Unless otherwise noted, the basket illusion pieces that I make are from one solid piece of Hard Maple. I chose
this wood for a few reasons. First, it holds the beading and coloring the extremely well. Second, it's locally
sourced and indigenous to my area. And third it provides me with the most neutral pallette possible so the colors
I show a customer on paper can reign true on the actual piece.
I am always coming up with new designs and have a healthy catalog of them. A customer may choose one of them and also pick which colors they would like. Or, a custom pattern could be devised. For that I would charge an art fee, but will apply that fee towards the piece once the design is agreed upon. The one thing that I do not like to do is copy a design of another customers. If I contact that customer and they permit me to do so, then that's fine. Also, I will never copy another artists work. If it's to be used as inspiration and enough of the idea is changed, then that's permissable. The plates, platters, bowls or hollow forms are around 1/4" or less in thickness. Yes, they are thin and fragile so please, handle with care. I form the beads in circular and then radial fashion based on the agreed design.On the back or bottom, a small flat footing is left for stability and my signature.
Each bead is burned, by hand, individually. For example, on a plate that is 8" in diameter (as shown in the gallery), there's an average of around 3400+ beads per side. I then burn in a pattern around the edge. That can be a herringbone, basket weave or something custom. The idea here is to make it look authentic as possible, to look like it's actually woven. Each bead is colored by hand, one at a time. I've been asked if the colors are printed on. Nope, it's all done by hand. I strictly use india ink because it is light fast and will not fade over time. It's the type of ink they use in museums. After the color stage is done I apply a few coats of satin lacquer to seal the wood.