An Ancient Mr. Bill

In my enameling days…perhaps I should say daze, I had looked through the various cabochans in my stash and came across a large piece of fossilized dinosaur bone.  It seemed the right shape and size to serve as the body portion of a brooch.  I came up with the idea for a Shaman of sorts and enameled a face which I set into a fine silver bezel.   The arms, which I carved from a sheet of Micarta – a material used frequently by knife makers because it carves so easily, were attached with brass rivets.  My Shaman’s feet are made of 14k gold and one dangling freshwater pearl.  I look at this piece now and still like it very much, but I can’t help but think that the face looks a bit like Mr. Bill, the manipulated and squashed clay-like character on Saturday Night Live  from twenty years ago.  Oh, nooooooooo!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on April 14, 2010.

3 Responses to “An Ancient Mr. Bill”

  1. Well he is pretty cute whoever he is!!


  2. Thanks Carol!


  3. I love the combination of materials and techniques. Very unique piece!!


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