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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:

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  
(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
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!
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 :)
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.… if you look under the original elfquest #13 page 15 you see a picture of it
asteampunk Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Stunning work 
osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
sanityhorse Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW - This is beautiful!
osiskars Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
BIOHAZARD-89 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ChristopherPm Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
That's so cool.
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