Your Word is Your Bond

I leave for Germany tomorrow. I finished this piece,”Your Word is Your Bond,” last night.

"Your Word is Your Bond" 22x60x15, gunpowder and goldleaf on paper, wood structure

There is a flock of Gold Leaf birds flying through the arm, but it is very difficult to see them due to the discoloration that occurred during burning.

Your Word is Your Bond_Detail

This piece had to be recreated after a bit of a mishap when I switched gun powders. I had to switch after running out of Winchester 748, which was a medium/low burn rate with a low burn temperature. (It is perfect for this kind of work, but hard to find and it takes months if you order it due to governmental restrictions.) I tried to use a Magnum powder… bad idea.

Here is the video of the mishap. it is kind of funny now, but it nearly torched my camera at the time.

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