A few days ago my wonderful 3D printed steel bubble parts arrived (yay!) and today I’m going to show you what I did with them!!
First thing… a bit of etching! Gotta tape up the holes…
… and paint the metal with etching fluid.
One dry, little dead fishy, horrible sea creatures and monstrous imagery are scraped away.
And etched! with my friend the nitric acid.
After a quick clean, the pieces are given a fire to oxidize the metal and give a little bit of tonal colouration.
They are then rubbed back using the pendant drill and a little sandpaper.
Now they’re all shiny and ready for the finishing touches!
The beads are strung onto a knitted blue wire chain and strung with a variety of blue beads and pearls.
The studs and ring have cubic zirconia gemstones, wire, and bits of hacked up dinosaurs that have been painted with gloopy varnish pigments (ie. nail polish!) are added into the little pre-printed holes.
All the pieces are then finished with little spots of clear varnish. My display for these pieces is going to involve something a little wet…. so when the pieces are submerged the varnish will prevent them from rusting all over, ie. the rust will only appear in certain parts…… or that’s the plan anyway! rusting isn’t really something I’m going to have control over! but that’s the fun of these little dead mermaids :)
Stay tuned for a post with images of the finished pieces and a photoshoot post too!