I have seen marble, agate, mother-of-pearl and all types of inlay eggs. There is usually some sort of metal came with solder holding all of the pieces together. That was the look that I decided I wanted to achieve, without going through all of that.
I knew that the design had to be one that had a lot of "open work", and pieces that weren't too tiny or too fussy. It would also depend on what I would use for the metallic ink that would replace the metal came. I decided to use one of my old stand-by designs, the fish. And this fish would be highly stylized and very graphic. What kind of fish, though?
Well, it just so happens that a talented photographer who had taken a lot of photographs of my art for reproduction purposes had built this beautiful Koi pond in his front yard, with rocks, cascading waterfalls and beautiful water plants. It truly was a feast for the eyes. Apparently, I wasn't the only one who thought so. A week before I arrived for one of his photography sessions, he was lamenting at the loss of all of the Koi the previous week. A great Blue Heron had decided that the Sushi spread was so inviting, it must have been laid out just for him. He proceeded to pick the $90 a piece Koi out of the water and swallowed them whole. My friend had witnessed the whole thing. Being a gifted photographer, I'm sure he didn't miss the opportunity to photograph the Heron. Hopefully. So, Koi it is!
And I'm not being "Koi" when I tell you that! ;)
I hope you have enjoyed this experimental journey with me. I hope that some of you will try it yourselves! Good luck!