
These two are going to my show in L.A. http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/show...threadid=22823
(Yeah, I love shameless self-promotion!).
Follow this link to see a zoomed-in view: http://www.beware-of-art.com/gallery...ages/01132.jpg
Because of where the show is, and the invasion of "killer" bees into southern California in recent years... here's the title and other info I chose for this sculpture set:
Latin Name: Homicida apis
Collection Site: Los Angeles, California
homicida -ae c. (a murderer, murderess, homicide).
apis or apes -is f. (a bee).
I framed these two together in a velvet-lined maple shadowbox display case which I stained, finished, and assembled myself. I don't have photos of these two in the case, but here's a picture of a different specimen in the case so you get the basic idea:
The wire is 14 karat gold filled, and black copper. The stripes are adhesive backed black velvet... fuzzy and GOOD. The wings are #11 Swann-Morton scalpel blades. I didn't cut myself at all this time!
The queen bee's body is a Winchester 243 rifle cartridge, with copper-jacketed Nosler bullet with purple ballistic polymer tip.
The worker bee's body is a hollow point copper jacketed BMA .38 Special handgun bullet. I used the hollow point for the worker since it's the worker bees that sting.
Of course both cartridges were specially made for this project, with NO gunpowder -- otherwise soldering them would have been a really stupid move on my part.
Thanks for looking and listening to my Show and Tell, and thanks as always for your support.
-=- Jen "But I never plug my work!" de la Cruz