This ornament is actually number two in the series I'm planning on doing - a Fancy Yellowside Green Cheek Conure. He's set next to a qantuta bloom, which is the national flower of Bolivia, where Green Cheeks are known to make their native habitat (which includes areas of surrounding countries in South America as well).
I'm really getting into conure ornaments lately, and it all started when a family friend took my own Sun Conure, Lenore, outside, on the 4th of July of all days - without my husband's or my permission. With all of the explosions going off, even just being around midday, she spooked and flew away. Big surprise, huh? Dumb friend + beer = lack of judgment. Anyway, long story short, we got her back after five days of false leads from the posters put up when a neighbor two streets away told us they saw and heard her in their neighbor's garage. The day before, when I thought I'd never see my pretty little ball of personality ever again, I had been in the mourning process, and channeled it into this memorial sculpt of my beloved Lenore. Now it's just a pretty thing to hang on the wall XD
The whole process inspired me to continue with a series of conure ornaments.
Here's the first ornament I made - the tribute to Lenore.
A Sun Conure with a couple of plumeria blooms, both of which can be found native in Brazil.
I'm tempted to remake the Sun Conure ornament with more feather detail, like the Green Cheek has. The Sun will always be the most special to me, though.
Both were sculpted with a mix of sulper sculpey firm, and super sculpey original in a 4:1 ratio, and then painted with acrylics. The Sun was sealed with a satin finish varnish, giving it a bit of a shine, and the Green Cheek was sealed with a clear, matte varnish, which I prefer over the satin finish. The shininess makes the poor sun look like it's been slicked in baby oil! Both have a high gloss finish over the eyes for some extra life-likeness.
The Sun ornament measures 2 3/4"h x 2 1/2"w x 1/4"thick
The Green Cheek ornament measures 2 1/2"h x 2 3/4"w x 1/4"thick
Here are a couple shots of the ornaments pre-paint.
Thanks for looking!