Hey there, hope you are all well and enjoying your weekend.
I thought I would share some of the mahi I have been working on lately for a couple projects in waiting.
I will only show part of the process of making these artworks which is the paua bits: I have firstly drawn the size I want on shell then cut out with a medium sized dremel (easier on the hands than the normal, heavy drill) with a 2nd hand diamond bit (just as good as a new one) brought fron the Greenstone Shop on Gladstone Road inside a bowl with water (catches the poisonous dust from the shell) and a block of wood to lean shell on and hold still. This was where I watched, learned and got advice on how to work with shell and stone. Since then I have experimented with a mixture of tools and homemade bowls in order to understand the process and make it quicker and easier for me to perform these tasks. Once i have cut my circular paua bits out i will use a small rotary tool (that you can purchase from Bunnings for about $30) which is good for the final sizing and finishing of the paua bit before it is ready to sit in the Rimu wood i have prepared for final artwork.
Big mihi to Mama.. Denise Te Hau for helping me to treat my Rimu wood and prepare it for the first stages of cut and sand. You are the bomb!!
I hope some of you out there look into working with these different materials to challenge yourself and really make you appreciate hard work which lies in the little things you do.
I will leave you with a bunch of photos displaying these processes and action that took place to get to this stage, I will keep you updated with the results of these projects.
Thanks for reading,