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edamame
« on: March 06, 2005 09:38:42 AM »

I saw the coolest pin made out of one butterfly wing, that was apparently lightly coated with resin. Any ideas how to do this without ruining the delicate wing?? The only thing I could find online was this: http://www.emmacaton.com/ but this still looks too thick...

I'm wondering if it would work to first spray the wing with some acrylic clear spray-on sealer, then paint it with the resin. I've never worked with resin, and don't know if its even possible to "paint" it on!

Oh, this is from that same site as above, but really weird...
http://www.emmacaton.com/roedeer.html
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2005 10:55:43 AM »

oh wow... i thought the wings were cool, but then I saw that last link and I think I just want.. throw up or something.

I think you pour resin? Ive never worked with it, either...
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2005 03:41:27 PM »

At the top of that first link is a button for her jewelry... shows more bugs. I'm just so impressed at how clear and polished the resin is.

yeah, I guess that second one is a deer fetus or something.
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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2005 04:10:23 PM »

that second one is too bizzare- as far as the resin goes general practice says that you pour it. however it is a liquid (similar to thin syrup) so I don't see why you could't paint it on. I would definately seal the wings with something first otherwise they will absorb the resin and not be as vibrant. those wings were amazingly beatiful. if you experiment with this please share your findings! good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2005 04:27:06 PM »

You might also try dipping the wings after sealing them.  The brush strokes may job loose the "feathers" in the butterfly wings even after you seal them.  Dipping would be less intrusive to the wholeness of the wing.
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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2005 04:43:21 PM »

You might also try dipping the wings after sealing them.  The brush strokes may job loose the "feathers" in the butterfly wings even after you seal them.  Dipping would be less intrusive to the wholeness of the wing.

Very smart, I agree!!
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2005 06:22:21 PM »

Any ideas what to seal it with? Spray-on something?
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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2005 06:37:40 PM »

You could possibly try shellac (or clear spraypaint) to seal them. The only problem is that it might take some trial and error...and I don't know how many dead butterflies you have lying around.

Painting it on is probably not your best bet. I don't know, maybe I'm using a different type of resin than the other poster, but mine is more like a very thick syrup than a thin syrup. It wouldn't go on the way you'd like, and it might even take a few hairs from your paintbrush with it. I would recommend pouring a layer of resin in your mold and letting it solidify, then gently putting the wing on top of it and pouring more resin on it. Maybe if you were to pour slowly, on a corner of the mold where the wing isn't, and let it ooze over onto the wing it would look the way you'd like it to.

The wings are so delicate that I don't know if dipping would work. But I do agree that the dipping technique is EXCELLENT for doing things a little sturdier.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2005 10:06:35 PM »

Hey, is that thing in the second link real?  It has wings.  Maybe it's a pegasus.
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edamame
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2005 03:21:15 PM »

Hey, is that thing in the second link real?  It has wings.  Maybe it's a pegasus.
Yeah, the artist says in her webpage that she was given a bag of doe wombs or something. Creepy!
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