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Topic: Finished Fixing Mom's Flamingo  (Read 922 times)
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« on: June 02, 2014 07:39:53 PM »

My mom passed away in November last year. She wanted us to wait until we could all be together, in the spring, to spread her ashes (my husband is in the military and his CO wouldn't let him come home before she passed). So we got together in April to take care of her one last time. One of the things we brought back from our trip home was a heavy stone flamingo that belonged to my mom. It was a little rough looking. having spent at least one Iowa winter outside and several Iowa summers baking outside in the heat.

That one winter it sat outdoors for is what helped to break it's neck. Luckily for me, there is some kind of rebar inside the neck, so everything held together in the bed of the truck on the way back here.

I used a Walgreens knock off of Gorilla Glue, which I was very happy with. The Python Glue is actually thinner and less "foamy" than the Gorilla brand. A couple applications inside the crack was enough to secure the break, but it wasn't enough to disguise it.

For that, I needed to make a couple thin clay collars for it from Sculpey. And since it's oven bake clay, I had to breal down and buy an embossing/heat gun to cure it.

Then I did a quick and dirty paint job on it to set my base colors: just a bright pink for the body and a hunter green for the base. I didn't do any detail work with it. It was just two cans of spray paint.

I painted everything else by brush last night with other colors for the details.

I think my mom would approve of this. I had asked her once before if she'd let me fix it for her and she said no at the time. Now, you've got to get right up on it to see where the thickness and smoothness of the neck changes where the clay and the stone come together.

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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2014 02:43:17 AM »

Sorry about your mother. The Flamingo turned out beautiful. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: June 03, 2014 05:24:06 PM »

Beautiful job!  I'm sure your Mom would be very pleased. 

I have a little gnome on a motorcycle that's had a broken arm for about three years now.  I think maybe I'll take a crack at fixing it now that I've seen what a beautiful job you did.

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2014 07:55:37 PM »

Thanks so much. It was nice to have a project, that was also something of Mom's, to work on. I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately so it's nice to have that to look at in my flower bed. Smiley

My zombie gnome was a 2013 Featured Project, and my KISS gnomes were an August 2014 Featured Project. Thanks for voting for them.

Check out my posts on Geek Crafts or at amylynn98.blogspot.com/
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