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Very complex art project - help me find someone to pull this off!

spool32spool32 Contrary LibraryRegistered User regular
edited April 2020 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey everyone!

My 25th wedding anniversary to Belasco is coming up and one of the things I have wanted to do for years was to take a thing we have and turn it into some art. Let me give you the story:

Our wedding, as many of you know, was an absolute and utter disaster. Complete dumpster fire. Legendary-status train wreck, the sort of thing no one would believe to be true. Still, it's how we started and if that's what we needed to kick off 25 awesome years, fine by me. :) One of the only objects we still have from that day (all our wedding gifts were stolen, cat destroyed her dress, the few remaining keepsakes damaged moving home from Ireland...) was a set of really incredible Waterford crystal champagne flutes, with thin cut crystal with gold edges and trimming.

We took these out every anniversary and had some drinks. It was great! Until... sometime in I think 2002 or 2003 we were up late that anniversary night, went to bed entirely not-sober, and left the glasses on the kitchen table. That morning one of the kids (hello @Blameless Cleric and @Squeakel we know it was one of you two older nerds but we don't know which!) was pushing a toy car around the kitchen before we were properly out of bed, and I figure you can guess what happened. Table leg got bumped, a glass fell over, and then gracefully rolled off the table onto the tile floor. The kids were absolutely petrified, sobbing - a unique disaster impossible to fix, impossible to hide.

Fucking tragedy. Irreplaceable for multiple reasons. Nothing to do about it, nobody's fault, no way to even be mad. Just :(:(:(:(

We've since bought new ones more than once, and they get regularly broken in one way or another. Thing is, I kept every last sliver of the original, and I have them in the original box. I've carted them around now for like 17 years trying to think of what to do with the pieces, how to make them into something again, and I finally came up with an idea: I want to find an artist or jeweler who can do a disarticulated or 'exploded' reconstruction of the original, using gold or silver wire and the original fragments.

If you don't know what this is, it's usually something done with skeletal remains, to show each piece of the object separately while also retaining its connection to the whole as a recognizable shape. Here's an example under spoiler tags. Warning: pet skull underneath!
Seriously if bones bother you this ain't a good thing to click twice. It's not gruesome - this is a work of science and of art - but still
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Anyhow! I think it's both a really neat idea to show the flute as it is now and was before, memorialize a story forever without losing the pieces themselves... and reference the nightmare of our wedding day by doing it in a way normally reserved for skulls under glass in creepy oddity shops.

So! Anybody know an jeweler, artist, or artisan who works with metal, glass, or wire, and might be willing to discuss taking this on? Or, anybody have other ideas for what I can do with a shattered crystal champagne flute? Obviously, nobody flag Bel into this - we've talked about it before, but she doesn't know I might actually try to get it done by August.

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  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    dude you might want an alt for this

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
  • Blameless ClericBlameless Cleric An angel made of sapphires each more flawlessly cut than the last Registered User regular
    edited April 2020
    It was me!!!

    I think? I broke both subsequent sets as well

    Blameless Cleric on
    Orphane wrote: »

    one flower ring to rule them all and in the sunlightness bind them

    I'd love it if you took a look at my art and my PATREON!
    spool32ShadowfiretynicJaysonFourElvenshaemRahmaniHappylilElfJebus314RichyAldoDark Raven XMugsleyXaquinTofystedethOrca
  • ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    Or if she asks just say it's for your other wife, then she can still be surprised.

    And it seems like all is dying, and would leave the world to mourn
    spool32ShadowfireJaysonFourElvenshaeHappylilElfAldoXaquinTofystedeth
  • spool32spool32 Contrary Library Registered User regular
    it's such a specific story - I'll just have to disarticulate anybody who pokes her :P

  • dispatch.odispatch.o Registered User regular
    edited April 2020
    There's a glass studio in my home town that has a bunch of pretty decent artists. While they mostly deal in glass blowing, I bet if you called them or someplace like them they could refer you to a sculptor or one of the artists in the shop.

    I know there are other studios all over the country that do amazing stuff, this just happens to be the one I've been to a couple of times when I was younger.

    https://www.orientandflume.com/

    They have "contact us" links and such.


    Edit:

    I bet you could call an art college near you and find a few good starting points. Maybe shop for a nice enclosure and pick up some museum wax also.

    dispatch.o on
    spool32
  • ArtereisArtereis Registered User regular
    It was me!!!

    I think? I broke both subsequent sets as well

    It's like your whole name is a lie.

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  • IrukaIruka Registered User, Moderator mod
    It's worth noting that a ton of the art colleges are in total disarray, so it might be a little harder to find someone that way.

    The gold version of this is called Kintsukuroi, and it became a big Pinterest/Etsy fad for a while. The sell kits, but I've not seen it done with glass, just ceramic. Still, you might want to use that as your search term when looking online.

    Depending on how small and delicate the glass is, it seems like wire would be difficult and not very visually appealing. If you look at the skull, it's drilled into. If you drill into small shards of glass, the potential to just shatter it more seems high. This is an assumption on my part, I don't work with glass much, but it sounds like it would be incredibly meticulous.

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  • AldoAldo Hippo Hooray Registered User regular
    Iruka wrote: »
    It's worth noting that a ton of the art colleges are in total disarray, so it might be a little harder to find someone that way.

    The gold version of this is called Kintsukuroi, and it became a big Pinterest/Etsy fad for a while. The sell kits, but I've not seen it done with glass, just ceramic. Still, you might want to use that as your search term when looking online.

    Depending on how small and delicate the glass is, it seems like wire would be difficult and not very visually appealing. If you look at the skull, it's drilled into. If you drill into small shards of glass, the potential to just shatter it more seems high. This is an assumption on my part, I don't work with glass much, but it sounds like it would be incredibly meticulous.

    To riff off of this: especially with fine crystal glass I think @spool32 is better off getting in touch with a jeweller. They would have the finest tools and might be able to figure out what is even possible.

    If it is impossible to suspend the whole thing by wires, perhaps it makes more sense to suspend the pieces in epoxy, although I'm not sure how visible it would be through that. You'd need some very clear epoxy to spot the pieces of glass, I think?

    I dunno, my first thought was also kintsukuroi: no holes needed, just need to glue/stick together the pieces with lacquer. I think this is the relevant thing to google for, I added USA to narrow down the results a bit: https://www.google.com/search?q=kintsugi+repair+service+usa&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

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  • CaedwyrCaedwyr Registered User regular
    edited April 2020
    One thought is some sort of clear or coloured resin could result in a cool looking effect. Give it a trapped in amber look. It also makes it much harder to break again in the future.

    2006_typewriter1b.jpg?format=1000w


    This particular artist has a web page: http://www.keikomiyamori.com/about

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I’ve seen something like that done with glass, but like Iruka says it wasn’t drilled - it was wrapped with very fine wire. Looked cool though.

  • schussschuss Registered User regular
    Also look into people who do collage-style glass mosaics, as they'll have the requisite knowledge to do it.

    Elvenshae
  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    You might be able to put this together like stained glass, as well, as long as the pieces themselves were sufficiently large (or you were okay with small gaps); it would obviously be unusable for food service even if it didn't have any gaps. :D

    spool32
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