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Artist Dyes Woodblock to Look Like a Brick of Lava

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Are your hands getting hot just looking at this picture? Reddit is going crazy for this seeming brick of lava that looks like it would scorch you at first touch. In reality, it's a beautiful piece of resin wood art by Deranged Donkey. The Bay Area woodworker expertly manipulates maple burl into an illusive fire brick.

Giving the illusion of dyed wood, the end product is actually achieved by combining colored resin and wood. How? Reddit user FarkMcBark helpfully explains the process. After placing a piece of wood in a form, cover it with low viscosity resin and put it in a vacuum chamber. This sucks out all the air, allowing the resin to soak into the wood and achieve the dyed look.

Deranged Donkey sells his pieces—which would make great book ends or decorative sculptures—through Instagram and its website. If lava-chic doesn't go with your decor, the artist also churns out beautiful pieces in a myriad of colors.

Don't let your eyes fool you—this brick of lava is actually a piece of resin dipped wood.

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Deranged Donkey creates beautiful resin art in a variety of colors if lava isn't your speed.

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And here's video of one of his glow-in-the-dark pieces:

Deranged Donkey: Website | Instagram
h/t: [Reddit]

All images via Deranged Donkey.

Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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