Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tooth carvings prove to be fairy popular

An artist who carved tooth fairies from her extracted wisdom teeth has been inundated with requests from parents to sculpt their children's molars.

Cordelia Cembrowicz's sculptures represent the pain and relief of losing a tooth and came about when she felt unable to throw away her teeth after a visit to the dentist.

Tooth fairy

Miss Cembrowicz, 23, from Bristol, said: "When I held [my teeth] I realised what a powerful material they were and decided to work with them - and the first thing that sprang to mind was the Tooth Fairy. She symbolised both sanctuary and reward, arriving as a blessing after a period of pain."

Using a specially adapted drill and a rotary cutter, she spends up to 20 hours sculpting each tooth.

"I can carve a milk tooth in about seven hours and I charge around £100 pounds. It did take me by surprise just how popular this sort of sculpting is" she said.

There's a gallery of photos here.

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