"Au Contraire"

2014   40" x 25" x 8"   Blog Post

Au Contraire
Au Contraire

Powered by an electric motor from underneath, the mouse and elephant rock slowly up and down.

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The elephant.
The elephant.
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The mouse.
The mouse.
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The tiny mouse.
The tiny mouse.
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The handpainted label.
The handpainted label.
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The pivot point.
The pivot point.
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Starting the carving......
Starting the carving......
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Finished roughing it out.
Finished roughing it out.
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Rasping out the inside.
Rasping out the inside.

I cut the elephant in half, and am hollowing it out to lighten the load.

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The 2 halves.
The 2 halves.
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Ready to glue it all back together.
Ready to glue it all back together.
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Finished carving.
Finished carving.

All the details are added - ready for painting.

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All done.
All done.

Finished painting and aging.

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The mouse, before painting.
The mouse, before painting.
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The counterweight.
The counterweight.

I added about 2 pounds of lead to compensate for the weight of the elephant.

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Carving the pivot point.
Carving the pivot point.
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