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The Angel Egg by Yonaka-Yamako The Angel Egg by Yonaka-Yamako
I've a friend who collects angels. She's got them *everywhere*. Her home, her office, she wears them as jewelry. Her mantle was awfully empty and I decided to make her something she did not have. So I carved an emu egg and inset mica from an emerald deposit into it. It sat on that mantle until recently when she moved it to her desk in her office. I guess I'll have to make another angel to fill in the empty spot on her mantle.
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Given 2013-03-31
The Angel Egg by *Yonaka-Yamako makes great use of the different colored layers on emu eggs, a beautiful and detailed carved work. ( Featured by Talty )
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MissKingdomVII Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
What does the words mean?
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Gloria Deo (Glory be to God)
Qui Custodit Nos (Who Keepeth Us)
In Omnibus Rebus (In All Things)
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Kobanaa Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Thank you.
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TubaMirum Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
WOW.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Thank you.
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JasmineTwiL Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You have one very lucky friend! This is absolutely beautiful! :')
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you. ^_^
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GreyMoccasin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Beautifully crafted. The care and concern shines through the design work. :nod:
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you.
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Yalarof Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Dang this is amazing! And I wonder if your friend's mantel is empty for a reason... :iconwonderingplz:
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Her office is in this 125 year old farm house with these amazing wood mantles and mercury mirrors. I set the egg off to the side and it was almost a week before she looked at the mantle to realize it was there. She now keeps little things there to lift her spirits when staring at mountains of insurance forms.

Silly as it sounds, it never occurred to her to have a few personal things there she could look at when she got to feeling blue.
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Yalarof Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Haha, that's so sweet. And also, what do u mean by she likes "angels" because the ppl on the eggs don't really look like the angels I'm thinking of >.<
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
She collects images and figures of angels as they were portrayed in Medieval and Renaissance art. So more the European depiction rather than the Eastern, Persian, or Indian renderings. Wings, robes, kinda human... Either with their hands together in prayer or holding something.

It'd be interesting to make a seraphim or cherubim. Not sure how that would turn out. Maybe I'll carve a crochet hook with one on it. That would be a really unique crochet hook.
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Yalarof Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Yeah, that would be. Sorry I'm not religious so I'm not very knowlaged on which angel is which so whenever someone brings angels up I just picture the stereotypical angels which the white dresses and yellow halos and all that fun stuff
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Which is pretty much how most folks see angels. We can thank the Victorians for that. >_<
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Yalarof Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Haha, you can also thank atheists for automatically having that come up in they're head because we don't have a specific design for angels because we either don't believe in them, or we have our own designs for them, really depends on the person though
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Yep... Angels are a very personal thing.
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cliselle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
And I find it so endearing that you'd do something like this for your friend ^^

Congrats on the well deserved DD!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you so very much. She gets a kick out of the little surprises I leave. It's like Christmas but without the gift wrap and ribbons. Just one day she sees something new on the mantle and she tries to figure out how it is that she never sees me dropping it off.

I leave her husband fossil teeth in shadow boxes or caliper mounts. For us, it's a neat little thing. I get to use the lab when restoring a fossil or fixing an antique mirror frame, and they end up with angels, fossil teeth, and antique dental tools all mounted and hung on the walls or sitting on the mantles.

I look at it as a thank you and they reciprocate. It's a lot of fun once you can get something started like that.
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cliselle Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL
That does sound pretty fun. XD
You sound like a great friend. ^^
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I do that sort of thing with another artist locally. She's mad about turtles. So she gets turtle themed things. Jewelry, brush bag for her brushes, little bric-a-brac for her window so she's inspired. It's total fun. Especially the look on her face when she gets something totally out of the blue. It's just like a kid at Christmas and the biggest and best present was brought in at the very last.

