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« on: July 22, 2013 04:09:02 PM »

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. Smiley
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

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013 08:02:45 PM »

SOOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty and well made!

But I'm mostly happy for you that you got your little sweetie back. Yay!  Grin

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« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2013 09:18:50 PM »

Thanks, AmyLynn98! I'm happy, too Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013 11:51:27 PM »

I love them both - each has its own charm - what great detail!

So glad you got your friend back as well.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013 08:46:09 AM »

lOVE these! they make me think of my mom and my nana Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2013 02:02:16 PM »

I have to tell you - at first I just thought this was a post about pre-made ornaments that you painted - but when I read that you actually SCULPTED them I was totally impressed!!!  You did an amazing job - perfect likenesses!!

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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2013 12:48:48 AM »

Thanks for the kind words Smiley

I really enjoyed sculpting these. I'm thinking I'll sculpt a couple new ones some time soon! They're so fun to make and paint.

« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2013 06:29:54 AM »

I have a goffins and would LOVE to make one of him. It'd be awesome if you can post a tutorial of the method for the feathers Smiley
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2013 08:41:52 PM »

Can do, NerdEcrafter! I'm working on a new sculpt and it was the perfect opportunity to take some pictures of the WIP for the feathers. I'll add it onto the end of the OP.

« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2013 12:55:33 PM »

Can do, NerdEcrafter! I'm working on a new sculpt and it was the perfect opportunity to take some pictures of the WIP for the feathers. I'll add it onto the end of the OP.

YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Thank you so much <3!!!!! =D I am sooooooo happy. I will try making my goffins and give all credits to the process to your tutorial <3! yay!!
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