Sunday, August 24, 2014

My large bronze turtle 'the sun worshipper' arrives in Canada...

Bronze midland painted turtle in Lake Wilcox park, Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. By Steve Worthington.
The sun worshipper.
Although the sun was in when these pics were taken!

My bronze turtle arrived safe and sound and is now installed in Lake Wilcox park.
It's near Toronto, in the Town of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Well he seems quite popular with the locals, and while you can't see from these pics, he's sculpted all the way around, even where you can't see underneath.

Freshly cast and welded and sand-blasted, but yet to receive a patina

That tickles!

No, he's not balancing a green pom pom on his head!

Making more friends...
It has been a real treat to make this piece, so my thanks go to those who both requested me to do it, and to those who helped me bring it to fruition!


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New bronze box turtles up for grabs on Kickstarter...

Here's my newest offering up for grabs on Kickstarter- box turtles!
Click HERE to check out my new box turtles. I have had a blast making them and hope you love them too!


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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Soon I will be saying 'goodbye'...

Steve Worthington with bronze painted turtle (pre-patina)
 Above is my turtle before patina, and below is Mike Masse (master patineur) having completed his handiwork. I asked for a traditional bronze patina that would weather well.

Mike Masse with Steve Worthington's bronze painted turtle (post patina)
 Below are a few smaller ones as well!
A selection of variously sized bronze turtles (and one silver turtle)
Soon it will be off to Canada to stand guard over a lake in a park. And I only just got it house trained!

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Oh my (the structure sensor for iPad)...

I can just tell this thing is going to create all kinds of a ruckus.
Of special interest to my eyes is the bit where it's scanning a sculpture and then it gets 3D printed.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Saddle up! Mysteries of medieval jousting saddles unlocked...

When I was making my beefier jousting toad on a snapping turtle I seached again for jousting saddles from bygone eras.
I found a couple of recent posts by some people who take their re-creations of such things very seriously indeed! They'd be Arne Koets, Joram van Essen, and Wouter Nicolai, among others.

Here's a LINK to their explorations, experiments and findings.
Pretty fascinating stuff.

So I used their expertise to inform the sculpting of my new saddle.
Of course they had to make something to support a heavily armored real person to sit comfortably on and without hurting a real horse.

Here's an image from their post I was very happy to come by.

More on this at thejoustinglife.com (see link above)



I, on the other hand, was making a saddle for an imaginary toad to sit on an imaginary turtle. Although I still wanted both my imaginary chums to be comfy.


Medieval jousting saddle typically used by turtle-riding toads

Medieval war saddle used by toads in jousting tournaments when riding turtles


Even though there's a blanket thing covering much of it, I stuck fairly closely to the old style saddle.
There's fudging and artistic license here and there of course, but I'm glad I found an authentic path to follow!

Here's the saddle in a turnaround video, although you'll probably need to hit the full screen icon and use the pause button if you want to get a good look at the leather tooling, studs, and what have you...!



Kickstarter update: Funding and pre-ordering for the Silver Ghosts pendant collection is being made at a splendid clip (it ends on June 26th)!

Thanks to backers and those who have 'liked', tweeted or in other ways helped spread the word, we're at 6 times the funding goal! I've snapped up a few tools and am tweaking away at the metal masters here and there, and re-doing some others so they'll be as good as I want them to be when finished in solid silver.
Thanks again backers and spreaders-of-the-word!





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