Will be taking a few favorite snow globes to show the “steamconstituents.”
All designs and photographs are copyright (c) Camryn Forrest Designs, 2013.
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.
What is it about airships, you ask? I have no easy answer. I like the way they look, the adventures they imply, the endless possibilities. And they seem somehow, green, you know? They just putter along with mostly windpower (that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.)
TotusMel was kind enough to feature one of my floating snow globes on her recent blog showing a collection of airships. (Never say “blimp,” it hurts their feelings.) http://totusmelswunderkammer.blogspot.com/2013/05/dirigible.html
It got me thinking: just how many airship/dirigible/zeppelin snow globes HAVE I made? I did a quick inventory from the past few months and it appears if you include hot air balloons, flying saucers, rockets and dirigible as “airships” … well, I’ve done quite a few.
Let’s see …
And then there’s this one, nearly finished.
I call it “Flight of the Warrior Rhino.” Coming soon to a fantasy near you.
Don’t ask. Sometimes these sculptures have a mind of their own.
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 the featured globe on the front of the Sandwich Glass Museum December brochure. So cool!
The funny thing about this snow globe is … I was trying to remake a particular favorite globe. It didn’t seem like such a big request, after all, I’d done it once before.
So here is the globe I MEANT to re-make:
… and here is the globe I made instead. (I admit it: Not even close.)
On the other hand, sometimes the sequel IS better than the original. The biggest and most interesting difference (to me) is the attempt to weather the ship to show it had been places, seen things, survived adventures and come home to tell the tale. Paint and stain was used to indicate wear and tear, repairs and how the elements might affect an old airship through the years.
The original sculpture is tiny, as evidenced here before it was inserted into the glass globe and liquid. Yes, just over 2 inches.
When shaken, the snowglobe fills with glittering swirls of metallic (mainly gold) dust, which shimmers and floats very slowly to the base, creating an illusion of perhaps sailing in the clouds near sunset, or a world with industrial smoke and residue.
Detail of the waterglobe (snowglobe), showing the propellers on the nose of ship, followed by the tail view, as the ship sails off to a new adventure.
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