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« on: August 12, 2011 10:03:53 AM »

I've posted three plaques on the Miscellaneous Topics thread, but wanted to post the cicada over here as it shows an example of the "blending" technique I am trying to achieve and that was discussed in the Polymer Clay Bugs Plaque thread I posted here a couple of weeks ago. I did resolve the melting brush issue by using sable. Yikes! It's expensive but it doesn't melt or react to acetone (which I am using as a thinner and brush cleaner).
The wings of the cicada are painted with three different nail enamels that I have blended with a wee bit of acetone to get a more gradual color shift. Still working on getting it all to look a bit more polished (ha,ha) but that is all about doing something a bunch of times to perfect the technique. Now that I can really paint and add layers, I think there is no end to the possibilities. Thanks for the advice and input everybody....it's greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 11:58:56 AM »

Wow  Shocked

That's so, so lovely.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011 02:05:43 PM »

Okay - so I'm going to have to go dig up your other post because I somehow missed it...but...I'm going to assume that's not a REAL cicada??  I remember when I lived in Maryland there would be times when those critters would COVER the sidewalk!  In any case I think it's wonderful - love the colors and the richness of it all.  Now I'm off to find your others!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011 02:47:56 PM »

I'm in love with this!
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2011 04:36:55 PM »

Okay - so I'm going to have to go dig up your other post because I somehow missed it...but...I'm going to assume that's not a REAL cicada??  I remember when I lived in Maryland there would be times when those critters would COVER the sidewalk!  In any case I think it's wonderful - love the colors and the richness of it all.  Now I'm off to find your others!  Smiley

Hey 'Bird! No, it's not a real cicada, but it plays one on t.v. Cheesy Seriously, it's just a really good impression of one and made of brass. I used to live in MD too! I remember those cicadas. What a mess!
MW, thanks for the nice words....be careful, you might end up with something similar for Christmas! Wink
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2011 08:29:09 PM »

Well I think I feel a little better about that.  And I kind of love the fact that someone thought to make a brass cicada.  Smiley    Just out of curiosity, where do you find a brass cicada? HA!
Your others are all amazing - what an eye catching and interesting display they all make!
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« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2011 04:01:27 AM »

MW, thanks for the nice words....be careful, you might end up with something similar for Christmas! Wink

OMG! I'm adding it to my new pinterest (along with everything else you do)!   Wink Cheesy
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Very, very beautiful. The colors appear incandescent just as a real insects would. Great work!
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