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August 15th, 2008


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11:27 am - Making a Special Triptych
Last night, I spent a couple of hours making something that I'd like to share with everyone: a triptych.

Now, because this is me, you know this is not going to be just any triptych. No, I created a triptych based on one of my favourite myths, a sort of little portable Pagan shrine or altarpiece.

My triptych is the story of The Original Snub.





detail with iconography noted.

Beginning at the top left, we have the wedding of Peleus and Thetis. This is a happy occasion of love (or something) which everyone is invited to, except for Eris, who is snubbed and never receives an invitation. See her snubbed in the foreground there. Cry a little. Get emotional at her snubbedness. This triptych is, after all, about her.

Now, you should avoid pissing off the goddess of discord on your wedding day. It's just bad form. The next scene, the center panel, shows what happens next: the apple of discord has rolled into the hall, with the goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, and Hera goin' all at it, pullin' hair, throwin' lightning bolts and spillin' the punch. "Catfight of the Gods". . . sounds like a B movie, huh? Well, while this is all going on, Eris is off eating a hotdog, seen high above the mess (to show that Eris is, of course, not really interested in what's going on. . . she's just put out at not being invited). Astute observers will note that this hotdog happens to have a bun. That's not a mistake. I'll have people calling me a Discoridan Heretic over this triptych with or without a bun, and both camps (bunless and bunfull) would have valid arguments. So, it's in there (much like the apple) to get people talking.

That, and adding a bun makes it look a lot less like a floating, haloed penis.

Now it just looks like a floating, haloed penis in a bun.

Besides, it's fun to talk about a "bunfull of hotdogs."

The right panel includes all the nifty things that arose from snubbing Eris at the wedding: the Trojan War, the Apple of Discord (making its appearances throughout history), the Five Fingered Hand of Eris that is a symbol of the Discoridan movement, and finally the Chaostar that is the symbol of Chaos Magicians everywhere.

It looks like this when it's closed:


It's more boring this way.

Edited to add: It's 5.25" tall, the center panel is 3.5" wide, and the side panels are each slightly over 1.75".

When collapsed, the entire thing is between 5/8" and 1" in width (the side panels don't close perfectly straight: that's to protect the interior for getting all crushed up and stuff.)

Why, yes: this little triptych will be for auction at Summerland next Saturday.

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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
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And you can bid on it!

Would love to chat about wood burning. I'm no expert at it. . . I just enjoy it. And I'm good with runes on stuff, because I've had some experience (and some really awesome shortcuts that I'll reveal to you).

Hey, if there's a cabin available, we can start filming next weekend!
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
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Ah, I should have mentioned. I'll edit the entry too, in a moment. It's 5.25" tall, the center panel is 3.5" wide, and the side panels are each slightly over 1.75".

When collapsed, the entire thing is between 5/8" and 1" in width (the side panels don't close perfectly straight: that's to protect the interior for getting all crushed up and stuff.)
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! :) Took about four hours. Plus some prep work :)
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From:prophet_maid
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
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That's awesome! How'd you do it? I want instructions!
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:24 pm (UTC)
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It was actually not too difficult. I decided what I wanted, cut down the wood, drew (by which I mean "stole images from the net") what I wanted, and then got some art-weight copper sheeting and started tracing the design. Then I drilled pilot holes and screwed in the hinges.

I used epoxy to hold the copper to the wood. . . which may or may not work in the long run, but at least it's an easy fix if it breaks in the future. :)
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From:wishesofastar
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
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That's an impressive and inspired piece of artwork.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. Inspired perhaps, but the photo shows the relief a lot nicer than the original does in most light. I'm wavering on "art," myself, because mostly what I did was cut up some wood and trace drawings onto copper (I didn't do a lick of original drawing on this, though occasional modification was necessary to avoid overcrowding the relief and making it one big blob of stuff).

But it is pretty :)
From:zen_mom
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Neat-o project!
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Thank you :) It was fun (though a tad toilsome. . . I didn't have any idea how it was going to come out when I started. . . it's the largest project of copper-embossing I've done yet.)
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From:mischevousblend
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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Wow, that is awesome!
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
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And it can be yours for the low, low price of what everyone else doesn't want to pay!
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From:dqg_neal
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Ooh. someone that has the skills to do that. I've had an idea for a triptych design that I really wanted for my altar for a long time so I'm glad other people are thinking that way/
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 16th, 2008 12:17 am (UTC)
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:) What were you thinking of making, if you don't mind me asking?
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From:angelofastheny
Date:August 15th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Maybe you can explain to me why when I purchased my pre-registration for Summerland there is a $7something shipping charge. Are they shipping me something? :D
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 16th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
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Shouldn't be. Maybe the paypal charges? It's something like 3%, so I don't really know.
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From:whereismypraire
Date:August 15th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
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that is amazingly creative mike! I'm impressed!

i tried calling you back today from last night, might try again later this evening.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 16th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
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Okay. I just have an interesting question I didn't want to leave on VM or text :) Sorry I missed your call today: was on a call with a software vendor. Stupid job.

I can just catch you tomorrow, too.
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From:tesinth
Date:August 15th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Wow, talk about too much time on your hands... :)

If you want to get really fancy, carve out the center section of wood and inlay the copper, leaving a wooden lip that allows it to close fully while still protecting the embossing (or just use slightly large hindges).

Nice result though.
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 16th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
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I thought about doing that, but honestly, this is about the extent of my "skill". . . :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:August 16th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
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You, too, can have one! I'll cook you up one next time you're by for Fuzzy!
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From:tlachtga
Date:August 16th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
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You made that? That's awesome!

I've been wanting to make a triptych:

  • The center would be the World Tree with a bunch of symbolism that would make sense at least to me: the Divine Son sitting at the base of the tree, with the oldest animals from Celtic myth: the hawk, the stag, the salmon (who would be in the well--not sure how to make that work) and the boar. (I've been working on a whole thing about this which I might someday get written up)--anyway, I want to blend the Axis Mundi with Mabon. It's only semi UPG, actually, but that's for the paper.

  • the left would be Sovereignty giving the mead cup to the King,

  • the right I'm still thinking about--I'm not sure if I want it to be the War of the Gods or the Thunderer vs. the Serpent

    The only problem? I suck at this. I can't do woodworking, and I'm a really sloppy drawer. So maybe when I have money I'll pay someone.
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    From:chronarchy
    Date:August 16th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
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    Hehe. I did make it. From scratch. Using drawings from a variety of sources (since I can't draw) for the basics, but I did all the metalwork and the woodwork.

    Well, after doing this, "thunderer vs. serpent" is much easier, let me tell you :)

    I've been thinking about a fire/well/tree one, a little differently configured.

    I love the sovereignty bit. That's beautiful, in concept. . .
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    From:telarus
    Date:August 16th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
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    Freakin' Awesome!
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    From:chronarchy
    Date:August 16th, 2008 11:03 am (UTC)
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    *grins* Glad you like it!
    From:tn_roadmap
    Date:August 17th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
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    Awesome!!!!! you done really good with this. looks great!!!!!
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    From:chronarchy
    Date:August 18th, 2008 08:49 am (UTC)
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    Thanks! :)

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