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« on: February 01, 2014 11:59:31 AM »

I made this for pottermouth in the Artist Trading block Swap.
I know she has an obsessive mild interest in Harry Potter and so I asked myself a lot of 'what if?' questions and the one that clicked
with me was, what if shards of the Philosopher's Stones survived? What would Dumbledore do with them if they weren't destroyed?
I thought perhaps he might honor the memory of his old friend Nicholas Flamel and so I decided to make a reliquary for the fragments.



The wood is butternut cut to size for an ATB. I cut a slice off of the front, cut those in half and made doors for the front.
I attached them with hinges. Oh, and I hollowed out the inside. It was a bit of a pain, since I did everything a bit out of sequence
(which is what happens when inspiration hits) and basically just wood burned the heck out of the whole thing.

I've had that tiny bottle for at least 15 years. (No, I am not a hoarder)  Cheesy   I put some Czech glass beads in a baggy, wrapped them in a paper towel and
smashed the heck out of them!



The bottle comes out to reveal two larger shards of the stone inset into the wood.


View of the back


I finished it with mineral oil and beeswax.
So maybe there are a few shards of that stone kicking around in the cellars of Hogwarts......




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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2014 12:11:17 PM »

This is AMAZING. Lucky Pottermouth! I immediately had to pin this and hit the "This Rocks" button. Beautiful work, sooooooo gorgeous and I just love all the wood burning work.
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2014 12:28:34 PM »

Can't hit "This Rocks" button enough! And it is in MY house! Thank you for noticing my infatuation mediocre interest in Harry Potter. Treasured!
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2014 12:47:31 PM »

AhhhhhMAZING! Love every bit of it. The only thing I don't like is that it's not mine  Kiss
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2014 12:53:53 PM »

This is absolutely incredible. The shear detail on this project is mind boggling. Incredible.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2014 01:26:49 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2014 02:05:55 PM »

Phenomenal! 
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2014 02:24:18 PM »

I am in awe... mixed in with a bit of lust...
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2014 03:04:43 PM »

You are so skilled at wood burning! This is truly inspired and beautifully executed. Perfect for pottermouth!
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« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2014 03:10:29 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2014 03:21:04 PM »

Well, that explains Pottermouth's reported danger of concussion as she fainted in amazement. Nicholas Flamel's remains held in a beautifully-decorated butternut wood reliquary? I'm feeling a bit giddy myself!

I like everything about this, of course, but especially the tiny dots around the interior cavity, and the leafy finding used to hold the bottle in place. Awe-inspiring. Truly.

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2014 03:24:15 PM »

This is amazing. I love it!
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2014 06:54:33 PM »

OMGoodness!  This is amazing! ...I'm off to rock Cool
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2014 06:56:07 PM »

Holy balls! That is AWESOME!!! I like need that!
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2014 11:59:03 PM »

The detail you put into this and your steady hand with the woodburner is incredible. What a thoughtful, meaningful and original idea, executed perfectly!
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« Reply #15 on: February 02, 2014 12:15:35 PM »

~*Congrats! You have been pinned to Craftster's Harry Potter Crafts Pinterest Board.*~ Grin
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« Reply #16 on: February 02, 2014 01:42:04 PM »

This is AMAZING! I want it...  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2014 04:12:53 PM »

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Thank you very much!
And thanks for all the kind words, everyone. I can't say enough how much fun this was to make!
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« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2014 07:03:19 PM »

This is epic!! I'm not surprised to hear that pottermouth nearly fainted after seeing this! Spectacular.
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« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2014 09:32:53 PM »

love the imagination of this piece Smiley great woodburned detail too
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« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2014 11:00:59 PM »

Stunning!
I love all the wood work: hollowing the inside and wood burning. This is really beautiful.
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AMG!I want one!
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« Reply #22 on: February 03, 2014 07:06:43 AM »

So, so awesome!!
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« Reply #23 on: February 03, 2014 10:45:41 AM »

holy cow, cackle!  Another amazing project!  I can't even imagine how you create such detailed and TINY pieces of art.
love it!
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« Reply #24 on: February 04, 2014 06:22:10 AM »

You have mad wood burning skills! The design is beautiful!
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« Reply #25 on: February 04, 2014 08:11:09 PM »

Well that's just the coolest thing I've seen all day!!  Pretty darn fantastical!!
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« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2014 11:24:20 AM »

Brilliant!  Did you use a store bought woodburner thingy or did you use a soldering iron?  I have the regular woodburner from the store and it doesn't work very well, in my opinion.  Just seems to not keep its heat very well. 
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« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2014 12:24:11 PM »

Brilliant!  Did you use a store bought woodburner thingy or did you use a soldering iron?  I have the regular woodburner from the store and it doesn't work very well, in my opinion.  Just seems to not keep its heat very well. 

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I have used a soldering iron, but I have a Detail Master that Mr. cackle got me for Christmas a couple of years ago. It's really a wonderful burner that you can get different stylus and tips for.
I think it's what the woodcarvers use for detailing feathers and stuff. It's got a temp control and it holds it's temperature really well. A little fluctuation, but not too bad. I just adjust my speed and that seems to work.
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« Reply #28 on: February 07, 2014 10:24:33 AM »

Thank you!
I have used a soldering iron, but I have a Detail Master that Mr. cackle got me for Christmas a couple of years ago. It's really a wonderful burner that you can get different stylus and tips for.
I think it's what the woodcarvers use for detailing feathers and stuff. It's got a temp control and it holds it's temperature really well. A little fluctuation, but not too bad. I just adjust my speed and that seems to work.


Great tip, thanks!  I guess it's like any other tool...the better of one you get, the better the results in most cases. Smiley
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Such a beautiful and imaginative piece. Wonderful work!
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Oh, this is superb! So imaginative and beautifully executed  Cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2014 07:09:11 AM »

Cackle, you never fail to amaze me!  This is gorgeous.
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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2014 07:49:49 AM »

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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Ooh, thank you very much!
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