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For decades this poor Rameses II sculpture (c. 1280 BC) had his cartouche partially covered by its previous display method. Partially buried into a pedestal in fact. After much noodle scratching I decided it would be best to create a more stable support by doing what we try very hard to avoid. We drilled out a rather large core to make room for a stainless steel receiving sleeve. No small feat either. 1.5 inches wide and 18 inches deep!
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This officially makes us the first people to carve this sculpture in 3,200 years. I built a sled to accommodate this nerve-wracking endeavor. It is now beautifully displayed in gallery 10 @sandiegomuseumofart and is a must see! The only Egyptian object in our collection. And what a prized piece it is. One of my favorites and hopefully he forgives me for the rather invasive reaming I've given him :(
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#mountmaking #museumwork #sparkandanvil #Conservation #artconservation #sculpture #arthandler #sorryramses #buymedinnerfirst #Egypt #egyptian #pharoah #ramses #ramesesii #rameses

Making clutch mounts, what can I say. Bend, solder, tap and dye, fit and hold. #mountmaking #tapanddye #silversolder #nashersculpturecenter #firstsculpture

In Dallas working with the Nasher Sculpture Center. Very excited to be here. To be around art that I love, plus doing what I love. #mountmaking #sculture #firstsculpture #outoftownwork #nashersculpturecenter #loveofart Sometimes hotel living isn’t so bad. :)

To mount the unmountable object. This DeWain Valentine resin piece is one of his larger sculptures of this type. A seven foot diameter with such a tiny footprint makes it nail-bitingly maddening to display without waking up in terror sweats all night long. Having a translucent piece also makes hiding a beefy mount very difficult. Other institutions have epoxied large bases to their objects. Something I thought was too invasive for ours. I ended up designing a stout stainless steel form rolled to the proper shape. Now I sleep much better.

#dewainevalentine #museumwork #mountmaking #arthandler #sparkandanvil #sculpture

My brooch goes to London this week to face the judges... I dream about going these awards, saying Hi to @stephenwebsterjewellery and @officialtheofennell 🙏💍one day...😶 February will bring us the answers, if 2018 is the year... Though I'm not expecting too much, it is the toughest Brittish jewellery competition of the year... It's an achievement in itself completing a complex piece I'm proud of.... P.s if @cartier want to offer me an apprenticeship I'm cool with that 😂

Have drill press, will press drills. She's cute, but a real workhorse. Also...when the hell did I become a wizard? The winter beard is getting a bit ridiculous... #mountmaking #museumwork #sparkandanvil #drillpress #ryobi #itsnotthesizethatmatters #arthandler #drillbabydrill

The moment of truth! From four little pieces to one whole goddess of the hunt. If that bow didn't line up properly, I would've been in a world of pain. Luckily, everything fit together perfectly! *wipes sweat from brow.
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Soon Diana will be back in her sacred woods hunting elk and dancing among the elms.
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#mountmaking #museumwork #sparkandanvil #conservation #artconservation #sculpture #artrestoration #arthandler #dianathehuntress #greekmythology #godessofthehunt #disarm #rearm

Putting the final touches on the giant tower down at the Port of San Diego. The toucan was the cherry on top of this beast of a restoration project.

#mountmaking #museumwork #sparkandanvil #conservation #artconservation #sculpture

Some more of the students work from the Benchmark seminar. Next time you're in a museum, try to find out how they've displayed the objects. I can't go to a museum WITHOUT searching for the mounts. And I judge rather harshly. I've always said, if you notice my work, then I haven't done a good job.

#mountmaking #museumwork #sparkandanvil #benchmark #arthandler #youngpadawan

The New Year has treated me well! I made these mounts for my friend @dariadekoning ‘s beautiful #gemstone #jewelry . Go see them and Daria at the #LAArtShow, booth 156! #LAArt #mountmaking #brass #metalsmithing

Ever tried to put together 16th century samurai armor before? I can assure you that it is no easy task. It's a wonder these guys ever made it out of the house in the morning!

#samurai #armor #samuraiarmor #16thcentury #museumwork #mountmaking #arthandler #sparkandanvil

So, Princeton is a lovely place. I got an amazing behind the scenes tour of the Princeton University Art Museum with their mount maker. Made me really miss the east coast. Green everything and beautiful architecture.

#mountmaking #museumwork #sparkandanvil #princeton #architecture

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