This is The ManFlesh's main xmas present. It took something like 10 hours over a couple weeks, plus all kinds of time ruminating and hunting up supplies. I'm so pleased with how it turned out I'm about to bust! If he doesn't like it, I'll be kind of crushed. I'm pretty sure he will, though.
This was probably the most complicated project I've done outside of building a house about 10 years ago. All the decoration is on the outside of the bowl or the bottom of the foot. First I gilded it with faux gold leaf, then I sealed that with spray lacquer. I made the crests and other decorations using digital collage and decoupaged them onto the sealed gold leaf. After that I coated all the gold leaf surfaces plus a little extra with 2 layers of resin. It was my first time using resin and that was fun and anxiety inducing! Finally I glued on the rhinestones.
Those are the "artisan's initials" there. Ahem.
This is a pretty accurate representation of how the inside GLOWS in the light.
Close up of the crest
That's the digital collage using all kinds of clip art that I altered every piece of before added it. That was the single most time consuming part - about 5 hours. I'm sure a better photoshopper could've done it quicker. It's full of things that represent his personality and life.
A view of the rhinestones that shows how the gold glows
If I could do it over, I'd use higher quality rhinestones, but these I had on hand. They hide the ridge where the resin and glass meet at the bottom of the bowl.
I couldn't just hand it to him and I wanted to kind of go with the style-theme of it being aristocratic and old so put together this box. Originally I wanted to find a wooden chest to alter or something, but I've been snowed in for days and had to make do with what I have in the house. I'm pleased with how it turned out and feel great about not having to buy anything or drive around burning fuel.
An old Harry & David fruit gift box covered with purple and gold paper. Purple is his favorite color & a royal color and the gold ties in with the chalice itself - plus it's gold! I had bought the gold paper the circle is made from thinking I would use it for the decoupage, but didn't.
I printed the crest onto shrink plastic for printers and attached it.
And finally made a purple velvet pillow to hold the chalice safely in the box. I got lucky; the velvet matches the paper on the box really well!This project made it to ikeahacker!http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/12/post-christmas-hacks.html