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Tree of Life and the Diamond of Eternal Youth Prop by osiskars Tree of Life and the Diamond of Eternal Youth Prop by osiskars
WATCH THIS : Video of it working: youtu.be/Y8ugmi10hbM

This is my last University project, the final one to get my degree. 

Ba(Hons) in Model Design and Special Effects at University of Hertfordshire

So this is a prop, for say an adventure film, like Indiana Jones.
It is mechanical with basic motor and lead screw principle.
Based on the Idea of Three of life, and basic concepts taken from  Yggdrasil . Overall concept is original , and the final design is an original.The Key design(the round gold disk in the front) is taken from a drawing by Alexander Faolchu (World tree).

When the tree opens there is a giant heart shaped red diamond. That possesses magical powers! 
When it is dark in the room because the diamond glows, it creates a shadows all around the walls of the room , shadows in the shapes of the sculpted pattern.
All the sides of the tree base have the roots gripping onto the block , trying to infuse with it so to become inseparable and protect itself.
The knots are lit with little LEDs wired from the inside. To create the illusion that the tree is full with life.
The Shell was all hand sculpted. based on 18th century floral ornaments , my own final design , sculpted and cast in resin and paint finished to look like metal (silver) filigree.
The tree branches are griping and holding the diamond in place close to the trunk and the life within the tree.
In the top shot picture you can see the point where all of the 6 sections join together, and can notice where they come apart.
Once opened, the six sections  don't interfere with each other as the opening is designed so that they open and go under each other. From top creates this floral look ,like a flower that has bloomed.


Project Lenght - 16 Weeks at University. 
Body-Sculpted and cast.
Mechanical parts(insides) 3D printed , and laser cut, for precision.
Fiberglassing , aluminium machining, CNC, and other techniques.
Diamond- Dyed Clear cast resin. Shape is accurate to a real heart shaped diamond cut.

More progress pictures and other pictures at osiskars.deviantart.com
www.osiskars.com  
(coming soon)
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Given 2014-08-19
Tree of Life and the Diamond of Eternal Youth Prop by osiskars

Not only a beautiful and intricate sculpture, but an impressive mechanical feat as well. ( Suggested by Zyden and Featured by cakecrumbs )
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JustAPencil Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
So beautiful! I can't begin to imagine the skill and patience needed to create something this pretty. And it moves! <3
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Nameda Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
most amazing!! me and my kid both though wanna have at first sight :XD: Its stunning and I love the repeating heart patterns in the tree crown no matter from what angle you look you can see them!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! Well it is said that kids are the best critics- they don't lie, so thanks!
You have a keen eye!  Have to say most of it wasn't intentional, but when making these kind of patters you don't even realize what you end up with in the end, need to step back and have a look at the whole as one, and then you realize some of the bigger patterns you have ended up with.. But those little heart shapes where there when I made it :)
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Nameda Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D I like it that they are not only everywhere but also in every angle upright upside down and to the right and to the left
It reminds me a bit on Egg from Elfquest (in case you don't know Elfquest its a comic created by Richard and Wendy Pini and there is an ancient tribe of Elves living inside a mountain (to hide from humans) and one Elf is sitting in permanent meditation/trance) forever forming a huge intricate egg, shell in shell in shell ever growing ever shaping and kept floating by his powers.
 elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineCom… if you look under the original elfquest #13 page 15 you see a picture of it
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asteampunk Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Stunning work 
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osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks1
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sanityhorse Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW - This is beautiful!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wow
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ChristopherPm Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so cool.
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks for everything! 
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THROWHAWK Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Lots of words can describe this and all of them are synonyms for beautiful. well done. :) :D
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Lots of ways to say thank you, but all just synonyms: Thanks!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Ta!
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Pushpa2006 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
That's Awesome. Saw the video amazing work
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
:) thanks! Video fulfills the concept ;)
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WynterPhoenyx Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful piece~ I love the way it all came together, especially the "foliage" on the tree :D The little hearts in the swirls are a nice touch~

I hope you get a good grade for this, it's awesome XD
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :) 
Id like to say nothing in this is random , everything had a thought behind it ;) , kuddos for spotting!

Yeah I got a 1st in my degree :)
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Tenshi-no-Kanashimi Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Simply amazing!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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meiyue Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :love:

Have a nice day :iconlainloveplz:
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks, came as a surprise.
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whitefire33 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is amazing - i mean i've never seen something so intricate and so meaningful ever! very unique and very well presented as well - i seriously want it
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh thank you ,that is a lot of praise! 
Well one day I might make these kind of things as a business ;)
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whitefire33 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :)
definitely do! I'll be one of your first clients!
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is just outstanding. :faint: The whole design, and the fact that it can actually function as a machine of sorts, is just amazing. :love: Real pleasure to see this, thanks for sharing! :la:
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! 
My pleasure to share, and was all pleasure to make( well ok some stuff was very hard and frustrating to figure out , but thats part of the process , and I love it ) 
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! :tighthug:
When creating something, sometimes you come across a snag that's frustrating, but that just helps you learn how to get past it, right? It's fun taking on challenges!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
yeah , I personally love problem solving and challenges, thus these crazy  projects that I had no idea how to make before I started, it was all a learning process.
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BahamutDeusModus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
I usually work that way too, starting a project without knowing how I can finish it or even get it done. I just have an idea, and I go along until it comes out the way I like it. And those can be the most fun projects too, because they're both challenging and surprising. :love:
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MizAmy Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
wow amazing work 
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Rus-ka Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
Absolutely amazing work.
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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stalksthedawn Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing!!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Ta!
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Darkshadowblood Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Remember Captain Robin 
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ShadowIsStillAlive Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... this is breath taking! I love the intricacy in the leaves and roots. It's awesome!

It would be really cool if you could make one of these as a ring box for a proposal, or something. That's be really romantic, and still absolutely beautiful!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you! 
I love intricacy as well, obviously this was a big challenge for me as I wanted to do something quite big  but at the same time keep the intricacy- result was many sleepless nights :D

That is a good idea! I will definitely keep that one in mind.. and do some sketches . Could be a side project of mine..
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ShadowIsStillAlive Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome, it was a compliment that was well-deserved! If you decide to do something like what I suggested, I'm sure I and many others would love to see it!
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Consider the seed of idea planted! :) will see how long it takes to grow and bear fruits. 
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ShadowIsStillAlive Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! I'll be keeping my eye out!
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Verity-of-Paradise Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very beautiful and intricate, truly a very well deserved Daily Deviation. :)
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks you! It is my honor to represent the artisan crafts in Daily deviations :)
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AquinArt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
:D thanks, how much. :)
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AquinArt Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It.. It was a joke ;_; It would be awesome to have it, but I don't have money yet xD
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osiskars Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
:D ofc. I probably wouldn't sell it anyway .
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Lacroa Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Mann that must've taken forever (or felt like it).
I love how detachable it is too!
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