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damarisbaker on Apr 12, 2016
The beautiful lightsculpture is now lighting my bedroom. It arrived on time, well packed, in perfect condition. I am delighted with Shelly.
All my lightsculptures are made with love and intention, keeping my clients in my mind & heart as I create. Each piece is valued depending on the size & intricacy of the sculpture, but tend to take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to complete.
All of the driftwood I use is native to British Columbia, near where I live on Salt Spring Island. Many of the more intricate pieces come from the Interior of B.C., where man-made dams have gently polished the wood, leaving its details intact.
Once the driftwood base is leveled off so it can sit nicely on a table, or be mounted on a wall, a channel is then drilled through its center for the wiring. A standard lamp socket is then installed. (I am always tickled when people ask me how the sculptures are illuminated, because they really do appear to glow far more mysteriously than your usual light bulb.)
The framework is then created using bent reeds of different diameters, depending on the detail. Finding the right shape and flow is the x-factor and takes some time to get right, considering both the personality of the driftwood and the 3 dimensional mass it will take on. I try to create each piece so it is lovely from every angle.
The skin of the sculptures is cast on in 12 layers, painting tiny strips of tissue paper on the framework with a gentle resin. It's a delicate process - this papering into thin air - like Papier-mâché on tiptoes! I have worked my way up to 4-5 hours sittings now, but it is most certainly a kind of yoga. Each layer reinforces the strength of the shell and, when all is said and done, it is hard to the touch and gives off a pearl-like glow.
LIGHTSCULPTURE CARE: I recommend regular dusting with either compressed air or a very clean, fine-bristled brush. If dust is allowed to accumulate, it may stain the shade.
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