SteelSphere02The real steel sphere knot, this time in daylight
Just another picture of the actual artifact. I made the 3D model heavily relying on this as a model. The binding knot is virtually identical. The sphere, of course, is not.
SteelSphere01The real steel sphere knot
Here's the steel sphere hanging from the binding. It's quite tight, and robust. After practicing against a toddler, one becomes quite adept at making things secure.
Arcane Fluids3D model sphere knot
A sealed glass flask, containing fluids of unknown origins. Why don't they mix? Why is the green liquid so much denser than the orange? Are they metals? Who tied that gorgeous knot?
SphereKnot033D model sphere knot
The glas flask and ropework, without the fluid. Who wants fluid in their flask anyhow?
You can see the ropework pretty well here. I tried to make it as close as I could to the original, but after a while I grew tired of tweaking bends and knots and called it good enough.