“Owl Earring Hanger #2”, Daniel D. Brown, 2017

I decided to make a simpler Owl earring hanger – One that takes less time to assemble and is much less unwieldy to ship. i.e. one that’s actually worth it for me to make and sell to people. This first one was an experiment with home-made stains using vinegar and steel wool.

Note the hanging basket in which studs and earring backs can be placed.

Purchase at the Laughing Mantis Studio Etsy Store ($150)!


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Tridimensional Portrait of a Lizard in the Midst of an Existential Crisis, Daniel D. Brown, 2017, Oil and Glass on Canvas and Apoxie Sculpt

So this was an incredibly fun project to work on, which I apparently did over the course of about 6 months. I also featured this piece in the 20th annual Art All Night – Lawrenceville.

Original SOLD

“Lizard in the Midst of an Existential Crisis”
Art All Night 2017

It all started with just a small canvas and a little bit of apoxie sculpt.

Note: The eye was first painted on canvas – which I eventually cut out because I hated the canvas texture.
Only some of the scales are sculpted
Painting between scales
I went through many layers of oil paint over several months (oil dries SLOWLY). Note the canvas texture to the eye. Blech. I’m fine with canvas for some of the skin and how it contrasts with the sculpted part.
As mentioned above, I hated the eye. So I ripped it out and sculpted an actual iris (that pupil actually has depth including behind the iris)
Glass cabochon
There is pearl pigment mixed in the iris paint
In the end, I epoxied the sculpted iris to the back of the glass with a crystal clear resin. I built the frame out of some 100+ year old reclaimed wood.


“Shadow Box Coffee Table,” Daniel D. Brown, 2004

I have a huge collection of fossils, shells, rocks, and other natural artifacts. I also had an old shitty table with particleboard insets. I decided to cut those out, build a shadow box, , a drawer, new legs, and get a custom-cut glass top (extra thick so my pets can jump on it without fear of breaking).

It’s not exactly well built or anything. But I’m pretty pleased with it for someone who hasn’t a clue what he’s doing.

Here was the process:

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And the collection:CoffeeTable12_DanielDBrown_2004_600 CoffeeTable011_DanielDBrown_2004_600