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Decorative Sextant Cube

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Celestaire EXCLUSIVE! Imported from France

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Celestaire EXCLUSIVE! Imported from France

Hand made by Artist Thierry Wintrebert who has been offering remarkable hand-crafted decoration artifact for thirty years.
Wintrebert’s boutique is located in Nice (France), near the famous Cours Saleya.
All his artifacts are made of Plexiglas, some have the added functionality of a light. Wintrebert has always been a sea enthusiast and his passion is revealed in his work: he casts and assembles models of sailing boats with an impressive attention to detail before including this work of art in a unique Plexiglas amalgam to give it such a French touch.
Wintrebert and his wife have been exhibiting the sextant model and other sea references for thirty years on boatshows in France and around the world.

All Wintrebert’s inclusions are made of a resin called Methyl Methacrylate or Plexiglas, Altuglas,
Perspex, Lucite.

The resin is catalysed than heated to harden and support the weight of the chosen item to include – music instruments, exploded watches, divers, sailing models, fishes, etc.
A second acrylic resin is melted in the cast which is then put in an oven at 120°C for eight hours.
The heat welds successive layers together to hold it all in place.
It shrinks by 10% when it cools down, which means Wintrebert must sand and polish each side by hand to give it a neat finish.

Plexiglas being a solvent, many objects would melt in this process, so Wintrebert casts each of them in bronze or brass first in his foundry nearby.

Size of Cube is 2″ x 2″ x 2″

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