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February 7, 2013
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Airship Three, view 1 by merimask Airship Three, view 1 by merimask
Airship Three! So much fun to make, and I added even more customizations to this one (including brackets made of clock hands and very cool baroque brass angels). This is not a toy and not a Christmas ornament; it is a completely hand built miniature model and priced as such. Available here: [link]

More about this piece:
The ship's hull is made from pieced, sculpted and carved leather, dyed and painted with acrylics in brown, black and gold, sealed (just like my masks) with a clearcoat for durability. Inside; two levels of stained wooden decking. Below, two graceful leather flight fins bolted onto the the hull with brackets made from brass clock hands, to keep the airship on an even keel.

The ship is adorned with real brass fittings, including an anchor on a chain, brass angels on the prow for a figurehead, and a tiny brass ship's wheel at the helm. It also has lovely 3-d sculptural brass floral decorations on the stern. In back; a tiny brass propeller mounted on a copper "housing" and it actually spins (not motorized...just cute!).

I made bronze wire-wrapped lanterns from quartz rear lanterns and a white "hurricane lantern" hung from the bowsprit. The rear lanterns hang from brass brackets made from clock hands, bolted to the stern.

The ship is suspended from a "helium balloon" made of paper mache, decorated with gears and brass findings, painted cream with gold details and decorated with black baroque 3-d sculptural swirls and crystals. Hand-knotted netting of brown embroidery yarn supports the top and bottom copper gears. The ship is suspended from the bottom gear by five bright brass chains (approximately 5 inches log each) which are attached prettily to the ship by five brass eye bolts firmly screwed into the hull.

The dimensions (in inches):
Ship hull...length: 5", width: 1 & 3/4"
Ship and fins...length: 5", width: 3", height: 5"
Balloon: 4" round
Entire piece including chains: approximately 13", not including the anchor which hangs from a 4" chain

The whole sculpture weighs about 13 ounces. It will come with a gold ribbon for hanging. Although it has tiny delicate parts, the construction is solid with all pieces firmly bolted and cemented. Care needs to be taken with the paper mache ball, though it is sturdy because the ball has a hard plastic core.

This is NOT a toy. There are tiny parts on this piece, and it includes metal gears with sharp pointy edges. It should never be displayed anywhere in reach of children.

This piece took days to build and can never be repeated again. Signed dated and numbered "Airship Three"
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Given 2013-06-07
Airship Three, view 1 by *merimask is a skilled multi-media sculpture with a unique and beautiful design. ( Featured by cakecrumbs )
ryanisnasty Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Congratulations on the well deserved DD!
AmyLinesAndColour Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These are so amazing! I love the little details and that there is enough space to put your own little air pirate on there.
HeavensDawn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Congrats on the DD! It was much deserved!
Pikachu-28 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
autumnlit Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Congratulations on the DD! :squee: :heart:
Beltaneh Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Great work, very detailed ^^ Congrats on your DD
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing - congrats on the DD
VanessaHolanda Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Congrats in the DD!!
blanket86 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so amazing! I love this style and composition!
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