Thursday, January 4, 2018

Planning a Pedestal for Sky Pony

Remember Sky Pony I made eons ago. I had intended to make a pedestal for him to rest upon. Yesterday I decided it was high time to accomplish that goal. He has been sitting on the shelf all this time.

At first I thought to use three pieces of wood with undulations on the side sanded smooth and the three doweled together. I still have to figure out how to attach the pony to the wood. I'm thinking I'll make a small depression in the wood for each of the feet and then glue him down. What do you think?

Then I thought I should just use one piece of wood in more of a pyramid shape. Now I'm thinking there is a reason most sculptors use a squared off piece of wood for a pedestal for their sculptures. The focus should be on the sculpture not the wood. So now I think just plain pedestal would be best. I plan to head to an exotic wood purveyor when the weather warms. Hopefully that will be next week.

I'd like to use a wood with a reddish tone which I think will complement the aqua color of the pony. But maybe I should just use a black color for the wood. Black being more of a neutral color. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

8 comments:

  1. I have one sad tale to tell. A friend who had a scrap of mahogany cut it down and I glued a little figure to it, not sure which glue. The wood eventually let go, and she fell over (standing on one foot I think). The glue had worked, but the wood itself split. And that's a hardwood too. It looked good for a while, but I think the idea of a depression, plus your horse will be more balanced standing...so go for whatever design you like. I'd just recommend not having any finish on the wood where it's glued (again a threat for it to come apart eventually). Can't wait to see what you decide to do...love the horse!

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    1. Hi Barbara, thanks, I never thought about the wood splitting, I guess the wood should be good and dry and well seasoned to be sure it doesn't split; also a good tip about not coating the wood where it is glued.

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  2. Love the sky pony. Black pedestal? It seems a bit harsh and perhaps too 'contrasty' to me.

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for your input; I may use some props before gluing to see what looks best.

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    1. Hi Joanne, thanks, remember all the famous horses, Trigger and Mr. Ed. Ha.

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  4. I too think black could be a bit too much contrast unless it was small. Hope we get to see it when finished.

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  5. Hi Anna, thanks, guess I need to do some mock ups to see which colors will look good.

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