June 3, 2018 by Tom

Katheryn Winnick plays the character of “Lagertha” in the tv series “Vikings”. She is a beautiful woman and there were many images of her to choose from. Choosing the one I wanted to frame was not easy. I didn’t want one of her with her hair, makeup and clothing all fine and perfect. Rather I wanted her as she looked after a confrontation with some other unfortunate soul. I think this one captures that. I’m just glad I’m not the one on the other end of that look!
The photo is by an unknown person. This poster is of silk and comes from China.
I used mild steel angle and flat stock, with all edges flame cut with a torch, ground down where necessary, and rough welded together. I’ve added some copper elements around the outside edge which I hand riveted into place, using 103 brass rivets. The small “V” at the frame’s bottom is the series’ “Vikings” emblem.


April 7, 2018 by Tom

I’ve used flat and angled mild steel stock for this frame. All pieces were hand cut, welded together, and ground to fit and finish. I’ve added a half circle at the top which is of heavy 1/4″ copper plate. I’ve taken the constellation “Orion”, which is depicted at the top, center of the image, and added it to this copper plate. I’ve also added the “Big Dipper” to the top left of the frame, and a black Moon figure to the top right side. At the bottom hangs an upside down Cross, as she wears in the image. I found this image haunting, and can’t say enough good about Mr. Zaragoza’s vision and ability.

Waiting For Steam

January 11, 2018 by Tom

I found this wonderful figure, by Pacific Trading, on line and made a few changes to it to suit my needs. I’ve removed her wings and replaced them with a birds skull mask, hung around her neck by a chain. I then gave her both a dog and an owl as her traveling companions. I did quite a bit of work on both the dog and the owl; giving them a bit more of the Steampunk attire. I made the owls cage from a piece of aluminum flat stock, brass and steel round stock, and used appropriate fittings for its finial and door.
I’ve secured the trunk she’s sitting on to a piece of a mosaic, Marble, tile. The fencing is made of steel and brass fittings with a small chain connecting each post. The base is a hand cut and finished slice of a beautiful hardwood, from Australia, called Corymbia Opaca, or Bloodwood. The bottom is covered with a heavy felt to protect furniture.

Sad Jester

January 11, 2018 by Tom

This beautiful, hand painted figure is by Veronese. The detail on this figure is incredible, from the black tears from her eyes, to the individual gold beads in her head piece, and costume.
She’s sitting in front of a wonderful specimen of Pyrite, from Bolivia, which is loaded with crystals and lots of sparkle. I’ve also added a section of a Brazilian Amethyst Geode beneath her to add a little more color.
When I saw this figure, with its silver and gold colored finish, I knew it was perfect for this Pyrite specimen. It all blends together very nicely.
The base is of a hardwood, which I hand cut and finished, called Corymbia Opaca. It comes from Australia. Its common name is Bloodwood. I’ve covered the bottom with a heavy felt to protect furniture.