I place the credit/blame for these squarely at @Clone 's doorstep. He got me playing with making “scroll bowls” late last week, to see how to create them in Illustrator.
He didn’t want to use Illustrator, but I kept playing anyway. And while I was messing with them, I messed a little further and tried to figure out how to make non-round, non-wavy ring bowls, which the scroll bowls rely on for their structure.
So these don’t look like much, but they were actually kind of tricky to execute.
Threw some engraving on there for variety, rotated and swiveled, and let the smoke wash over the un-masked wood for some really cool shading effects…those were what sold me on these things and they were a totally unexpected surprise. In certain light, these have an almost metallic sheen.
(And no pictures of this, but they look even better as 3D domed frames.)
And eventually I wound up with a little “Apple for the Teacher” tray, that I thought would make a cute gift for teachers since it’s coming up on “Back to School” time. It’s quick to make up, and you could personalize it with the teacher’s name or the class information in the center.
And the sticker I just thought was perfect, so I bought it for home security purposes.