You should try it sometime. It's so cool.
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NeonAlbatross Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional Artist
Congrats on the DD, and happy easter, mum! :hug:
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
:squee: Happy Easter, my little fluffer Hube! :hug:
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Atlantagirl Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent Latin!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you.
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firerock876 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
this is amazing! You know I had no clue you could carve an Emu egg.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
The layers are very thin, so you need to be very careful when removing each color. By the time you reach the pale cream of the interior, it's about half the thickness of onion skin typing paper.
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Ironmountain01 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you.
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Wow o.o This is gorgeous work. What an amazing gift for your friend :)
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you. She was tickled for weeks over it.
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Koshins-revenge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Wow, talk about the best friend ever! You're awesome. ^_^
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Thank you. You are too kind.
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Koshins-revenge Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
^_^ no prob, it's true though. not many people would do that much for a friend.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
When you find friends like that, they are there for a life time and then some. I've managed to gather a few like that over the years and what we trade makes museums sick. I'll try to find a picture of one such trade I did with a friend in VaBch.
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Koshins-revenge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
cool I can't wait to see what you did ^_^
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
The photo isn't the best and it only gets the one side. This was back in '86 or '87. No digital cameras back then and I think he had one of those Kodak 115s. I found it last night and I'll post it today.
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Koshins-revenge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Alright! ^_^ It's okay if the photo's not the best.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Got it posted.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
This is incredibly well done. I can't imagine how steady your hands must be! Might I ask, how long did it take you to carve this beauty?
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
4 or 5 days maybe...I don't quite remember how many days exactly but it was less than 7 days.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
:nod: That sounds pretty accurate for a small & lovely piece. I like the time that you put into it. Too many things nowadays are rushed, but some of the most beautiful art can take quite a while.
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I really should spend a little time, now that the weather is warmer, carving more hooks, pins, and eggs and the turbine lets me get an even tinier detail into a piece. You should take a gander of this little offering: [link]

400K RPM is a wonderful thing compared to the 15K to 35K RPM this was carved with.
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Wow, and this is w/ dental drills? I'm going to have to pester mine to buy/gain some used drills. I managed to get some metal picks from my local dentists for my clay carving, but being able to use drills for precise detail...well that just opens up a whole new creative area.

I assume you use a mask for this, regular ones or do you use the full face ones w/ cartridges?

I read your description of the thumb dislocation. I've never had a full-on dislocation, but I tend to cut my hands frequently (I use Xacto knives a lot w/ my carving.) Cut right deep into my thumb last week, thought I hit bone, but just my nail thankfully. Glued it w/ super glue & sulked for 2 days as I was more upset that I couldn't do anything w/ my thumb. :XD:
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Yeah, I use a 3M E-6000 (complete with prefilters and canisters) when I work with the nasty stuff. Rest of the time I use an N-95 or N-100 dust mask with a vent. I don't sweat as bad when it has a vent. Also a face shield or safety glasses are great. I wear them under my loopes.

Thumb dislocations are not fun. You can't drive, can't hold a glass, cup, or cutlery. Until I can get to a chiropractor who *will* put the thumb back into place, I get some pretty nasty days where I don't do much more than try to find something else to do... Read a book as example.

Scars.... Ooh we can definitely compare the doozies there. :XD:
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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
I see. I've wanted to buy a mask w/ filters for a while now, this may just entice me to get one as I've double the reasons to use it - though really one reason should be good enough. :giggle:

I wear glasses normally so don't worry so much about that. But wouldn't mind glasses that fit over glasses, mine are so scratched up...

I've injured my thumb before, stretched it too far, slammed it in doors, but never had it dislocated to that type of severity before. I couldn't imagine the pain you went through, and that would be weird, having to see a chiropractor just for a thumb. 0.o

Yeah, let's stop at scars. I'm doing good this week, don't want to jinx it. :D
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Expect to shell out about $40-$50 for an E-6000. The prefilters and cartridges come with it. You *want* safety glasses. Really. They are cheap and will save your lenses.

Trust me on this one... You Do not ever want to dislocate anything. Ever. If you ever sprained your ankle to the point you tossed cookies, a dislocation will make you hurl the Skittles rainbow. And then you have to get it put back into place... Oh yeah! I would rather walk on a broken ankle before going through a dislocation in my hands, elbows, or shoulders. Don't do it. Iz vera vera BAD! Much pain and a heap of crying ensues. No doingz eet. No.
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MADARTISTJOC Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
wow!
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Yonaka-Yamako Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
Was fun to do especially the mica inlay as it had tiny emerald crystals through out the material which I incorporated. The camera did not catch the little green specks.
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