Thursday, December 1, 2022

Friday Face OFF 12/2/22


Happy December and Friday Face OFF.
Before I get started, I will be posting FFO on Thursday nights. I hope this will help my East Coast participants. 
I have been very busy in the art room working on several projects at a time. When I do this it's because things need time to dry. So..... during a drying time I started going through art drawers. I came across a carved pipe head that I made quite a few years ago. Why not make a smoking pipe? This is NOT the traditional Native pipe I normally make. 
It is also my face for FFO.
click on photos to see larger.
 One of my clay faces draped in fur.

 Smoking pipe.

 Soapstone pipe head.

 Close up of carving.

 This is a one piece cedar pipe blank. I don't like the wooden mouth piece so I saw it off.

 You can see how small the drill hole is to try to get smoke through.

 I make it larger with this very long drill bit.

 I use hair pipe bone for the mouth piece and connectors. This is a 1" coffee dyed.

It is glued into place. About 1/2".

 I did drill the hair pipe to make the flow better.

I use the same technique to attach the pipe head.

 This is a 1" hair pipe bone bead that I carved down in the middle so it is straight.

 This fits perfectly into the pipe head and the pipe blank. Both ends much be air tight.

 It's all together. Now to dress it.

I would normally carve a space for the crystal but I just wrapped it. Maybe later I will remove the leather and do that.

 This pipe measures 15" long.

 I haven't made a pipe in a long time and this was fun. When I finished my other projects were dry. :)
Update; yes, this pipe can be smoked.
Now for the featured artist.
This week is #5, 
Monica from NatureFootstep.
I have to tell you, that I am so glad the number generator makes the pick. I would put all of you as the featured artist. I am overwhelmed at the faces all of you are showing on FFO. Thank you.
 hmmmm I don't have any extra faces to show so guess what? A second featured artist.
 This second pick is Sirrkis a digital artist.

 I will be linking up with Gillena
Now it's your turn to show  your face. Any kind of face in any medium. Link back to me from your blog and link here with M. Linky. 
That's it for now.


Christine said...

Interesting pipehead.

roentare said...

Your various forms of arts are always incredible to view and enjoy. The digital work you did was quite intriguing too

Iris Flavia said...

That pipe is great! I will not show this to Hubby, otherwise he wants to have it! (He has more than enough objects from other cultures already).
To a happy Friday!

Valerie-Jael said...

Fabulous art, as always! You have been very busy! Love the pipe! Happy Friday, Valerie

sirkkis said...

Hello Nicole,
You are a genius in making your amazing art. Absolutely amazing how you made the pipe drilling and designing it. A bow from me.
Thank you for showing my heart ached girl; she thanks too ;)
I am wishing you a very happy holiday season, take care and be well :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your carved pipe is beautiful. i love how you shared how it was made. Nicely done to finish it.

Wish I had known you are posting early, I stayed up till 2 and was surprised at how many had already linked. I am barely awake because I have to be out the door at 8 today.

NatureFootstep said...

Hi Nicole. Nice to be featured :) You have already seen my face post today. But your friends might not have that :) I like the old Native pipes. I have one but not as fancy as yours. :)

Rita said...

What a beautiful pipe! Love the step-by-step pics.
Have a great weekend. :)

David M. Gascoigne, said...

I think the face on my latest post should be the inspiration for your next carving, Nicole! That should be a challenge you can't resist!

Tom said...

...Nicole, your art and craft abilities seem to be endless. I continue to learn more about your work. Thanks for hosting the party.

My name is Erika. said...

I love that carved pipe. You really made good use of drying time and ended up with something pretty spectacular. Happy FRiday to you Nicole. hugs-Erika

Gene Black said...

Is the pipe actually useable? Would someone use it or is it just and art piece?

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Beautiful pipe and faces

Jeanie said...

I never would have thought to making anything like that. Well done. I love that it's useable too.

Fundy Blue said...

Thanks, Nicole for creating this lovely pipe and sharing your process. Amazing!

Gillena Cox said...

Quite interesting pipe, Nicole.
Happy Friday. Thanks for linking to Art For Fun Friday.
I write my post on Thursday nights and schedule it to appear early on Fridays. So instead of automatic publish i click publish and set time and date.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your artistry always amazes me!

Cloudia said...

Very cool pipe! I like your art and your whole approach. Keep it up

kwarkito said...

all your objects and works are really beautiful and intriguing. I thank you very much for your very kind and encouraging remarks. I think we could indeed have a lot to talk about. Have a nice weekend

The Happy Whisk said...

Hi! I love that you make pipes. Same here when stuff is drying, then I go to work on something else. I'm currently waiting for my new table top bench to finish curing. So fun. Happy Friday. Cheers, Ivy.

kathyinozarks said...

awesome pipes happy friday

Magaly Guerrero said...

Happiest December to you! I'm always amazed (and a bit jealous) by your ability to sculpt and carve... I bet one would enjoyed getting lost in your studio for an hour or three.

carol l mckenna said...

You are so creative and always have something wonderful ! Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Lowcarb team member said...

That is a beautiful pipe.
Many thanks for showing the step-by-step photographs.

Happy weekend wishes.

All the best Jan

Rajani Rehana said...

Super post

Andrea @ From The Sol said...

That is an amazing pipe ... I love the things you do. I have Indian blood in my family so I especially like Native American art. Bring it on, Nicole :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Luiz Gomes said...

Boa noite minha querida amiga Nicole. Seus trabalhos são maravilhosos. Bom início de semana com muita paz e saúde.

Fundy Blue said...

I'm all caught up on your posts, Nicole. It was fun to go back and read the ones I had missed. Hugs to you!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Now I want to make a pipe! Thanks for showing how you made this one.

EricaSta said...

Amazing pipe ... wonderful artwork indeed. Thank you for sharing.

Have a fine Christmas time.

Cathy Kennedy said...


You amaze me all the time with your talents. The pipe is super cool and looks fabulous! Have a festive, happy December dear friend. :)

Debra said...

The pipe is interesting and you do such detailed work.