I made this little wall shelf during the winter. When it's too snowy and cold to be on my bike, in the garden, or casting troughs, I need an outlet for my busy hands. The shelf is about 14" wide and 6" high, perfect for working on at the table while I drink coffee watch it snow outside.
The shelf started with a wooden armature, a few layers of 2" blue foam board (not visible), and Apoxy, a two-part epoxy clay (the gray part in the photos). I form the detail by hand over a few hours. The Apoxy is hard enough to carve, file or sand after it cures for 24 hours.
Once I was happy with the final form, I painted it with a light tan acrylic paint, then glazed it with burnt umber and mica dust, which gives it depth and sparkle.
I've always admired the basket-weave form of early Christian capitals. Above and below are photos from The Cloisters, the Metropolitan Museum of Art's medieval museum in the Bronx.
I like these two a lot. Maybe next winter...