Bang!

I was asked recently if I had any snow globe featuring weapons. Hmmm, let’s see.

Keeping in mind that these sculptures are about two inches tall and completely non-functional, of course, the answer is yes. A look back at a few of the imaginary “weapons” we’ve created.

Bang! goes the pistol and Pyooo! Pyooo! goes the Ray Gun. The high-heeled cannon, a cross between fashion and self-defense, simply goes Boom!

Buck Rogers would be proud.

Buck Rogers comic book cover

Snow and sparkle globes by Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado. All images and designs are copyright (c) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

The strange saga of the Warrior Rhino snow globe

It was a simple idea at the time. I wanted, I planned, to make a snow globe sculpture called “Invisible Carousel.” I sketched it out to perfection. Frollicking giraffes and unicorns, a pig and a buffalo, all parading in a whimsical circle.

A sweet little idea, with a variety of small metal animals, each perched atop an unseen clear support, at different heights, so when viewed inside the snow globe, it would appear to be a carousel with no mechanical support. The invisible carousel. Charming. Dripping with charm.

I collected the animals I needed and began to work.

Until the Rhino.

Oh, the Rhino! Barely the size of my thumbnail, he exuded a fierce personality, completely unsuited for the sweet endless ride of a carousel. “I want adventure!” he proclaimed. “I have battles yet to fight, and honor to defend.” He refused to sit politely on a carousel post, protesting that he was too old to be ridden by a child, no matter how imaginary. He seemed to cock his rhino horn in my direction, looking as threatening as his 19 or so millimeters would allow.

How does one deny the will of the angry Rhino? Using the tiniest tools, I crafted a tiny harness of leather straps and chains, and fitted the Rhino carefully. Next, I outfitted a grand airship for him, battle-worn, but complete with bazookas and other weaponry. I hung ammo belts and tiny knife sheaths off his harness, and put torpedoes at his disposal on each side.

Go forth and fight your battles, Warrior Rhino. The carousel can ride another day.

The Warrior Rhino flies at dawn.

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

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Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino custom snow globe, Camryn Forrest Designs 2013

Flight of the Warrior Rhino Snow Globe, Camryn Forrest DesignsAll images and designs are copyright (c) 2013 Camryn Forrest Designs, Denver, Colorado USA.

Celebrating Snow Globes – on Display

It’s a big honor to have our snow globes displayed in a museum!

Five unique snow globes created by Camryn Forrest Designs are on display for the rest of November and all of December as part of the “Celebrating Snow Globes” exhibit at the Sandwich Glass Museum in Sandwich, Mass. This is about an hour’s drive from Boston, or an hour’s drive from Providence. If you go there, you’ll see an entire collection of snow globes, both antique and modern.

Here’s what is on display from Camryn Forrest Designs:

Airship Voyager, Uncharted Skies, Sacramento Steampunk Society snow globe (courtesy Collection of Doug Hack), Ray Gun One, and Circular Logic snow globes.

And bonus: the Airship Voyager snow globe is theย  featured globe on the front of the Sandwich Glass Museum December brochure. So cool!

Custom Waterglobe/Snowglobe: RayGun One

The challenge was simple: could I make a model “Ray Gun” small enough to fit inside a 4-inch glass globe? After many trials and errors, I found a design that was pleasing. I knew I wanted to make a custom base that gave the impression of a bullet belt, but I realized that Ray Guns probably don’t use bullets. Instead, I made the custom base using glass fuses, which seemed plausible.

The copper discs at the base of the gun are not pennies; they are individual molds of antique military buttons. Instead of “snow” we floated a whirlwind of tiny silver specks, which gives the impression of “rays” without the risk. At AnomolyCon in Denver, this was one of the most popular of all the snowglobes displayed.

RayGun One, custom waterglobe, 2012