'Candle Ice Two' (Right Antler - Phase 11) by Shane Wilson

The portion of the antler that joins the skull is called the 'seal' and the bumpy ridge around the perimeter of this area is called the 'coronet'. Each year the adult bull moose sheds his antlers when the seal deteriorates and separates from the skull. Generally this leaves a uniform curved, raised surface on the seal (as was the case with the left antler).

In this case, the seal was formed unevenly, with a large indentation or groove bisecting the surface (A). My initial design response to this anomaly was to create a kind of inverse palette and tongue shape on the seal and accentuate the facets of the coronet (B). However, this didn't seem to work with the overall sharply angled pattern when both antlers were viewed together. I found this element distracting.

What it seemed to need was an angular feel, to tie into the angles in the main portion of the antler, across the rounded hub section (C). At the same time, I minimized the coronet facets to round out the feel along the end of the antler, to establish some consistency with the left antler's coronet's rounded shape (D).

'Candle Ice Two' (Right Antler - Phase 11d - coronet and seal) by Shane Wilson
D. Coronet and seal, final detail.

'Candle Ice Two' (Right Antler - Phase 11c - coronet and seal) by Shane Wilson
C. Adding angled elements and minimizing coronet facets.

'Candle Ice Two' (Right Antler - Phase 11b - coronet and seal) by Shane Wilson
B. First attempt at a design solution.

'Candle Ice Two' (Right Antler - Phase 11a - coronet and seal) by Shane Wilson
A. Initial shape of the coronet and seal with groove.


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