A few weeks had passed and my family and i were on holiday in Norfolk on the east coast of England and just out of the blue one day i found myself staring at this french antique clock in a shop window and the idea hit me there and then.
Returning from our holiday i put pencil to paper and made some rough sketches of the idea that had been lingering around in my head and started gathering the bits and pieces i required to see it through, after a couple of weeks my first miniature piece of work was complete and i was hooked.
The piece i made is... shall we say not to every ones taste, but is based on the Paris catacombs a place that has always fascinated me,seeing that french clock just made something click.
The skull is carved from genuine bone and mounted to a plaque which resembles a date stone also from the catacombs. All of the inside was then covered in genuine 18th century vellum which came from a damaged document i acquired some time ago, the door is fitted with a piece of optical glass from a pair of broken Victorian spectacles. At the very top is mounted a hand carved rutile quartz skull.
The rest of this piece was made up from items taken from broken watches and clocks which gave an effect that i was very pleased with.This piece measures H100mm x W50mm the inside compartment is 40mm square.
Strange how an old broken box can lead to a passion for creating miniature works of art. So with my first piece of work complete i was addicted, everything i seem to look at now in an artistic sense i also imagine in miniature too, and i continue as i did then to produce all of my work with either broken or discarded materials.