When studying your stone, and planning how to best fit your maquette into the marble, you need to remember that you are drawing in Three Dimensions. This is easier said than done when you consider that you are dealing with an irregular shaped block that most likely has flaws.
The human body is a wonder to observe. Every fold, bend, curve of muscle reminds us of the miracle of life. Even more interesting and miraculous is the complex nature of human emotion and thought. The slightly raised eyebrow or tilt of the head, subtle changes in gestures are designed to emote feelings.
Michelangelo’s genius was not just found in his unparalleled skills in marble carving, but much more significantly, in his mastery of sculpting the true human fluid form out of unforgiving cold stone. Continue reading
Marble counter tops look better when the stone has a ‘marbled’ colour… that is, swirls of varying tones and shades…. This will enhance the appearance in your kitchen…
A stone without faults is best, but if they are present (and most affordable stone will have at least one) mapping out the fault line, and then working around them is critical if you don’t want your hard work shearing off in unexpected directions. This has happened to us all and nothing feels worse…. I would rather pummel my thumb then crack my statue along a fault….