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« Reply #20 on: September 12, 2006 01:33:03 AM »

Wow, that's one cool kitchen! Well done Smiley
Although I don't really agree that genetics is the best part of biology  Tongue (I prefer neurobiology myself  Roll Eyes), you inspired me to make a Rosalind Franklin nightlight for my little niece. Thank you!
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« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2006 07:01:06 AM »

You should have totally included Rosalind Franklin. She was totally screwed on that whole endeavor.


But, that is really amazing. Question: Is everything handpainted, or did you also use a stencil?
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« Reply #22 on: September 14, 2006 07:04:40 AM »

Ok, something that is bugging me about this post...just FYI, because I am a developmental geneticist, Watson and Crick were NOT geneticists. They never did a bit of genetics research. They were more molecular biologists if anything.

Sorry, I'm completely a science nerd.
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« Reply #23 on: September 15, 2006 11:13:08 AM »

This is beautiful!  I have been wanting to do some type of Warhol-ish painting piece for my kitchen for a while now.  The problem is, I am not really a painter.  I don't have an eye for the colors.  I was wondering, did you just paint this freestyle, or did you have a computer program that could change the colors for you, like photo shop or something?  Also, did you stencil, or draw it?  It's great!
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« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2006 09:37:36 AM »

I love that my post has started a discussion about the history of biology... I am actually a sociologist of biology in my other life as a non-craftster  Smiley  I did Watson and Crick because I was trying to use "mass culture" symbols of genetics in keeping with the pop art theme, but I'm excited to see some Rosalind Franklin crafts!

About how I actually painted the faces on:  I took photos of Watson and Crick from the internet and played with the contrast in photoshop until they were mostly black and white outlines. Then I flipped the images (so that I had mirror images) and put the photos behind the piece of plexiglass and used them as a pattern when I was painting.   After it was dry, I flipped the plexiglass over so that the paint is actually on the back side, rather than the front (that's why you have to flip the images before you start painting).

Putting stenicls behind the plexiglass obviously makes it *much* easier and faster to paint the images, and you can layer the paint -- if you start with the dark outlines, then you can just paint over the dark layers with lighter colours and not have to worry so much about accuracy.  I also think it looks much nicer to have the paint on the back side of the glass... then you see the smooth front of the plexiglass in your finished product instead of the glass paint.
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« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2006 10:54:27 AM »

OOoo..thanks so much for the mini-tutorial. I want to make something similar to this sometime.

Don't you find that scientists tend to be pretty crafty? I would think it would be opposite, but it isn't.
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« Reply #26 on: September 19, 2006 05:17:18 PM »

Congrats.  You are amazing.   Kiss
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« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2006 03:53:25 PM »

wow, i totally thought i was going to click on a double helix lamp, but this is infinitely more awesome! yay.
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« Reply #28 on: October 06, 2006 06:04:15 PM »

I LOVE this.  Watson came to speak here last year and now I'm going to have to copy this idea.   Where did you get the pictures?

Amazing job.
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« Reply #29 on: October 31, 2006 05:13:27 AM »

OMG!!! this makes me sooooo happy! Grin
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