An antique connoisseur friend visited and commented that the two griffins that adorned my Art Deco inkstand would originally have had gemstone eyes. I had thought this myself, but somehow someone else mentioning it was a spur to inevitable action.
The 3 mm diameter dull eye sockets somehow demanded brilliant cut rubies. My budget said synthetic, and eBay obliged for £1.99. :-) The following photos show how you transplant griffin eyes!
|inkstand before: offendingly eyeless griffins|
|dull unseeing eye-socket|
|polishing eye-socket using wire-wool on screwdriver|
|polished eye socket (to help gem sparkle)|
|7 gems bought off eBay for £1.99|
|inserted and glued gem|
|inkstand after : flame-eyed griffins|
The only technical complexity was 7 gems and only 4 sockets. In fact, the sockets were quite deep and looked best with two gems inserted. One of my griffins has one sunken eye, but do you know I am getting a warm glow of griffin gratitude and aesthetic completion.