An unusual entry in the NASA Etsy contest — but also one of my very favorites — this stained glass mosaic of the Carina Nebula is simply amazing. I love the three-dimensional aspect, the detail work on the painted grout… all the glass of course (by now, surely you guys know I’m a sucker for glass. And raku. And jewelry. And gems. And anything remotely Moon-related or even vaguely lunar-named.)
This mosaic was inspired by the Carina Nebula (one of the largest seen star-birth regions of the galaxy), and all of the knowns and unknowns of space. The swirling gas, the light, the shapes… it seems that a person could endlessly be inspired by the images NASA has made available to all of us, via the incredible Hubble Telescope.
This is not just a stained glass piece.. there are many components (to be more true to Carina, I wanted to use many different elements to create the whole): marble, sea glass, beads, sand, stained glass, shells, tile, blown glass shapes, millefiori, and weeks of work… All glass is hand cut, and all grout has been hand painted as well.
Hydrogen and dust create amazing spiral towers from the wall of the Carina nebula… which I’ve represented with spiraling shells, rising out of my mosaic.
It’s beautiful, head over to Etsy and give it a look-see!
Last week’s Mooncrafts post was such a rollicking good time (okay, for me I mean), that I decided to post another segment! First up, a set of rings, one featuring Mokume-gane (“wood-grain metal”) in a raindrop pattern, which does well as a lunar-crater pattern too (in my opinion.)
Next up, a lunar surface pendant:
The listing itself is short on description, but it features “craters” in sterling silver, a small faceted sapphire, and a bumpy lunar “surface” of botryoidal azurite (the blue sibling of malachite.) I am giving you all these links because minerals and gemstones are important to me, and I would be remiss if I didn’t satisfy your curiosity with explanations of the terms, should you be curious. Besides, it’s not every day you run into a weird word like botryoidal!
Finally, one might call this last item a stretch, in terms of its “lunar-ness”, but it reminds me of funky sci-fi movie sets, and has the word “lunar” in the title, so I am letting it pass. That it is raku probably helped its chances, in my particular case:
In truth, I definitely think this should be an artifact from an ancient lunar civilization, or perhaps a future civilization that was somehow punted through a time distortion to land in the year 2010. Would have this in my office in a heartbeat.
More amazing space crafts are up for voting in the NASA Etsy craft contest — I’m featuring several over the next two days because there’s some amazing stuff to see! The first two photos are of an amazing high-texture embroidery of the Moon. It’s really worth looking at the rest of the images on the listing, to get a feel for the range of texture and stitches involved!
Next, a fantastic moon crater ring! I’ve tagged this “for men” because it’s a size 11.5. If you’re a woman and you can wear it, by all means! (And wow, you have bigger fingers than me… and I have big hands!)
Last but not least, two of my favorite things combine in a beautiful art piece, a raku-fired ceramic lunar crater:
Vote today for these and many other amazing things, as part of the NASA Etsy contest!
What’s more romantic than finding love in outer space? This is a glazed ceramic tile, which has been sandblasted by my husband and myself in our home studio. The stencils are handmade, created from my original astronauts in space artwork, and applied by hand. The deep blue glaze has been carved through to show the exposed white ceramic beneath.
(Found via New Scientist: Putting the craft in spacecraft.)