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« on: December 29, 2017 01:52:27 PM »

This is a Christmas gift that I started creating way back in September.
As I went to the river for relief on a hot day during summer, I encountered these cool bug exoskeletons on the rocks. They are hatched out acroneuria abnormis, a critter who builds a twig house and crawls on the river bottom, then creeps onto a rock, hatches, and flies away, leaving behind these fascinating discarded forms. I knew that my daughter would find them charming (better word?) so I began gathering them in September.

They are ridiculously delicate so I brought many many tiny boxes to put each one in so they wouldn't get legs all tangle up and break. I pried them off the rock with a sewing needle. Many broke during the attempt.
Once home, I had the brilliant idea that a burlap backing would enhance the natural look. I laid them out in the position I thought most artistic, was satisfied, then discovered to my horror when I removed them for glueing, that the burlap clung to them (or vice versa) so they all fell apart.

I returned to the river which by this time (late October) was a bit chilly for wading. I persevered, even dropping my phone in once as I bent over for the choicest of brittle skins.  But do you think I could locate another fifty critters?  oh, noooooo..... I found a lousy five.     I had to turn to a very lame Plan B and go home and friggin REPAIR the broken ones.  Me, with aging eyesight and clumsy fingers. I did manage to glue many many legs, abdomens, pincers, and antennae back on.

the above pic shows how I glued them to the much more tender backing (no more burlap for THIS project, thankyouverymuch) using a weight because they themselves had no weight at all to them and would not touch the glue dot firmly enough. I thought it ironic that a mud house built by another bug was the ideal weight.

Here they are all mended again

above is a dinner plate which served as an accurate way to get the outer circle started.
It looked pretty bare and the spiral just wasn't popping out to the viewer so I added morning glory seeds in between each bug.

thanks for looking!  It was such a fun project.
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2017 05:14:29 PM »

Utterly fabulous!  love the seeds, kind of gives the whole thing a feeling of a coded message or a maze.  ooh, and you graduated the size, too!  nice job.

 I always thought those things were dragonfly castoffs (maybe they're similar, or maybe I'm confused.  That's happened before).
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2017 05:29:23 PM »

How tenacious are you?!

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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2017 10:50:08 AM »

This is wonderful! I always love the niftiness of your projects, things I'd never think of to honor things that don't get enough love. Beautifully done, and kudos for your patience.

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« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2018 03:57:07 PM »

I was so excited when I opened this gift! I have to say, it looks even cooler in person. And I am amazed to hear that most of them are re-constructed, I never would have guessed! Now I'm even more impressed.

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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2018 08:38:02 AM »

That is an amazing gift! I am impressed by A) How much trouble you went to to collect the original specimens, B) How much time and effort you took to repair the damaged original specimens C) How you arranged them in a spiral and D) How you added the seeds to provide definition to the spiral.

Such a thoughtful gift! I'm a bit jealous of Acadian Driftwood right now Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018 06:22:53 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2018 12:05:50 PM »

Very cool! I am sure your daughter loved it. It's so unique.

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« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018 12:10:44 PM »

Thanks for the great story. I always love your work and...despite the subject...I thought this was awesome. Just fascinating. Love your persistence in the name of art!
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