Raindrop Box

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Project by Steve O posted 05-25-2012 09:02 PM 2989 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a fused glass bead (marble) that made me think of the raindrops that sometimes bead up on plant leaves. That got me thinking about water and looking at wavy, watery wood grain patterns. Viola! A piece of bubinga with wavy grain for the lid and accents and lyptus (that’s how the wood store marked it, maybe it’s eucalyptus?) for the body. The stippled reveal area around the lid has little bits of shiny shellac that didn’t get buffed out with the steel wool and it kind of looks like little rain puddles before they get absorbed into the soil.

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 10:12 PM

Very unigue! I like the simple nature of this (pun intended)
How did you do the stippled area?
Very nice, thanks for sharing.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 05-25-2012 11:58 PM

Nice box! Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 12:45 AM

Very cool design. I too am curious as to how you stippled the top.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 08:40 AM

Beautifully done piece. Love the whole thing.

You did a great job on this!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 11:22 AM

This is unique and beautifully done. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 11:55 AM


-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 01:48 PM

Lyptus is a variety of eucalyptus farmed in Brasil and is sustainable.. looks like mahogany too.
Very hard and machines well if careful.
P.S. I Like your work
keep us posted.


-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 05-26-2012 03:24 PM

Great job. Really like the top (reminiscient of a flat fountain) contrasts with the massive lines of the feet.

-- "I learn more from my mistakes than my I learn quite often."

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 03:34 PM

a unique piece with very special details.


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Steve O

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#10 posted 05-26-2012 04:33 PM

Andy, gfadvm,

I ground a nail set flat so the edge will cut the grain at the perimeter and the face will crush the grain under the face. It was done over the course of several days. Now I know how people get carpal tunnel syndrome!

To all,

Thanks for the kind comments.

-- Steve O in Oregon

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#11 posted 05-26-2012 09:00 PM

Very nice box! I just love the design…

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#12 posted 05-26-2012 10:22 PM

Steve, what an excellent execution of a great idea. I will never stop being amazed at the inspiration people find in the simplest of things.

Great job,

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#13 posted 05-27-2012 12:34 AM

I really like your box, so glad you posted it. Wish I had a tenth of your artistic talent.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#14 posted 05-27-2012 12:44 AM

Thanks Steve, I see how that would create this effect. And it does look like a tedious process ( but REALLY nice).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-27-2012 03:52 AM

Wow, that is a beautiful box. A very unique and attractive design. The box is great looking both inside and out.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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