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These past few weeks I carved a family coat of arms in stone for a customer. It was a top quality piece of stone, as I found out soon enough: I never encountered such a rock hard piece of Belgian blue stone (arduin) in my previous works. This piece therefore more than deserved its name of ‘petit granit‘ by right then. It tested my skills to the limit, I have to say, and also my chisels; frequently the tungsten carbide chisel chipped at its cutting edge. …Read the whole article… →
For an overview of the process I've put all the photos of the workon the family crest of Duitgenius in a row, as a sort of timelapse. It is carved in limestone and about 80 x 80 cms tall. Read about the whole process here. …Read the whole article… →
The limestone, polychromated relief with the coat-of arms of the Duitgenius family was installed saterday March 1 March 2014 on the front wall of the house. Luckily it was dry, and though a little bit more sun would have been nice, everything went smoothly during the mounting. The coat of arms is suspended from four stainless steel pins in the wall. …Read the whole article… →
To my great joy the family crest of Duitgenius was polychromed in full glory, which means painted in multiple colours. Rómulo has had quite a bit of work doing all the, guilding, base coats, silver plating and several coats of colour.
Rómulo has begun polychroming of the coat-of-arms. Polychroming is just a fancy word for painting something in multiple colours. In this case the colours are red, green, gold and silver. In terms of heraldry that would be gule, vert or sinople, or and some argent. On a large part of the relief the base coat in white can still be seen, grey and yellow. Actually we shouldn't take a look in the kitchen before the cook serves the food, but I trust the reader to understand that a lot of finishing touches will follow.…Read the whole article… →
Rómulo has started with the gilding. The bars of the helmet, the edge and the string of the helmet and the buttons of the heraldic roses are gilded with 23,75 carat double gold. The helmet itself is painted silver. On the photos most places where gold should come are still yellow; that's the base coat for gilding. …Read the whole article… →
The relief with the family crest of Duitgenius today went on a trip to the painter, Rómulo Döderlein de Win. I know Rómulo since 1983, when we both studied theology in Amsterdam. Incidentally we both later entered the restoration business, he as a painter (and portraitist and heraldry painter) and I as a sculptor. This is the first time we're doing a work together, so that's something that gives me extra joy. …Read the whole article… →
After several days of sanding, filing and rasping the crest stone with the open carved family crest of Duitgenius finished, as far as this concerns the carving. It is about 80 x 80 cm tall and ten cms thick. The next step is polychromy. More on this later.
Sometime in the month of March the finished coat of arms will be installed.
Now that the whole coat-of-arms is just about in place, I continued with the finishing and detailing of the family coat of arms. On the right it's already nearing the end finish. When this is done I will turn the relief around, to finish and sand all the holes.