I made this key yesterday, for a colleague who has been waiting too long for it! They are particularly interested in bee-lore, so I made the handle hexagonal in shape. I wanted to use gilding for the highlights, but it took me a long time to work out a way to get the design settled in my mind. I carved the haxagonal flats and then made a slender incised line along each edge, and gilded inside the incision. It ended up looking like something from Fortnum and Mason’s confectionary counter!
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