On to the painter's!

painting the base coat

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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…

Family crest of Duitgenius completed

familiewapen steen, kalksteen

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After several days of sanding, filing and rasping the crest stone with the open carved family crest of Duitgenius is 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.

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Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

Family Crest Duitgenius-4: detailing and finishing

Family Crest Duitgenius in stone-finishing← to the first post about this project

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.

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Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

Family Crest Duitgenius in stone-3

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After some more carcing the other side is also roughly carved. When the wings on top of the helmet (standing for Swiftness and Protection) are carved as well, I can start with the detailing. Rivets on the helmet, string, precise finishing of all the curves and sanding everything smooth. To be read in a next post!

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Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

Family Crest Duitgenius in stone 2

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The coat-of-arms starts getting some contours by now.

It was already getting dark when I decided to shoot a picture of the progress made. My lamp sits on the floor behind me, to the right, so the light in this picture seems to come from the bottom right.
I have started shaping the mantling on the right-hand side (heraldically left) now. …Read the whole article…

Another coat-of-arms

This week I started the next project, another coat-of-arms this time. In this case, the crest must be carved completely open. I started with cutting the contours. Then I first addressed the helmet, so I can see how the other parts relate to that in depth and shape. …Read the whole article…

Family crest completed

familiewapen in steen, zandsteen, wapensteen, zandstenen wapenschild

Crest stone with Van Heeckeren family coat of arms, Bentheimer sandstone, 120 cms

 

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After this photo was taken, I added the polka dots and stripes on the shield signifying the color code for the gold and red of the Van Heeckeren's.
It was a very interesting assignment, because the coat-of-arms are usually very lively depictions. Because I like it when a relief has a little volume, this one was carved about twelve centimetres (five inches) deep; This gave me the chance to undercut parts such as the tail and two front legs and especially to carve the helmet very open and voluminous. As a result, there is a very clear distinction between light and darkness.

The relief was carved out of Bentheimer sandstone, type Gildehaus. It is 120 cms in diameter and a total of 20 cms thick, of which the relief itself has 12 cms of depth.

Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

Finishing- halfway

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The griffins and the base are now just about carved. Now it's time for the helmet and the mantling, and then all the details need to be carved really crisp (nails, hairs, dotting the i's and crossing the t's…). Finally, I will have a go at the profiled edge, but that can be seen in a next post. …Read the whole article…

Finishing and Detailing

detailing coat of arms1

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After a period of vacation I carried on with carving the coat of arms relief. Detailing often takes twice as long as the initial carving process, and this one is no exception. I started with the 'right hand’ griffin …Read the whole article…