more Spring cleaning

There is a little detail I can’t reveal just yet, but here are the last of the Black Beauty images.

Smashing 80 grit sandpaper into wet leather really turns out nicely in the end!


She’s mounted in the classic death pose, with the slightest tilt to her skull. The end result is a nice bit of visual depth with the far side of her skull.

Leather is not quite as forgiving as sculpted matrix, so conveying the overlay here was difficult!

The detail came out nicely, just took some ‘doin!

The wet molded pockets are really durable, and are sewed in before the bag is lined so the backside of the stitches are hidden.

The Royal Tyrrell Museum hosted FPCS in 2013. It was a great event- we even got to hitch out to Dinosaur Provincial Park.

And here she is, all finished.

There will be one more post in this series- one little detail that I’ve not revealed to the young lady who commissioned the work. All in good time!

ah, spring!

While my absence from this virtual world is slightly less dramatic than that of, say, Henry Anthony Wilcox, I’m still sorry for being so absent. I’ve been swamped.

Enough gibbering, here’s some pictures.

She really has a pretty face….

and sexy legs…

As a matter of fact, she’s the whole package….

The tooling finished, it’s time to bring in the background to those rich marcasite bones! This calls for an airbrush, a lot of dye and some serious time in the sun.

One of the things that make Black Beauty so cool is the amazing mounting job they’ve done up at the Tyrrell. If you ever have a chance to go, TAKE IT. The Fossil Prep and Collections Symposium was held there in 2013, and I was just blown away by the sheer awesomeness. Canadian bowling is also something that need to be experienced….

Then started the balance of keeping true to the grey ‘matrix’ and the black bones. Without flattening the tooling. Highlight with blue, deepen with purple black. Then repaint. Again. Once more for good measure. Now fiddle with it a bit. Ok, done. well, done? yes. Done.

Pictures to come, maybe tomorrow, now that I’ve arisen from my deep slumber….(for all 3 weeks of Winter we get here in this part of the US.)