Having finished my "secret" commission, I've been able to work on a piece which came about as the result of receiving a package of presents from Dee Wilder, a marvellous artist who works predominately in polymer clay:

 

Mystery Package... 13

 

I've worked with Dee's pieces before (for example, the brooch "Richard III" - http://crafthaus.ning.com/photo/richard-iii - or "The Seventh Terrace" - http://crafthaus.ning.com/photo/the-seventh-terrace-front ) and this time, it was her faux owl skull with glass taxidermy eyes which fired me up.

 

The moment I saw it, I was reminded of Lord Sepulchrave, The 76th Earl of Groan, a character in one of my favourite works of literature, The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peak. It also struck me that as this is the 100th anniversary of Peake's  birth, this would be an interesting project. 

 

This is how far I've managed to get with it:

 

Ceremonial Chain For Sepulchrave, 76th Earl Of Groan (WIP) 4

 

I'll not get too much more done before going on holiday for Easter!

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